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WAKING LIFE: Covers are always a dicey proposition: photo, illustration, or graphic art?
In this case, Bob Schneider is as prolific an artist as he is a singer-songwriter – from illustrating his own CD covers to printing posters – so asking him for a self-portrait was a natural.
Not since the mid- 1980s when Dino Lee & the White Trash Revue paraded onstage with 6-foot penises and near-naked women had Austin seen anything as irresistibly obscene as the Scabs. The success and appeal of Schneider's new act lay in the combination of its charismatic frontman, horn-laden powerhouse band, and danceably dirty songs.
"Every band I started, I'd go down to the Drag every week and hand out stickers.
Rockhead's sound leapfrogged over reigning Austin favorites Retarted Elf and Bad Mutha Goose into one of the few bands holding its own in the early 1990s against the mighty Soulhat and Little Sister on Sixth Street's Steamboat/Black Cat axis."I was with a band called Bitter Lemon, and we played the high school talent show and killed. So did the art (see the cover of this Chronicle), yet that was never the main attraction.Few musicians in Austin can boast the longevity and local history Schneider does."People despised me, because I was drunk," acknowledges the singer. That was the real reason – I didn't want to be hated. As soon as I stopped drinking, I got really productive. "The thing I love more than anything is to make stuff, to make songs. The world and people and all that are scary, and I don't know how to deal with that.
I'm socially inept, and I'm pretty much always uncomfortable.
The difference is, I don't need it the way I once did." Seems pointless to ask B. Lonelyland, his first solo album, entered 2000 to respectable reviews, though a few echoed the Chronicle: "Lonelyland, Schneider's debut as a singer-songwriter type, is one more reason to coo over him ...