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Schneider released a book of poetry, two solo albums, made guest appearances on albums from Sleater-Kinney, and fronted the Foo Fighters cover of the B-52s hit "Planet Claire." His current side project is a comedy synthpop band called The Superions—in between B-52s gigs, they have released videos and an album of Christmas songs.

In 1998, the band released a greatest-hits album, Time Capsule, which included "Debbie," a tribute to Deborah Harry. In 1999, the band recorded the song "The Chosen One" for Pokemon: The Movie 2000. Celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary in 2002, the band released a two-disc compilation, Nude on the Moon: The B-52s Anthology.

Although the band never stopped touring, after 2002, they lived in different cities and it was difficult for them to produce new material. Nonetheless, Strickland started writing music using ProTools software, and the band got together in their old stomping grounds in Atlanta and Athens to create Funplex, which was released in 2008.

One of their songs, "Juliet of the Spirits" is inspired by the 1965 Federico Fellini movie of the same name. Both the song and the movie are about a betrayed woman who finds the courage to not be afraid anymore. As with their early work, the song is not explicitly gay, but has meaning for the glbtq community. Other songs, like "Funplex," poke fun at consumerism.

Thanks to a fierce following among fans, the band (which tours with three additional musicians) continues to perform more than 60 shows a year, and they released their first live album, With the Wild Crowd, in October of 2011.

Still, activism is never far from their minds. In response to the spate of suicides in September 2010 by gay youth who had been bullied or humiliated, Strickland collaborated with the gay newspaper Washington Blade to create an "It Gets Better" video. Strickland also sometimes appears in concerts with a rainbow sticker on his guitar.

The band also performed at music producer Nile Rodgers' We Are Family Foundation Gala in 2011, and they continue to support other causes.

J. Van Ingen

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    Entry Title: B-52s  
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