Fred Schneider has been lending his unique voice to his band The B-52s for years. Now, for the 35th anniversary of their hit song, “Rock Lobster,” Schneider is lending his voice to raise awareness about the slaughter of lobsters and crabs in a new PETA exposé’.
In an accompanying guest post for the PETA blog, Schneider (who has been a vegetarian since childhood) shares the story behind one of his most famous songs, “Rock Lobster,” and why we’ll never hear that song used to promote “sea food.” He writes:
“I got the idea for the song “Rock Lobster” watching a slide show in an Atlanta disco in the late ’70s. There obviously was no budget for a light show, so they showed slides of puppies, children, and … lobsters on a grill! Ridiculous! But I thought, “Hmm, rock this, rock that … rock lobster!” I told the band, and we jammed on the title. Unfortunately, people would bring live lobsters to shows, offer dinners as prizes, etc. But we put a stop to that. We even had an offer from a soup company to sell the song to promote a lobster bisque—I refused. To this day, I don’t go to dinners on the beach and am appalled by people cooking any sea life.”
Schneider hopes that the video will get viewers to appreciate sea life over seafood. Check out the video to learn more about the truth behind the doors of lobster and crab slaughterhouses.
Photo credit: PETA Blog