Bob Schneider (former frontman for The Ugly American and The Scabs) is a singer-songwriter from down in Austin, Texas who is quite the funky little mofo. He’s got a hard-strumming goodtime acoustic sound, incorporating rootsy beats and funk: he calls this style “frunk” (n.b.: not to be confused with crunk).
I am just getting more into his tunes recently, and to help me with this enjoyable process a pal made up two mix CDs for me with hearty doses of his music, both album stuff and rare/unreleased/bonus tracks. The range is broad, from these achingly doubting, intimate bedroom ballads (“Things My Head Heard” demo) to headliners for your next party mix (the fantastic “Assknocker”) and salutes to your workplace as you drive out of the parking lot on a Friday afternoon (“Fuck It”).
I’ve compiled my favorites into this little Bob Schneider mix. I left off songs from his two most popular albums, Lonelyland (2000) and I’m Good Now (2004) except for some bonus tracks, because you can (and should) get those albums. A few tracks from lesser-known albums made it on (the danceable “Mudhouse” and “Boombox” from The Californian, “Candy Man” and playful “Ooey Gooey Chocolate” from the self-released Galaxy Kings, “Drinking Song” and “Over The Rainbow” cover from Songs Sung And Played On The Guitar At The Same Time). The rest are unreleased/demos/live stuff. Overall, the castoffs tend to be a bit more playful and mischievous than the album stuff, so if you just listen to the biggie albums, you might have a slicker adult-alternative impression of him. This mixtape will be awesome for summer.
Get to know Bob Schneider. He’s on tour now (always), I hear the live shows are impressive and FUN.
BOB SCHNEIDER MIXTAPE
Mudhouse (he ain’t got nobody he can call his shorty)
Ooey Gooey Chocolate
Captain Kirk (live)
Things My Head Heard (original demo)
Batman (live on ACL)
Everybody’s Doing It (unreleased demo)
Good Thing (live)
Taking Care Of Business (BTO cover)
Over The Rainbow
King Of The World (bonus track, Texas Edition of Lonelyland)
Broke Dick (unreleased demo)
C’mon Baby (live)
Piggyback (original demo)
The World Passes You By (bonus track, Texas Ed./Lonelyland)
The Bridge Builders (live)
If I Only Had A Brain
Fuck It (definitely not suitable for work. Unless you work at, say, Bada Bing)