Four records in, Eddie Spaghetti figured it was about time to start taking things seriously.
The frontman for legendary rockers The Supersuckers — who sometimes lean punk, sometimes country and sometimes right down the middle – released his fourth solo album The Value of Nothing (Bloodshot Records) earlier this summer.
In an interview with The MusicNerd Chronicles, Spaghetti said he feels his latest record is his first in a sense.
“It’s the first one that I actually wrote all the songs for,” he says. “The solo stuff kind of started out by accident. I went into the studio just before I made my first solo record (The Sauce) just to kind of record a couple of songs with this drummer that I liked a lot. We wound up kind of just jamming in the studio and had a whole bunch of songs, enough to make the first solo record.”
Spaghetti has since released Old No. 2 and Sundowner, but he feels his newest is his best.
“On this one, I thought, ‘You know, it’s time to start taking this solo thing a little more seriously. I’ve got to actually do some work here,” he said with a laugh. “I see a lot more like it on the horizon.”
While Spaghetti sought out Jesse Dayton (collaborator with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and even Rob Zombie) in the hopes of making a pure country record, Dayton had different ideas.
“When I originally contacted him, my thought would be that I would get a real Texas country guy to help me make a real country record, and it’ll be properly country,” Spaghetti said. “And he kind of looked at me as being an opportunity to get his rock on because I’m a rocker and I come from that world. So the record is a lot more rockin’ than I thought it would be, but it’s also a lot better than I thought it would be. It was great working with him.”
There is a healthy dose of Spaghetti’s humour in his lyrics that fans of his previous solo records and the Supersuckers have come to know well. Song titles include “People Are Shit,” “Fuckin’ With My Head” and “If Anyone’s Got The Balls.”
Spaghetti agrees that despite his sense of humour being part of the Supersuckers’ charm, it’s likely also held them back from greater success.
“Just in some of the song title choices,” he said. “Like I think my most radio-friendly song on my new solo record is probably one that has ‘balls’ in the title. I tend to shoot myself in the foot a lot. Instead of writing the perfect pop song, I have to screw it up by being funny or witty or something like that.
“I can’t imagine that it hasn’t hurt us. It’s kind of like the comedy never wins the academy award, but it’s the movie that you’re going to watch the most times, over and over again. We made a movie that you’re going to get the most enjoyment out of it, the one that makes you laugh. But it’s not going to be taken seriously, it’s not going to win any awards.”
Since the album’s release in June, Spaghetti has bouncing between working with his brothers in the Supersuckers on their next record and touring to support his solo album.
“You kind of have to switch gears quite a bit, but I’m used to it,” he said. “That’s the gig, that’s what I do. I’ve got nothing to complain about.”
Spaghetti said his solo work does occasionally conflict with Supersuckers work, but the guys are understanding that he’s not one to slow down very often.
“When I’m doing one, I kind of miss the other,” he said of his two roles. “When I’ve been on tour and I’ve been working with the band a lot, I kind of miss doing it by myself, because they’re totally different animals as far as the kind of show that I put on and the kind of show that’s put on by the Supersuckers. When I’m doing the solo stuff, I wind up missing the band immensely, so I think they feed pretty well into each other.”
Spaghetti recently returned from an overseas tour, and he’ll be touring through the U.S. this fall. Early next year, he expects the Supersuckers to head overseas once their record drops.
“It’s going to be so good, it’s a monster,” he said. “It’s a lot tougher than the last record (Get It Together) was; it’s a full-on, aggressive rock n’ roll (record) like the Supersuckers are known for.”
Eric Lewis is a news reporter in Moncton, New Brunswick who contributes features to MusicNerd. He discovered The Supersuckers thanks to a few friends who helped teach him the ways of rock n’ roll and also thanks to the hilariously stupid film BASEketball, which featured their tune “Psyched Out.”