This is Debbie Seagle your roving reporter,
Iím here today speaking with Eddie Spaghetti, lead vocalist / acoustic
guitarist for the hard rock, country, blues infusion band The Supersuckers.
Weíre speaking with Eddie today because this is the eve of the release
of their new album on their own record label, Mid-Fi Recordings. On March
12th weíll see the release of ďMust've Been LiveĒ; a 19-track, 70-minute
CD for pure bootleg dynamite.
RNW: While I was doing my research,
prior to speaking with you I found it kind of difficult to classify the
Supersuckers. Maybe you can help me out, I work with all different genres
of music and when I look at you folks, you look like good olí boys to me
but you donít sound like good olí boys.
RNW: So itís kind of different, how
do you classify the Supersuckers?
Eddie: I donít know, thatís a rough
one because especially with this sort of country alter ego that we have.
When we first started making music we just thought of ourselves as a hard
rock band. This was the late 80ís when you either metal I guess or punk
or something. When I record came out and the reviews started coming in,
they were calling us a punk band and that kind of surprised us, ďA punk
band? Weíre not a punk band!Ē We just wanted to be like Motorhead. We always
stood by the fact that we are a rock Ďn roll band and when people would
start spitting on us and acting sort of late 70ís punk, we would always
make fun of them, single them out and say this is a rock Ďn roll show.
Then of course we made the country record and that sort of threw everything
for a loop. People started calling us ďsouthern rockĒ or ďsouthern friedĒ
or whatever and I really donít like southern rock you know.
RNW: I donít classify you as Lynyrd
Skynyrd kind of stuff.
Eddie: No I donít like 38 Special.
I consider rock Ďn roll to be very urban, from the city and our country
music to be from the desert, very western and not southern at all.
RNW: But youíre not ďhonky tonkĒ either
and I know, Iíve worked with Roger Klein out from your area in Arizona
and heís very roadhouse, very honky tonk.
Eddie: Yeah, our country side is
definitely more tongue in cheek. When we made our country record we wanted
it to be distinctly western, we looked to artists like Marty Robbins and
then like a Bakersfield sort of a sound and uh to sort of emulate that
but the song writing was the same. The same sort of elements that are in
our rock songs are in our country songs, there is a lot of tongue in cheek,
a lot of comedy and a lot of not Weird Al Yankovich type comedy but sort
of like biting sarcasm. I think lyrically itís been the same for us no
matter what kind of music we are making. It tough, primarily we are a rock
n roll band but we got this kind of country alter-ego.
RNW: I just got done listening to stuff
you did live in I think it was Sweden and that was just like a rippen rock
Eddie: I remember recording that.
I havenít heard it, I saw that itís on the website. I should probably listen
RNW: Yeah, itís great. Itís a great
way to introduce people who havenít heard of you or have heard of you and
not heard your music. Itís a good little selection there that I think Iím
gonna hook people into because it gave me a really good feel for what you
guys are all about.
Eddie: Yeah, live rock shows are
usually froght with problems just due to the recording quality because
we are so loud and itís hard to record without a concerted effort to use
like a mobile truck or whatever. We actually had one at that show so it
might sound pretty good.
RNW: It does. I have a quote here and
I canít say whether it is attributable to you or not but let me read it
and then I want to get some of your thoughts on it. The quote is ďI truly
believe that a band is defined by their limitations. What they canít or
wonít do is just as important as what they can do.Ē Is that you?
Eddie: Yeah, thatís me.
RNW: What canít or wonít you do?
Eddie: Well you know we canít play
really good. (laughs)
RNW: I wouldnít say that.
Eddie: No, itís the truth. There
are musicians out there that are MUSICIANS that really work hard and practice
a lot to be very depth and nibble, they can read music and they can do
all these fancy words that I donít even know the meanings of. Part of what
our esthetic has been in the words of Johnny Ramone, you know, you never
practice to remain somewhat remedial is key because when you first start
making up songs and playing them in your band together there is this magical
feeling like ďoh my god, I canít believe weíre doing this!Ē and I like
to retain that as much as possible and itís funny to people and it reads
funny to say we donít practice, we really donít, it kind of part of the
esthetic to remain somewhat remedial and caveman about making rock n roll
because thatís what good rock n roll is all about.
RNW: Yeah it is, itís a guttural emotional
type of thing. Sometimes the best music is the balls out--go for itówhat
ever comes out type of thing.
Eddie: Exactly, and I tried to continue
to make up quality songs, you canít fudge that. But as far as being a musician
goes, thatís overrated. A lot of times bands will get where they practice
a lot and start experimenting with all sorts of new stuff and it just winds
up making the band sound like ass.
RNW: (laughs) ok, weíve covered what
you canít do but what about what you wonít do? Iím a little more interested
in that, Iím kind of amused by the fact that everything that I read and
see about you guys kind of gives me feeling that you have kind of a special
relationship there with the Devil.
RNW: What wonít you do?
Eddie: Well Iíd never go tour under
any sort of Christian flagship. That pretty much goes without saying. For
me our relationship with the Devil has been a really fun relationship.
For me the whole God, Devil, Heaven, Hell thing is a bit like the Easter
Bunny and Santa Claus and Candyland Lane or whatever it is. I just donít
buy any of it. Of course, Iím gonna side with the Devil where all the good
artwork is, he gets all the chicks and has the best drugs and it seems
that he is having all the fun to me.
RNW:.. The people that are your fans
now, what are they looking for? What attracts them to you?
Eddie: I think in general the people
that find the Supersuckers are, as I said before, people that have embraced
rock n roll as their personal savior. The person that has heard all the
rock n roll there is to hear and is looking deep down, under the surface,
and have put their ear to the ground to find something that moves them.
Bands like us, and there is a lot of bands kind of at our level, that I
think make really great rock n roll music and whenever somebody says rock
n roll is dead, I can rattle off ten bands that are active, working right
now bands that kick ass, that arenít on the radio, theyíre not on MTV and
they are touring in a van, down by the river in a city near you. And the
kind of people that seek these bands out, theyíve heard all their favorite
bands, they started at the very beginning of rock n roll and researched
it all, and they found bands like us, Rocket from the Crypt, New
Bomb Turks, Hangmen, and The Gaza Strippers, you know, the list goes on
and on for me.
RNW: Yeah, you bring up a really good
point about all of these bands that accept rock n roll as their personal
savior, that are not in the mainstream media, that are not on, you know,
total request, that are not pals with the ďin-crowdĒ but are down home
rockers and what do we do about that, what do we do about letting people
know about that? You folks have started your own record label, am I right?
Eddie: Correct, Yes.
RNW: Now, youíre the only talent on
that label right now, am I correct?
RNW: Are you at all thinking about joining
together with some of these bands that you mentioned to bring that out?
Eddie: Yeah, that is definitely
a goal of ours. Of course, for us to go and promise these bands something
who are often times, theyíre friends of ours and weíve toured and worked
with them a lot, Iíd hate to promise them things and then fail. Like any
record label has done to them, probably over and over again. Weíre gonna
work out the bugs on ourselves, see if we can take it and then hopefully
we will be able to put together what I like to call a ďcavalcade of rockĒ,
you know these bands that I think need to be heard. I donít have any sort
of avant-garde taste by any means, every time I try to make up a song,
I try to make up a hit song. Itís just a hit on sort of a different level
than say a, whatís on the radio I guess. Iím not trying to be tricky or
better than anybody, Iím just a regular dude trying to make some kick ass
rock n roll. And a lot of bands are like that and they should be heard.
RNW: I think youíre succeeding in the
kick ass rock n roll and I think if you can bring a cavalcade or rock n
roll to people, dude you could start your own church.
Eddie: Yeah, it would be dynamite.
RNW: There is such a need for it.
Eddie: Yeah, I agree and I think
that every new band that comes along that is inspired by us or bands that
are what I could consider our peers is just one step closer to blanketing
the whole area.
RNW: So what was this like, starting
your own record label?
Eddie: Well, itís been sort of an
ongoing learning process about what I call the other side of the mic. A
lot of words that we heard through the years like marketing, demographic,
and all these sorts of weird words that all of a sudden make sense or you
understand. Thatís both a blessing and a curse I guess. The good side is
we have the ability now to get hopefully more music out to our fans, who
are the coolest people in the world. Thatís what we are hoping to be able
to achieve is to release the hounds on everybody. Like weíve got all these
little things that weíve always done and would like the people to hear,
you know labels want things to fit into certain pockets and some of the
stuff just doesnít like this live country record for example, I donít
think would ever see the light of day on any other label but our own. So
thatís the good side. The bad side is itís work! We didnít get into this
work, we got into this to not work.
RNW: (laughs) Money for nothing and
your chicks for free!
Eddie: Exactly! So there is some
work involved, hopefully itís going to wind up being super rewarding just
like playing a live show, we didnít think that youíd walk off the stage
completely soaked in sweat and have to have a plastic bag for your sweaty
cloths in your van next to your head while you sleep. But that stuff happens.
RNW: Thatís the rock n roll lifestyle.