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The Supersuckers
The Supersuckers performing live at Metal Monday 2017
The Supersuckers performing live at Metal Monday 2017
Background information
OriginTucson, Arizona, U.S.
GenresHard rock, punk rock, cowpunk, southern rock
Years active1988–present
LabelsSub Pop, Mid-Fi
Websitesupersuckers.com
MembersEddie Spaghetti
"Metal" Marty Chandler
Christopher "Chango" von Streicher
Past membersDancing Eagle
Ron Heathman
Rick Sims
Mike Musburger
Dusty Watson
Eric Martin
Scott Churilla
Dan "Thunder" Bolton

The Supersuckers are an American rock band, formed in 1988, whose music ranges from alternative rock to country rock to cowpunk.[1] AllMusic describes the band as "the bastard sons of Foghat, AC/DC, and ZZ Top after being weaned on punk rock, unafraid of massive guitar riffs, outsized personalities, or pledging allegiance to sex, weed, and Satan with a wink and a nudge."[2]

Bassist/singer Eddie Spaghetti (real name Edward Daly) leads the band and is its only constant member. Their current lineup also includes guitarist Marty Chandler and drummer Christopher von Streicher. Their most recent album, Play That Rock N' Roll, was released in February 2020.

History[edit]

The Supersuckers were formed in late 1988 as The Black Supersuckers in Tucson, Arizona, first playing traditional punk rock.[2] The original line-up was Eddie Spaghetti (Edward Daly) on bass, Dan "Thunder" Bolton and Ron "Rontrose" Heathman on guitar, Dan Siegal (who later used the stage name Dancing Eagle) on drums, and Eric Martin on vocals. All had been high school friends in Tucson.[2] In 1989, they moved to Seattle, Washington due to limited interest in their hometown scene.[3] Martin then left the band, and Eddie Spaghetti took over on vocals.[4][5] They recorded numerous singles and cover songs for various small labels before being signed to Sub Pop.[2] Their early recordings are compiled on the 1992 release The Songs All Sound the Same.[6] Their first album with Sub Pop, The Smoke of Hell, was released in 1992, featuring a cover by graphic artist Dan Clowes.[7]

In 1995, guitarist Heathman temporarily left the band and was replaced by Rick Sims, formerly of the Didjits (and later the Gaza Strippers), for the recording of their third album, The Sacrilicious Sounds of the Supersuckers, which was produced by Paul Leary.[2][8] Also in 1995, the Supersuckers played at Farm Aid for the first time.[5] In 1997, Heathman returned for the recording of their fourth album, Must've Been High, which signaled a move into alternative country after the hard rock of the previous two albums. The album included a guest appearance by Willie Nelson,[9] with whom the band had performed onstage at Farm Aid.[5]

The band's final album with Sub-Pop was the compilation How the Supersuckers Became the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World in 1999.[10] The band had left Sub Pop to sign a major-label deal with Interscope and announced a new traditional rock album, but they were dropped from the label during corporate restructuring and the planned album was never released.[11] Some songs from the lost Interscope album appeared on the album The Evil Powers of Rock 'N' Roll in 1999, released on a small independent label.[12][13] They contributed two songs, including one in collaboration with Eddie Vedder, to the charity album Free the West Memphis 3 in 2000.[14] Disillusioned by the experience with Interscope, the band started their own label, Mid-Fi Recordings, in 2002.[11]

Their first self-released album was Motherfuckers Be Trippin' in 2003.[15] Drummer Dancing Eagle then left the band and was replaced by temporary drummers Mike "Murderburger" Musburger[2] and Dusty Watson,[16] followed by a six-year stint by Scott "Scottzilla" Churilla (who had previously played with Reverend Horton Heat).[17] After several live albums and archival compilations released on their Mid-Fi label, Dancing Eagle returned to the lineup temporarily for their next full-length album, Get It Together, in 2008.[18] The band then took an extended hiatus, during which Ron Heathman and Dancing Eagle left the band for the second time each and Eddie Spaghetti released two solo albums via Bloodshot Records.[2][19] The band discontinued its Mid-Fi label and signed with Steamhammer Records, issuing the hard rock-oriented album Get the Hell in 2014. This album introduced new members "Metal" Marty Chandler on guitar and Christopher "Chango" von Streicher on drums.[20]

In 2015, Eddie Spaghetti recovered from a cancer diagnosis,[21] while the only other remaining original member of the band, Dan Bolton, departed and was not replaced.[2] Now a trio with Spaghetti, Chandler, and von Streicher, the Supersuckers experimented with country music again in the 2015 album Holdin' the Bag.[22][23] They returned to hard rock for the 2018 album Suck It.[24] The album Play That Rock N' Roll, recorded at Willie Nelson's home studio in Austin, Texas, was released by Steamhammer in February 2020.[25] Founding guitarist Ron Heathman died in August 2020.[26]

Band members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Eddie Spaghetti – bass (1988–present), lead vocals (1989–present)
  • "Metal" Marty Chandler – guitar, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Christopher "Chango" von Streicher – drums (2012–present)

Former[edit]

  • Dancing Eagle/Dan Siegel – drums, backing vocals (1988–2003, 2008)
  • Dan "Thunder" Bolton – guitar, backing vocals (1988–2003, 2005–2014)
  • Ron "Rontrose" Heathman – guitars, backing vocals (1988–1995, 1996–2009, died 2020)
  • Eric Martin – lead vocals (1988–1989)
  • Rick Sims – guitar, backing vocals (1995–1996)
  • Dusty Watson – drums (2005–2006)
  • Mike "Murderburger" Musburger - drums (2005-2006)
  • Scott "Scottzilla" Churilla - drums (2006-2012)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Split releases[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Mehr, Bob (November 25, 1999). "Dirt Roads, Dead Ends and Dust". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
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  7. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (October 9, 2006). "The Songs Don't All Sound the Same". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
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  10. ^ How the Supersuckers Became the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World - Supersuckers | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved May 24, 2020
  11. ^ a b Sigler, Gabriel (November 4, 2014). "Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti on the band's new album, hanging with the West Memphis 3, and why rock is dead". Bad Feeling Magazine. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  12. ^ Evil Powers of Rock 'n' Roll - Supersuckers | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved May 24, 2020
  13. ^ "The Evil Powers Of Rock 'N' Roll | NME". NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM. September 12, 2005. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
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  15. ^ "Supersuckers: Motherfuckers Be Trippin'". PopMatters. April 20, 2003. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  16. ^ "20 Questions with Dusty Watson (Part 1)". City of Devils. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  17. ^ Swan, Rachel. "Bringing the Reverend Horton Heat to Oakland". East Bay Express. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  18. ^ Get It Together - Supersuckers | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved May 24, 2020
  19. ^ New Record from Eddie Spaghetti to start 2011 in style!. Bloodshot Records. Retrieved on April 2, 2012.
  20. ^ Get the Hell - Supersuckers | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved May 24, 2020
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  22. ^ Holdin' the Bag - Supersuckers | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved May 24, 2020
  23. ^ Kerstetter, Andy. "It's rock, it's country, it's the Supersuckers". Idaho Mountain Express Newspaper. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  24. ^ Andy Thorley (September 5, 2018). "REVIEW: SUPERSUCKERS - SUCK IT (2018)". Maximum Volume Music. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  25. ^ Erigo, John (January 9, 2020). "SUPERSUCKERS - to release their album "Play That Rock 'N' Roll" via Steamhammer / SPV on February 7, 2020 #supersuckers". KICK ASS Forever. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  26. ^ August 19, Philip TrappPublished; 2020. "Supersuckers Guitarist Ron 'Rontrose' Heathman Has Died". Loudwire. Retrieved August 19, 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  27. ^ Sub Pop Records discography Archived April 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ link Vinylnet UK discography Archived July 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
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  30. ^ "Black Supersuckers – Sub Pop Demos".

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