I felt real fortunate to have Ken involved with the Supersuckers. And here’s a little Rockonomics Q & A with Ken below. Ken Phillips played a huge role early on when I started with the Supersuckers so read on…
Q: When you work publicity for a band what key ingredients do you look for to help with getting the band reviewed?
A: I look for originality, but mostly just rockin’ music that makes a connection. Something that I’m excited to share with the media.
Q: How important is doing press for an album?
A: If you don’t do press for an album release no one will know it exists. Hopefully, the press coverage that a CD receives will turn into CD sales so the band can continue making music and pay for a publicist 🙂
Q: Do you have a favorite Supersuckers story?
A: My favorite Supersuckers story really just involves Eddie Spaghetti. It had been a few years since I had worked with the band and I was on tour with Joan Jett. She was playing the Henry Fonda theater in Los Angeles and the Supersuckers were opening for the New York dolls that same evening up the street at the palace. Anyway, I was hanging backstage and Eddie was back there with some of the guys from Eagles of Death Metal. I was pleasantly surprised to bump into him back there and he asked if he could have his picture taken with Joan Jett. I arranged for the two of them to meet and while we were waiting for Joan to come out of her dressing room Carmen Electra walked in. I knew Eddie was excited to meet Joan, but when Carmen walked in the room I thought Eddie was going to lose it. He looked at me like, Ken, that’s Carmen Electra. Do something!!!! So, I introduced him to Carmen and took his cell phone and snapped a photo of the two of them. By that time, Joan was coming in the room and I think Eddie possibly forgot he was there to meet the queen of rock…Not really, but it was just a fun night to see Eddie so star struck and very happy to be in that room with two of the most beautiful women on the planet. I’m sure it’s a night he’ll never forget.
Q: Was there anything the Supersuckers once did that stood out as awesome? Personally, I always felt fortunate knowing that Eddie Spaghetti was such a good writer and so well spoken.
A: The Supersuckers were so solid as a live band. They always blew me away when they played live and Eddie is probably one of the best writers around. He should write a book. He could probably have a side career as a comedian or television writer. His sense of humor and timing is impeccable.