The Field Recordings was a brilliant idea that any band should consider. Why not make your live shows available for sale. The overhead is low, and bands really have to separate themselves from the ordinary. Let’s face it, anyone can make a record these days. Unfortunately this gives the music fan more choices of crap but by the same token it gives the great bands, like the Supersuckers the ability to get heard.
The short lived “Supersuckers Field Recordings” captured a snapshot in the bands history, these CD’s were priced right, packaged well, sounded awesome, and each cover reflected the contents found inside. The few Field Recordings released captured the band around that golden era of 2004 and 2005. It’s important to mention that shows exist from the 90’s and early 2000’s but for some reason they remain unreleased. Also noteworthy is that Mike Musburger was the drummer on all 3 of these recordings. My wife, Stephanie, provided most of the photo’s along with Wilbur, the old tour manager, who provided some as well. Tim Gabor did the art and Eddie would write the liner notes.
Obviously, I loved the idea of the band releasing these Field Recordings because it captured that Supersuckers raw energy that often eluded their studio releases. Eddie’s stage banter and Ron’s ability to improvise a ferocious lead is always fun to revisit. In fact, Live in Ferndale just might be one of my favorite live records of all time.
My theory was, if it was a great show, then it made sense to offer it to the fans. While I understand a lot of bands are apprehensive about releasing live albums, I’ve never understood why. If it sounds good, captures the moment, and provides the fans with a special quality then by all means don’t let it sit in on a shelf.
The Digital Download series would also provide the band another outlet for releasing music and providing fans with a glimpse into their incredible talents and history. I’m pretty sure the Supersuckers were one of the first bands to offer digital downloads as well. We saw the future early and embraced it.
Between the Fan Club, Digital Downloads and Field Recordings, we were able to use the music as a community builder. More fans, more people at the shows, equals more opportunities.
BTW it looks like Rontrose is going to put a few nuggets on this iPod that I’m giving away, so donate now to get a chance to win it… drawing is 12/31/10
Below are some specifics that Eddie wrote regarding 2 of the releases that I thought everyone would enjoy… Kinda cool right!
Chris Neal of Midway UT
“Mid-Fi Field Recordings Vol. 1: Live at The Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA”
***Welcome to ‘suckers country***
Picking up where 2002’s Must’ve Been Live left off, this EP is the second live country offering from the Supersuckers. Featuring songs that have never been heard in a live setting before, this is anything but a “retread” of their last live country record. If you enjoyed Must’ve Been Live, then you’ve gotta add this to your collection. Recorded on a rainy night in Seattle at the end of a long rock tour, the boys were inspired and tired enough to let it loose and do some oddball country stuff. A bootleg? You bet. Good? Damn good!
This set features country recordings of:
1. Creepy Jackalope Eye
3. Sail On
4. Pretty Fucked Up
5. Killer Weed
6. Born With A Tail
7. Alabama, Louisiana Or Maybe Tennessee
(okay, we released this one before, but this version really smokes!)
“Mid-Fi Field Recordings Vol. 2: Live at The Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI”
***We’re The Supersuckers, we’ve come to rock the house!***
After years of trying and countless failed attempts, The Supersuckers have finally been captured for their first ever live rock CD. Recorded in beautiful Ferndale, MI on a glorious Tuesday night, “Mid-Fi Field Recordings Vol. 2: Live at The Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI” is here at last. Hear the ‘Suckers tear through 20+ killer songs spanning 15 years of ass kicking like it’s a Saturday night at the Enormo-Dome, because that’s what they do, every night is Saturday night and every morning is Sunday morning coming down for these rock-n-roll die-hards. So go get it, grab it and see how the rock show oughtta be done. If only all bands could be this good.
1. Rock-N-Roll Records
2. Rock Your Ass
3. Bad, Bad, Bad
4. The Evil Powers Of Rock-N-Roll
5. Creepy Jackalope Eye
6. Bruises To Prove It
7. Supersucker Drive-By Blues
8. I Want The Drugs
9. Bubblegum & Beer
10. My Victim
12. Dirt Roads, Dead Ends And Dust
14. Gone Gamblin’
15. How To Maximize Your Kill Count
17. Pretty Fucked Up
18. That Is Rock-N-Roll
20. Born With A Tail