Brett Shelton is the winner of the Leather Jacket courtesy of my friends at Hot Leathers…
I received over 50 questions here at firstname.lastname@example.org I’m going to post and share what I think everyone will be interested in reading.
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After reading your latest update I’ve been thinking of a couple of questions I’ve been wanting to ask for some time, and of course dangling the chance at winning a leather jacket finally got me to write one up for you.
But FIRST, let me tell you one of my favorite non-stories of the Supersuckers. I’ve had the early original “All the Songs…” CD for a while, (I think I picked it up in Seattle in the mid 90s) and was curious to read the liner notes having listed Dan’s more common “Thunder” nickname as being: “The Steak”. Now, you can imagine my curiosity as to how this particular name came about and why it might have eventually changed. The mind reels. My friends and I had conjured up many possibilities, including escapades with the ladies, or perhaps a naked tour-bus incident. So around 5 years ago I went to a show in Boise at the Neurolux where Dan was relaxing at a table before the Supersuckers set. He was sitting, listening to the opening band. Here was my chance. I introduced myself, he invited me to sit down, and I sprang the question: Why did they used to call you: “The Steak?” He replied, “Well, I really liked eating a lot of steak back then.”
My question for you deals with a story than Ron told us at a little bar in Spokane called “Mother’s” where we saw the Suckers play a show around 1992. I had heard Coattail Rider on a Seattle radio compilation CD (107.7 “The End”) and knew I had to pull a few of my friends over from Moscow to hear these guys live. We were early, sitting near the stage drinking pitchers of Old Milwaukee, watching the band set up. One of their guys came over and asked if one of the big guys in our group could help guard the stage during the show, as there wasn’t any room between the pit and stage. A really approachable fellow, Rontrose finished unpacking and came and sat with us and told us about their recent tour. He had plenty of hilarious and and amazing stories–many of which aren’t repeatable–but one of his favorites was a story of how the band got in a bottle rocket fight on the European tour bus with the guys from Mudhoney. He proudly showed us the remnants of burn marks from the experience.
So, my question for you is, what is the most memorable tour experience that you had with the band, that no one really knows about?
Hope that’s a decent question.
My best to you, and thanks for Rockonomics!
Brett E. Shelton
Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences
The most memorable times were the early times. The personalities were new to me and we were really starting to get to know each other. Taking chances with a fan club, mailing lists, emails, new merchandise, etc… and the dialog was wide open. I was a lot younger then and very anxious with trying to help these guys out. Personally, it felt like it was a Rock N Roll In-Justice that the Supersuckers weren’t a household name and I wanted to change that. These guys just rocked and I took the gamble… It was something that was incredible to witness back then. You could put them up against anyone and they’d blow their doors off… We’d go to a club and the venue would sell out of beer because the fans would clean the bar out. Where else did this happen? Fact is, you never knew what to expect. The fans were rowdy, gracious, and loyal. I was proud to be involved.
I remember the band playing in Flagstaff, AZ for 30 people when Eddie calls me up on the stage to play bass. Dan Bolton actually told me that I played bass better than he thought I would – he must’ve expected the worst. Memories.
I’ll never forget when Bolton was navigating between the French and German boarder and we got stopped on both sides and searched. My wife had hundreds of film canisters which the customs agents felt obligated to inspect. You can imagine a bunch of French and German boarder agents searching through film canisters only to find film. And I swear, Eddie’s had this super nice camouflaged Burton Co. bag that was never searched. The only piece of luggage that was never checked. The ongoing joke was, maybe it was because it was camouflaged or perhaps they were to busy checking Stephanie’s cans of film.
And ordering food over there at those European truck stops can be a challenge; I would just look at the server and say “bread, lettuce and cheese”. I never wanted to make things complicated but that became a bit of an inside joke where the guys would just look at me and say Bread, Lettuce, Cheese….
And I’ll never forget the bedbugs in the South of France.
I have kind of a schizophrenic musical mind. I love anything if its quality. The Supersuckers are one of my faves of course but my ipod plays plenty of Grateful Dead, Adam Ant, Men At Work, Michael Buble, and Elliott Smith. So basically i was wondering two things: 1. What was your impression of Elliott Smith, and 2. Did you ever make it to a Dead show and if so what did you think?
thanks for your time and keep being awesome!
Elliott Smith had great songs. That was my impression right away. Here was a guy that played with his heart and I felt every word. He didn’t play huge rooms so you could really feel it too. That song Alameda knocked my socks off it was a song you could see. Another song I loved was “Waltz #2 (XO). I know those are popular songs but man just imagine being able to write something so personal and bare
“I’m never gonna know you now but I’m gonna love you anyhow”…
As for the Grateful Dead… I saw them everywhere from Washington DC with Tom Petty and Bob Dylan sharing the bill to Las Vegas, SLC, San Francisco, LA, etc… I’m a huge fan. They took chances, could care less about fans taping shows, and always seemed to have a great community of people working and watching them. At one point I heard they had 50 employees. I always admired their spirit and business model. Most importantly, I never left a Grateful Dead show without having a great time.
When are the Supersuckers doing a bluegrass album?
Keep up the good work, Bruce from Pisgah. Ashville, NC
That’s a good question and I don’t have a clue. But if anyone could’ve done one it would’ve been them. Hopefully it would’ve included a couple of my favorites like Fox on the Run and Old Train.
I bet Jordan Shapiro could play a mean mandolin too…