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"People think I'm a multi-millionaire, and I'm not," he says. "I can't retire. None of us can."
Even before 'Love Shack' became a sensation in 1989, the B-52s had minor hits with songs like 'Rock Lobster' and 'Private Idaho.' But 'Love Shack,' featuring a catchy chorus and Schneider's trademark speak-sing vocals, became a huge hit, paving the way for a big follow-up, 'Roam.' Both peaked at No. 3 on the charts.
Still, Schneider admits the 'Love Shack' royalties didn't allow him to buy a house suitable for an episode of 'MTV Cribs.'
"I got a house, but it was back when houses were cheap, and I got a bargain," Schneider says. "Unbelievable bargain."
Schneider, who is currently touting his side project, the Superions, claims it's even more difficult to make money recording today. The B-52s' last album, 2008's 'Funplex,' was a Top 15 record, but with record sales plummeting, even that success doesn't necessarily result in big paychecks.
"We only broke even with the last album," Schneider reveals. As a result, the B-52s need to tour, and Schneider has to watch his spending.
"I'm still very modest," he admits. "My big splurge is too many records."