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Don’t rock the lobster anymore, says B-52s frontman

Posted by Jack Pickell  March 17, 2014 06:29 AM

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You couldn’t avoid the song “Rock Lobster” in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, but now B-52s, frontman Fred Schneider says lobsters should be left alone to roam.

It’s the 35th anniversary of the new wave anthem, and in case you need a refresher:

On this anniversary, Schneider has issued a shocking admission: He hasn’t eaten lobster (or any seafood boiled alive) since he was four, the Associated Press reported:

Fred Schneider says he stopped eating crustaceans after going crabbing with family...and watching them boiled alive at age 4. The life-long vegetarian said in video narrated for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that he views crabs and lobsters not as seafood but as ‘‘sea life.’’

So why would he sing about a “Rock Lobster?” Blame disco. Schneider was in an Atlanta club in the ‘70s where he saw images of lobsters projected on the wall. He liked the play on words of a “rock lobster” and ”rock music."

In a public service announcement he voiced for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Schneider says it really “Burns his butt when people drop (lobsters ) in boiling water.”

As New Englanders know, the Maine lobster and the rock (or "spiny") lobster are different crustacean variations, according to Food Editorials.com:

The difference in taste between the spiny lobster and the Maine lobster is significant. The spiny lobster is much more mild and bland tasting, being quite close to tasteless. The Maine lobster has a very pronounced, succulent taste that is somewhat on the sweet side, although the meat is extremely low in sugars and carbohydrates

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