LOS ANGELES, January 15, 2014 — Eddie Spaghetti is the bass player and lead singer of the greatest Rock n Roll band in the world, Supersuckers. He has also embarked on a solo career that is more country, than rock n roll, yet, it still rocks.
In February of last year, Wells On Music spoke with Eddie Spaghetti regarding his then soon to be released, The Value of Nothing, touring, influences, and Supersuckers:
Kevin Wells: As you sit in your house today, is this where you saw yourself when you started the Supersuckers?
Eddie Spaghetti: Oh hell no, no, I totally saw us as being like, you know, Van Halen size, Tacoma dome playing superstars, but, uh, that didn’t happen so you just gotta adjust your values and just decide what’s important to you about what you’re doing and I’m stoked that I still make a living at doing this and, you know, it’s my job and I don’t have to work any other thing to make my nut. It’s awesome. It Just becomes about the craft, you know, about the songs, about leaving a legacy behind that’s something that you’re proud of…just doing the work, you know?
KW: Who influenced you? What made you want to start a band?
Eddie: Well, I think the first influence for me in starting a band was The Knack. It was when I heard My Sharona. I think I was probably in 5th grade or something like that when I thought, you know, that seems like something I’d like to do. And I kinda never forgot it and still when I hear that song, I love it and I think it’s awesome. My love for that band has never wavered and it’s a testimonial to how good it really was.
KW: Will the Supersuckers ever call it quits or are you going to do this until you’re in the grave?
Eddie: Yeah, that’s the only reason to stop, you know, I mean, all we do is make music and hang out. What are we gonna quit doing?
KW: If you could talk to the Eddie Spaghetti of 1988, would you tell him to do anything differently in regards to the Supersuckers?
Eddie: Umm, I’d tell him to try to save his money [laughs].
KW: Which album did you enjoy making the most?
Eddie: Actually the one I enjoyed most is the one I just finished. I just finished a new solo record down in Austin, Texas and it was super fun to make and it came out way better than I thought it would and that’s probably the most enjoyable recording process I’ve ever had. I think it’ll be out in May.
KW: Will you do a solo tour with that and will you take your kids along?
Eddie: I will, yes. We’re all gonna go to Europe together this summer. I’m going to do a solo tour over there and I’m gonna take the whole fam-damn family out there with me. We’ve done it every couple summers and it’s super fun.
KW: What is your favorite city for a tour stop?
Eddie: I don’t know, maybe Austin because the food is so good and the crowds are always awesome there. It’s always been a good time for us to be there.
KW: What is your favorite band you have toured with?
Eddie: We did a short tour with the Ramones and that was totally awesome. We’ve done some touring with Pearl Jam and that was super great because it was so cushy and Social Distortion is pretty awesome to tour with, but my favorite probably was touring with Motörhead. I got to sit back stage and play all the songs with Lemmy [Kilmister] on the acoustic guitar and it was just a really good time.
KW: Are the rumors true? Is Lemmy really god?
Eddie: Oh, if he’s not, there’s nobody else that comes close. The dude’s an unstoppable machine.
KW: Are there bands you would like to tour with that you haven’t toured with yet?
Eddie: Sure, ZZ Top would be great. Van Halen would be awesome back in the day. They totally screwed up the reunion with David Lee Roth by not having Michael Anthony aboard, but what are you gonna do? I guess you can’t blame ‘em, but it would have been cool if all four of the original members were back.
KW: What is your favorite Supersuckers song?
Eddie: Oh boy, that is such a good and hard question. Um, probably Pretty F**ked Up or Born With A Tail.
KW: Would you say that your songs are still about liquor, women, drugs, and killing for the most part?
Eddie: Pretty much [laughs].
KW: If Eddie Spaghetti didn’t play for the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band in the world, what would he be doing?
Eddie: I probably would have been a teacher of some sorts. That’s what I was kind of settin’ up to do in school and I’d be struggling to make ends meet there too. So, that part wouldn’t have changed at all. It’s not like I was some uber nerd who could have made a bunch of money in the computer world or something like that because it just wasn’t in the cards for me.
KW: Who is your favorite band not named Supersuckers?
Eddie: Probably Zeke. They’re so incredibly good. That Blind Marky Felchtone, he’s a superstar among men. Zeke is fantastic.
KW: Do you stay in touch with any past members of the Supersuckers? Do you see any regularly?
Eddie: No, not really. Not that I have any animosity towards them, it’s just that we don’t see each other. We don’t live in the same city anymore and our paths just don’t cross.
KW: How many rock n’ roll songs about rock n roll with “rock n’ roll” in the title do you know?
Eddie: Oh, at least 10 and probably closer to 20.
KW: How many do you play live?
Eddie: Five or six.
KW: Have you ever considered doing a show entirely made up of rock n’ roll songs about rock n’ roll with rock n’ roll in the title?
Eddie: We actually tried to one time and we didn’t quite have enough to make a full set, but we got about ¾ of the way through.
KW: Is there anything else that you want our readers to know about you or the Supersuckers?
Eddie: Just to wear your clean underwear cuz we’re gonna rock your pants off. That’s what we do.
Eddie Spaghetti’s Value of Nothing is available on Bloodshot Records and Supersuckers’ new album, Get The Hell, is available now on Acetate Records.
Kevin Wells writes about Major League Baseball and Punk Rock. You can follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball