Volume 93, Issue 34

Friday, October 29, 1999


Public Enemy's Chuck D still fighting the power

Supersuckers heading up club rock revival

Boneyard Man digs up radio noir

Woo married to music

OLP confuse Happy with crappy

Changing face of film

Supersuckers heading up club rock revival

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OUR HAIRCUTS AREN'T THE ONLY SHOCKING THINGS ABOUT US. Rock favourites the Supersuckers return to Call the Office on Monday for a heavily-anticipated engagement.

By Sara Falconer
Gazette Staff

How the Supersuckers Became the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World is not a subtle title for an album. But then again, there's very little subtlety to the Supersuckers, whose full-blown rock star schtick has made them one of the most successful groups in the booming indie rock world.

After relocating from Tucson to Seattle at the end of the '80s, the band signed with Subpop in 1992. Comprised of Dan Bolton and Renaldo Allegre on guitars, Dan Seigal on drums and Eddie Spaghetti on bass and vocals, the band have not been averse to exploring new territory over their careers.

While working on the album Sacrilicious in 1993, the band met their hero, Willie Nelson, through a mutual friend and recorded with him, eventually playing at that year's Farm Aid concert. Those events led to a surprising departure from their usual style in the form of 1997's Must've Been High, their first country album. For this project, they were joined by a number of popular musicians, including members of Jesse Dayton and Dwight Yoakam's bands, as well as indie rock traveller Kelley Deal.

Fans have been mostly receptive to the experiment, probably because of the band's well-documented history, which showcases their diverse taste in music. To date, the Supersuckers have released covers of AC/DC, Ice Cube, the Rolling Stones, the Coasters and of course, Willie Nelson.

Frontman Spaghetti's slight drawl belies his Texas origins. "It's something I have in common with Willie," he says. "I don't like just rock or just country. I'm more into songs. If it's a good rap song, or a good pop hit, I'll listen to it."

Recently, the Supersuckers have been plagued by label problems. Shortly after departing from Subpop in favour of Interscope, they left the latter due to problems stemming from a major label merger. "It's just your standard crap that happens to bands," Spaghetti sighs. "Labels are all evil. You try and try to find the least evil, so here we are on a new one."

These complications are the reason for the delay of their newest album, The Evil Powers of Rock 'n' Roll, which will be released on Twenty 14 Records.

"We didn't expect such a gap between albums. As a result, there is confusion as to what kind of band we really are," Spaghetti explains. "The new album will clear that up. We are a 100 per cent hard core rock 'n' roll band that happened to record a country album."

The Supersuckers share a newly thriving rock scene with tourmates Zeke, the Hellacopters, the Zen Guerrillas and the Gaza Strippers. Spaghetti believes the recent revival of rock is more due to the cyclical nature of taste than anything else. "I know most of these bands have been around for years, mostly doing their thing underground," he says. "Now it's popular again and everyone thinks these groups have sprung up from nowhere. I think people will always return to good old guitar and bass rock."

Spaghetti is thoroughly enjoying the current tour. "I love getting these great bands together to do a show like this," he exclaims. "I call it a cavalcade of rock – we come to a town for a night and really show people what rock 'n' roll is about. It also sort of raises the bar for us. When such good bands open for us, we really have to kick ass to follow them."

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