Announcement: The 1st Annual Rockonomics Tales From the PIT Open House will be held November 13th in Hollywood CA. Please email me if you’re interested in attending. Donations are appreciated but anyone can enter. Space is limited. Guests will include Jordan Shapiro, Rontrose, Mike A, and myself to name a few. All names will be entered into a lottery and 15 names will be pulled before Oct. 15th Don’t be late.
Also I’m going to attempt a podcast and I’d like anyone with questions to submit them by 9/24. Questions can be directed to Rontrose and Myself.
So back to the nomics of the rock… I’ve written a lot about the fans involvement and the Supersuckers transparency, willingness to take chances and embrace the fans.
In 2002 we did an art contest to design a cover for 3 different 7 inches. Below are the details from the contest. The fans got involved and the band got some great art. We probably had 50 submissions. I remember we were all surprised with how amazing some of them were too. And some submissions were from people who weren’t fans but wanted a shot at getting their art used. So this contest accomplished more than just great art from fans but it got people talking about the band to people who had no idea who the Supersuckers were. Once again we were blazing that trail.
All right, plenty of shit has been going on in “camp ‘sucker” lately and rest assured you will hear about all of it very soon. But right now, and i mean right now, we need your help. Thunder Bolton, Dancing Eagle, Rontrose Heathman (that’s right…, Rontrose! ) and I wanna release three singles before the end of the year of some songs that we have laying around here and we want to offer you the chance to do the artwork for them. So we’re gonna have a contest to see who kicks ass in the art world! Here’s the deal: you send us totally usable, ready to print artwork for a 7″, 45rpm single and we give the winner 10 free copies of the single, a lifetime membership in the Official Supersuckers Fan Club, and the prestige of having done art for The Greatest Rock-N-Roll Band In The World to put on your resume. Sound good? We sure as fuck hope so, ’cause we’re dying to hook up with some good artists. Who knows where this will lead? Anyway, here are the song titles and how they’ll be coupled; -“Givin’ It Away” b/w “Going Back To Tucson” -“Beat To Shit” b/w “Cowboy Song” -“Thinkin’ Out Loud” b/w “Girl I Know” Don’t forget a place for the Mid-Fi logo. Some of these titles may be totally familiar to you already, but rest assured, these are all versions that you haven’t heard before and they totally kick ass. So get crackin’! We need these things by the 8th of August – that’s only a week away!!! Good luck, eddie spaghetti, rock guy. free the west memphis three! www.wm3.orgAugust 2, 2002
The Supersuckers had great art and I admired the band for maintaining that image over the years. The cracked logo alone is one of the most recognizable logo’s in entertainment. Even If someone doesn’t know the band chances are they know the logo. Asking people for artwork submissions might be considered a gamble but ultimately the band would have final approval so it was a chance worth taking.
We did things that other bands and labels wouldn’t consider. First of all what record label would even consider making 7 inches? And could you imagine getting an email from Clive Davis or Christina Aguilera asking for art submissions for her next release. After seeing her last cover maybe they should’ve considered our methods.
With the Supersuckers I felt we all had this sense of creativeness and freedom. We had all the channels lined up to get whatever we had to the people. From the web store to the record stores – we were covered. And with this sense of freedom, having the bases covered, knowing the sales and the fans was perhaps the perfect catalyst for Eddie’s solo releases. Eddie was already doing solo shows so an album made sense.
I’m sure the idea of a solo release had always been kicking around for Eddie. What talented songwriter doesn’t want to make records. It was recorded in three days in Seattle at Studio Litho and once again David Fisher was the man who captured the magic that became the Sauce. The song choices are brilliant and the overall vibe of that release captured the songs and the spirit of that time.
Looking back at that release, I’m partial to the version of Sleepy Vampire on the Sauce more than the one found on MFBT. And I particularly like Eddie’s guitar parts in that song too. Best of all Possible Worlds and Peace in the Valley are just brilliant choices as well. I believe this is the first time that Metal Marty Chandler records with Eddie too. From what I understand the only song on the Sauce that featured a Supersucker, was Bottom Dollar, which Rontrose played on. Like Bubble Gum and Beer, Sleepy Vampire also shows a direction that Eddie’s writing is starting to take. Sleepy Vampire is a fantastic song and Killer Weed is an anthem that should be used in California’s Proposition 19 or at the very least on the show Weeds.
I never imagined Dan “Thunder” Bolton doing a solo release or doing much outside of the Supersuckers but I did imagine Rontrose. I always felt that his exceptional guitar playing and artistic growth would result in more collaborations with other artists and perhaps a side project. I remember him talking about forming a side band but I don’t remember the specifics. I never looked at side bands or solo projects as anything that would interfere with the prize that was the Supersuckers. In fact, my attitude was probably just the opposite. Encouraging and supporting the guys to explore and be creative was a good thing. A chance to play is a chance to play and push your creativeness.
The Sauce was soon followed up with Old. No. 2. This release had a couple of my personal favorites but sold less than the Sauce and took one more day to make. David Fisher captured the sound once again brilliantly. Mike Musburger played drums like he did on the Sauce, like a Swiss watch! It included a DVD and more of Eddie’s compositions as well. It could be argued that some of these songs were some of his best. Some People Say is beyond a doubt one of my favorite
songs. Lyrically and musically that song to me is amazing and a giant leap for Eddie. I was lucky enough to watch them work on the song it in my back yard in Heber City, UT. I Don’t Wanna Know was another instant classic with it’s catchy timing and chorus. The drums sound amazing, even the backing vocals are just perfect. Here We Go is a bit personal and probably reflects Eddie’s feeling about moving from San Diego back to Seattle. I can only assume this but I can tell you that I helped him unpack some of those boxes once he got back to Seattle. He had this storage center on the outskirts of Seattle that I had the pleasure of helping him clean out.
During the making of Old. No. 2 Jordan Shapiro was becoming more involved with the Supersuckers performing mostly pedal steel during the country shows. But the relationship that Eddie and Jordan had would go way beyond the Supersuckers. Jordan would eventually become a fixture at most of the Eddie Spaghetti shows and a lot of the Supersuckers shows. His contributions on Old No. 2 are immense. See the video of I Don’t Wanna Know courtesy of Jeremy Hunt.
And here’s an actual ad w/ outtakes included. Courtesy of Tim Healy
What Jordan presented to Eddie can’t be overlooked. I felt that Jordan really helped push Eddie and was capable of painting Eddie’s vision. This isn’t meant to take anything away from the the duo of Dan “Thunder” Bolton and Eddie Spaghetti, the ferocious sonic textures that Rontrose added or the Supersuckers, I’m merely pointing out how fortunate Eddie was to surround himself with talented payers who could add to his craft.
On October 13th 2005, Jordan sent an email out to the Supersuckers list…
Here’s a big international Hola to all you music fans with above average taste, and the Supersuckers collection to prove it! We here in Mid-Fi land, thought that you out there in Supersuckerville could use a little shakin’ up. So, what we’re doing is replacing your normal Spaghetti dinner with a bunch of, you guessed it………………..ol’ number 2. And who better to spread a thick thick layer on you, than……………….Ta-Da!!!!!
Mr.Jordan Shapiro. Thank you.
You may be asking yourself something like: Who exactly is this mystery man? Or even more likely: Why did we give Eddie all those pharmaceuticals that seem to be causing his lapse in judgment? The good news is: I suspect that the ever talented and hard working rock machine we know as the Supersuckers just might be starting some production on a new record. (I still call ’em records too, Eddie). This makes Rock Folks very tired, and sometimes even a bit edgy, (as most of you know, I imagine), so I’m gonna do my best to give Mr. Spaghetti a rest, and tell you a little bit about a certain record that is hittin’ the pavement NEXT WEEK on Oct. 18th!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ladies and Germs, I am speaking of none other than Eddie Spaghetti’s second solo record: “Old No. 2”!!( Pre order @ supersuckers.com or Amazon.com ) Now the thing about that is……….well, me, and Mr. Murderburger, and the ever ass kickin’ Drew “Lobster Claws” Church. And I would be remiss in not mentioning David Fisher, who recorded and helped produce this record, and the rest of the fellas who were around in one way or another for this recording Wilbur B., Kaz, and Brian “almost Dad” Ballsonfire etc, etc. And last but not least, our constant source of Mid-Fi love from above: Mr. Chris Neal. Take a bow, Chris. Goodgood, now back to the music……………
Being from the Supersuckers camp, you already know that we have no problem calling a Turd a Turd. I don’t care if you’re Christina Aguilara, if a musical turd is born, we’re callin’ it out! From Me to You: There ain’t a turd on this record! You want some country, you got it! You want a nice, melodic slow one (Sean the B#%$@rd I heard you just say “No!”) to soften the rough edges of the daily grind? We’ve got it. It’s called “Old No. 2”. And You, YES YOU can have your very own copy of it ………….. for a very reasonable price (You have to read that part with an ‘old Jewish guy’ accent). We all know bands whose talent for talking about their talent exceeds their actual talent. Rest assured, that is not the case here!!
For me this story begins a couple o’ few years back, when the ‘Suckers were coming to Los Angeles to play 2 shows with the 2nd greatest rock band in this sentence, The Hangmen. I had called Rontrose to offer my services as a pedal steel player for the country show, but he said another friend of theirs had called first, so maybe next time. Luckily, (for me and Old No. 2), Brian Small from the Hangmen called me up to ask me to help them out on the country night. I showed up early for sound check,(there’s a first time for everything), saw that Eddie & Co. had no sit-down guitar hero with them, offered up my services again, faked my way through sound check, and the rest is history. I remember Eddies words to me were: “I don’t know what you’re doin’ over there, but keep doin’ it……you’re hired!!” And Nashville cringed.
The country tracks on the Live in Anahiem DVD (Available @ supersuckers.com as well as Amazon.com) as well as the full country show bonus CD included, are from the 2nd time I was ever onstage with the guys at the Casbah in San Diego, home of none other than Dan “Thunder” Bolton. Here’s to country music Supersuckers style! (Clink of glasses…….Burp!). As I said before, this is a “No Turds” recording, and we want to show the Turdgobblers of the world that they don’t have to settle for crap anymore……..oddly enough by buying “Old.no. 2″. I had the time of my life trying to come up with guitar parts for the record. (As you can see in the DVD included with “Old No.2”) I thought Eddie just wanted me to come up and play a little pedal steel and dobro on his record. When JDawg (Much love Mrs.S) and Q dropped me off at the studio, I walked in and looked around to see what was going on. I didn’t see any one but Dave, Eddie and Murderburger. “Where’s the guitar player?” was my first question. “Looks like it’s all you, buddy” was the general response. Hell, I hadn’t even brought a guitar with me. We borrowed some guitars from Kurt Bloch and a Blackface Fender Twin Ampifier from uh, some guy, and got to work. The running joke was something about the ‘chord charts’ Eddie had made and sent to me weeks in advance, so I would be familiar with the songs when I got there to put ’em on wax! Still waiting. And a hearty “Good Lord”…… Rontrose style.
In case anyone is wondering, I played the whole record (pedal steel and regular guitar) through that Fender Twin. Most of It was played on Kurts 61′ Les Paul Jr. If I hadn’t have played it myself, I’d have thought it was a Telecaster. And I played that Danelectro on “I don’t wanna know”. All the dobro was played on a piece of Sh#t Korean made Regal dobro with a huge hole in the back of it from where I dropped it testing the straplocks I made while drinking cough syrup from the pharmacy. All of the Pedal steel was played on a Black Emmons D-10 Pedal steel guitar, straight into the Twin with a little reverb. All in all, I’m not the kind of guy that tells anyone to buy a record I’ve played on, but I’m tellin’ you now, GET THIS RECORD and come see us next week. We’ll be in SLC on Saturday Oct. 15th for an in store and a show, then back to Seattle for the same on Tuesday the 18th. I’m sure my Moms and Pops and more will be at the Tractor tavern. Let’s call it “Family Nite” Or better yet: RECORD RELEASE PARTY!!!!!!!!! Then We’re off to Tacoma, home of Mr. Rontrose! And down into Oregon, home of….. Oregon state prison, where I’m sure we have some fans. Don’t forget, you can kill 2 birds with one stone by coming to see us with Danko Jones and Turbonegro on the 20th at the Roseland Theatre in Portland. There are a couple of other shows in Bend,OR on the 21st, and in Eugene on the 22nd. This record should hold you until the next Suckers record is done and released, and you might just find that as you listen, Eddie Spaghetti and Crew might just open up a genre of music you didn’t even know you liked!! From Bob Dylan to AC*DC, from Tom Waits to Willie Nelson, this record has it all, done Spaghetti-style. That’s what we Like here in Supersuckers Country.
From us to you: with every pre order of “Old No.2”, you will receive an entry to win the Mid-Fi Guy’s Ipod. I dunno what all he’s got in there, but you might just get to find out first hand if you play your cards right! Buy the album, and try it out:
Listen, drink, enjoy, drink, listen some more, drink, yell at your idiot neighbor, turn it up, keep drinking. Repeat till you see metal bars in front of you, You’ve now had a successful Supersuckers listening party. Cheers, and a Happy Yom Kippur to all the Landesmenn out there,
Jordan “Long Winded Guitar Hero” Shapiro
That’s it for now… Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing some of you in Hollywood in November. Thanks everyone for reading along. The generous contributions are greatly appreciated and certainly are a
great incentive to keep moving along… More to come.