Exclusive Interview: Supersuckers Eddie Spaghetti on The Value of Nothing

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LOS ANGELES, January 20, 2014 — Supersuckers are the greatest rock n roll band in the world. It would only make sense then that the greatest rock n roll band in the world would have the greatest front man in the world, Eddie Spaghetti. Supersuckers have been rocking since 1988. Eddie Spaghetti has also started a solo career under the eponymous moniker of Eddie Spaghetti. Wells On Music spoke with Eddie Spaghetti for a second interview in June. His second solo record, The Value of Nothing, was about to be released on Bloodshot Records and the Supersuckers were about to head into the studio to record their new album, Get the Hell.

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Kevin Wells: The last time we spoke, you said that making The Value of Nothing was the most enjoyable record you have made. What made this album so fun for you to make?

Eddie Spaghetti: I don’t know. It was just the whole process, from the song writing to the actual recording of it. It just seems like I am finally getting the hang of this s**t. You think I would have by now, but I just feel like everything seemed to come together in a way that was really special. Each song sort of came out way better than it was written. It’s a great record. I’m really happy with it.

KW: Do you have a favorite song on this record?

ES: Yeah, I think my favorite is probably Waste of Time, that one or Empty. Empty just kind of came together. The lyrics totally match the music. It’s kind of like a perfect tiny song.

KW: Was there an awkward conversation with the Supersuckers when you decided to make your first solo record, Sundowner?

ES: No because the first one just kind of happened by accident. I went into the studio to actually record a demo of a song that I thought might be the start of a new Supersuckers project and I came out of the studio with all these songs having been recorded. I went in with this drummer who is amazing and him and I went jamming on all these tunes. We were in the studio so we recorded them and next thing I knew, I had a record on my hands. So, the first one happened by accident. It’s gotten awkward since then. I still manage to make it work.

KW: Do you have plans for a solo tour this summer?

ES: Yeah. I’m gonna go to Europe at the end of July and spend most of August over there. Then I’m gonna come back here and do a solo tour in the fall.

KW: Will any of the other guys from Supersuckers be joining you on tour?

ES: Yeah, I’ll probably bring old “Metal” Marty Chandler out there with me and if I can afford it, I’ll have a little band. That would be ideal, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to afford that or not. The guarantees for Eddie Spaghetti are significantly lower than they are for the Supersuckers. So, I gotta do things on a little bit more of a budget.

KW: Have you ever done any country festivals or fairs as a solo artist?

ES: Well, apparently I’m gonna be doing a festival in Germany. I think it’s a huge metal festival actually. So I’m gonna have to dust off my cover of Breaking the Law. That was the idea when I went to make the record, I wanted to make a real kind of country record. That’s why I went down to Texas to do it and that’s why I got Jesse Dayton involved. Jesse Dayton saw it kind of as an opportunity to rock because he’s like, “I get to play with Eddie Spaghetti. He’s a rocker.” So, it came out a lot more rockin than I thought it would, but it came out so much better than I hoped it would as well.

KW: Do you see a different crowd at your solo shows than at Supersuckers shows?

ES: It’s pretty similar, you know? The difference is it’s generally smaller [laughs]. When it’s good, it’s awesome because I let the crowd tell me what they want to hear and I try to play just about anything that they ask for. If I even kind of know just a whisper of how the chord progression might go, I’m gonna give it a shot anyway. It’s a lot of fun to do the solo shows, you know, no set lists, no net.

KW: Is the new Supersuckers album finished?

ES: No, that’s gonna happen at the end of this tour that we’re currently on. We’re gonna go down into Texas and actually record with the same guy I did my solo record with. It’s gonna be awesome.

KW: Is there a title for the album and a possible release date?

ES: Probably not until early next year, probably February of next year. Tentatively, we’re gonna call it, Get the Hell. The Supersuckers Get the Hell.

KW: On your acoustic guitar, whose signature is on it?

ES: That’s Jerry Lee Lewis. We played a show with him, actually a couple shows with him, and the first time I tried to get him to sign it, he wouldn’t sign a guitar. The second time I tried to get him to sign it, he gave me the same spiel. He’s like, “Man, I don’t sign guitars. Man, I play piana.” Then he takes a look at it, “Is that a Gibson guitar?” I’m like, “Yeah, it’s a Gibson.” He’s like, “I can make an exception for an old Gibson guitar.” It was awesome.

KW: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about the new record?

ES: Just to go buy it. That would make me a rich man [laughs].

Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News. He also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music, and food. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

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