Eddie Spaghetti of The Supersuckers: "We've Purposely Tried Not to Evolve"
For over 25 years, Eddie Spaghetti and The Supersuckers have been playing a raw brand of hillbilly soaked rock and roll in just about any venue that would care to book them. Over the years, a definite country influence has steadily wormed its way into the band's creative center resulting in 1997's signature statement, Must've Been High. Since then, The Supersuckers have released a horde of good music, including the recently released Get The Hell.
From a tour stop in Marietta, Ohio and in anticipation of Saturday's show at Dada, Eddie Spaghetti spoke with DC9 about the Supersuckers' surprising longevity and how doing it the band's way might have hurt them career-wise.
DC9 at Night: You come to Dallas fairly often. You always get a good reception here?
Spaghetti: Yes, we've played there many times. We come to Trees pretty often. We do seem to get a good reception every time down there. It's always been good there. We've always felt like adopted, native Texans. I am kind of at a loss to explain why. I think the fans there identify with the rebel rock and rowdy country ways that we have. It does make sense.
Do you think the reaction became more positive after you started incorporating the country influence into your sound?
Yes, I do. I think that it really helped us out. That helped us out in a lot of those areas that had a more country identity. That vibe has definitely paid off for us for sure.
When you released the first all country album, Must Have Been High, back in 1997, there was quite a negative response. But since then, that material has really been embraced by your audience.
At first, everyone said it sucked. It was a big disaster. But over time, it became our best-selling record. It's become a real blessing for the band.
When you made the record, were you kind of making fun of country music?
Oh no, not at all. We love country music and always have. We wanted to make an awesome, honest and genuine country album. We did that. I felt like it was mission accomplished. But then the album came out and the initial reaction was pretty negative. I think everybody gets it now.
How much of the set is made up of the country material?
Usually we just do a straight rock show unless it is a special country event of some sort. That's what we are, first and foremost: a rock band. We are a rock band that plays country, not a country band that plays rock.
The country you are talking about is the traditional old school country of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr.
Right, exactly. We are talking about your old school variety. When we made our country record, we wanted it to sound like Marty Robbins or something like that, something old school and genuine.
What do you think about new country music?
It sounds to me like mid-'80s heavy metal. For me, that's what country music has become. It's all bombastic explosions on stage. Replace the Sunset Strip with a barbecue and a pickup truck. That's country music now.
There's not much difference in the vibe of old school country and old school rock and roll.
Right, that's what I've found. When I was listening to a lot of music when I was young, eventually I stumbled across country music. I found that the differences between Hank Williams and The Ramones were just nominal. All of their songs kind of sound like each others'. They are all simple, three chord songs with cool lyrics. I feel like the line between real good country and real good rock is so thin.