A: All the covers are special to me but the one that stands out the most is Must’ve Been Live. I especially liked the artwork on the back of the LP. Originally, the artwork for the back of the LP featured the band members as “Playing Cards”. Each member was their own card. Bolton was a 6 of Clubs, Dancing Eagle was a 6 of Hearts, Rontrose was a 6 of Spades, and Eddie was a 2 of hearts. When I sent the art over to Eddie he immediately called me and said “NUMBER 2” ?!?! I want to be the King of Hearts.
I thought having Eddie as the 2 of Hearts was funny. It’s the Supersuckers so you wouldn’t have 4 of a Kind.
And I really liked Devil’s Food and Motherfuckers Be Trippin’. I had so much freedom with those two covers. With Motherfuckers Be Trippin’ I was able to make up the whole story inside insert where there’s the picture of Dancing Eagle pouring a glass of wine over Eddie and the caption reads “(AP Presow “Motherfuckers” and the aftermath (inset). City officials have no explanation for the events that led up to the horrifying “drama.”
And with the glow in the dark Devils Food LP I come up with the sticker “Made with Real Suckers Blood”. The freedom I had as their art director really allowed me to be creative.
Q: Is there a favorite Supersuckers story you’d like to share?
A: I remember this roof top party at Studio Litho which belonged to Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, and I showed up with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Paper bag full of those old M100 Firecrackers. These M100’s were so old I wasn’t even sure if they would light. And of course Eddie grabs one right out of my hand, lights it, and tosses it off the roof. I remember thinking if Eddie blows his hand off it’s going to my fault that the Supersuckers aren’t around anymore. Danny Bland, Brian Kasnyik, and David Fisher were also at this party.
Q: How did you first meet the Supersuckers
A: Jeff Kleinsmith over at Sub Pop asked me to do the poster for the Must’ve Been High release. I didn’t do the CD or LP art for that album but I did do the promotional poster that was mailed out to stores. The theme of the poster is almost like a poker game gone crazy. Lot’s of smoke and guns.
Q: How did you get inspired to create?
A: I listen to the music over and over and over again. I try and beat the music into my brain. With the Supersuckers, I always loved them live. So I wanted Must’ve Been Live to look and feel real active. In fact some of that smoke on the cover was inspired from the Kiss Alive album. It’s all discovery along the way. I try things over and over until I really like it. It’s almost like fine art where those unplanned accidents bring me to discovery…
Q: You’ve worked with artists ranging from the Foo Fighters to Anthrax. Was there every a time you wanted to work with the same artist again because you felt like you grew so much and wanted to prove it.
A: The Foo Fighters. I really wanted to do another record for Dave Grohl. Back in 1993 I’d hang out with Dave and a bunch of us would go bowling and party. In fact one time at one of his birthday party’s I showed up with an old slot car track and set it up. Back in 1993, I did that cover for their first release. I just always felt like I wanted to do another one because I had grown and developed so much as an artist since 1993 or 94. I did hear from him years ago but for some reason we never connected. So Dave call me sometime. My number is below.
I particularly loved the concept for the Mid Fi Field Recording. I love my wife’s photo of Dan Bolton playing that Black Les Paul that was used for “Live at the Tractor Tavern”. Most people don’t know why Dan was playing that Black Les Paul that I believe belonged to the opening band, but it was because he had forgotten his Gold Top at home. That photo is worth way more than 1000 words. It’s one of my favorites.
All the photo’s on the cover of this record were taken by Stephanie Neal at House of Blues in Souther California.
Your commitment and vision to what we did was something that I’ll always admire. I know the Supersuckers fans and everyone else will appreciate what you’ve shared. Thanks again!
Everyone please see this video Tim Gabor provided that shows cover of Must’ve Been Live from start to finish…
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