Bob Schneider was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and raised in Munich, Germany. The son of an opera singer, he moved with his parents to Germany when he was two. He learned guitar and piano at an early age and made his first live appearances performing at his parents' parties. He dropped out of the University of Texas at El Paso where he studied art to front his first band, Joe Rockhead. The band independently released three albums before disbanding immediately prior to signing with a major label. A stint with a jamming outfit called the Ugly Americans followed, which opened for the Dave Matthews Band and H.O.R.D.E. festival. In 1997, Schneider went on to co-found The Scabs, which later merged with the Ugly Americans. With The Scabs, Bob Schneider made a further name for himself as the front man. In 1999, Bob Schneider became a solo act, though performing at first under the band name Lonelyland, which he later dropped as a band name, but titled his first major-label album after.
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