The Supersuckers Digital Download Series provided the band with another means of getting their incredible catalog heard. Unfortunately, like the Field Recordings, it was short lived. Some fans found these releases overwhelming, especially in the long void that filled MFBT and Get It Together. With all seriousness, how many live shows does someone need that start with “That Is Rock N Roll” and end ala “Born w/ A Tail”?
The fact is this band had immense talent and needed to grow their existing base. Most importantly their live show couldn’t be matched as proved on “Live in Ferndale”. Even if the predictable stage banter made these releases seem redundant the licks and energy captured was more than enough to justify their release. So for a fan to hear the historical Black Supersuckers or Live at Wholefoods was more of benefit than a burden. Also the band could potentially find itself a new audience. This was starting to happen around 2004 – 2006. I applaud the band for taking these chances and providing their fans with unique Fan Club releases, live releases, etc. This was new territory at the time and the band was at the forefront of this trend. It’s important to mention that the amount of live shows recorded were countless. I remember hearing shows that were amazing from the late 90’s and early 2000’s that would only add to the power and glory of the Supersuckers legend.
The Digital Download Series was a lot more cost effective too. Zero manufacturing costs and countless live shows to draw from as well. However there were a couple problems with the “Download Series”. First, the typical Supersuckers fan wasn’t the typical download consumer. And constantly going back to the fans with another download to purchase between releases might’ve been too much. At a point the band truly does saturate the market and you run the risk that the fans become a little overwhelmed or frankly bored.
However as it becomes more pervasive to download and share, bands must become even more creative with a means of making money from any type of recorded music studio or otherwise. The Supersuckers Fan Club, Download Series, and live recordings are all great examples of how this band was once way ahead of the curve.
These days I would suggest any band set up a Digital Download Subscription Service. For an annual fee a band could provide their fans with new and unique downloads of shows, albums, b-sides, etc….
Chris Neal of Midway of Utah
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BTW Here’s a description of the Live at Wholefoods
Live at the Whole Foods Market Download I recommend it highly. Not only is it a benefit record but it includes an awesome radio interview with Eddie Spaghetti, Rontrose and Jordan Shapiro from the 96 WAVE / Charleston’s Rock Radio Station. The interview is over 30 minutes long and includes a rare studio performance. We’ve sold about 100 of these so there are a lot of people missing out. You can always see how the Mid-Fi titles are selling by checking out the stats on the front page of the site.
Eddie Spaghetti November 9th 2007
And here’s a word from Doug over at DPX…
I hope to interview him soon as he was a huge part of the success we had…
In 2005 I saw the Superuckers in Richmond VA back and Chris Neal. I felt like this group had their act together and had a great relationship with their fans. As a Goldtop (Lifetime) PIT member, it was great to hear Chris buzz about the next cool free CD coming my way, or getting guest list action when they came to town, or even getting a Christmas card, or any of the other crazy shit they put together for the PIT members. That’s what some people call value added. I call it great fan appreciation. I can only hope that as a Goldtop PIT member, things will go back to that rock-n-roll attitude once the band gets their new release together.