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The band released three independent albums before disbanding immediately prior to signing with a major label. A stint with a jam-band-esque, slightly Phishy outfit called the Ugly Americans followed, gaining some success as an opening act for the Dave Matthews Band. In 1997, Schneider went on to co-found the Scabs, where he made a further name for himself as a crotch-grabbing frontman. He then went solo in 1999, although initially performing under the name Lonelyland.
Schneider's musical approach as a solo artist proved to be as eclectic as the diverse musical styles of his former bands, combining the traditional singer/songwriter aesthetic with elements of funk, country, rock, and folk. His scruffy good looks and strong, husky voice attracted attention too, but it was Schneider's music -- reminiscent of '70s icons from Neil Young to Paul Simon, with a slightly more modern sensibility of Beck and edgy lyrics about alienation, drug addiction, and lost romance -- that maintained his popularity around Austin.
He began courting a national fan base with 2001's Lonelyland, his major-label debut for Universal Records, and followed it up with 2004's I'm Good Now. Schneider left Universal later that year and moved over to Vanguard; all-the-while continuing to release albums of various "side projects" via his own label, Shockorama Records. Most of those side projects would be re-released by Vanguard, as was another proper solo album, 2006's The Californian. Continuing to release material at a rapid rate, Schneider issued When the Sun Breaks Down on the Moon in 2007, Lovely Creatures in 2009, and A Perfect Day in 2011. His latest album, The King Kong Suite, was released in three 5-track EPs over the course of 2015: King Kong Vol. 1 in February, King Kong Vol. 2 in June, and King Kong Vol. 3 in October.