The Superions came to Earth to take over the planet with delirious dance music. They started by taking over the bodies of B-52s frontman Fred Schneider, keyboard and electric drum player Noah Brodie, and programmer Dan Marshall, and producing an album's worth of Christmas music called Destination...Christmas! But seriously, folks, The Superions were Schneider's first actual band since founding the B-52s in Athens, Georgia with his pals Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, and Cindy and Ricky Wilson. The band evolved out of Schneider's long friendship with Marshall and Brodie, residents of Orlando, Florida. Although there is a Transformers character with the same name, The Superions were actually named after an obscure B-movie that Schneider recalled seeing in his misspent youth. Marshall and Brodie had been making music together for quite a while, but The Superions get-together marked their first step into the national limelight.
In 2006, they played Schneider an instrumental track they'd been working on. It had a late-night tiki lounge feel; he recorded his spontaneous musings and they played it back. The references to low-hanging fruit and no tan lines made "Totally Nude Island" a digital hit. The follow-up to their first single, put out on vinyl by Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records of Athens, was a disco tune about shoplifting called "Who Threw That Ham at Me?" That was a digital hit, too, so they kept going. According to their Twitter feed, Nude Island was released on Halloween of 2008, so a Halloween album for 2009 became their next project.
That album stalled out after two tunes, "Zombie Disco" and "Batbaby," but in keeping with the holiday theme, the trio began work on Destination...Christmas! Meanwhile, they released an eponymous digital EP, which also included "Those Sexy Saucer Girls." Destination...Christmas! came out in October of 2010 and was probably the most sexual Christmas record since Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby." The Superions laid down dance-happy beats and referenced cannibalism, the erotic use of candy canes, and drunken relatives on Destination...Christmas!, making it a perfect Christmas album for people who hate Christmas.
After the release of the Christmas album, The Superions dropped a pair of singles, 2011's "Batbaby" and 2014's "Konnichiwa," but Schneider's commitments with the B-52s put the group on the back burner for a few years. That changed in 2017, when The Superions returned to action with their second full-length album, Vertical Mind. ~ j. poet