(Your first clue they're a bit tongue-in-cheek: Their lead singer and bassist calls himself Eddie Spaghetti.)
"We were playing a show -- I can't remember where -- but there was this dusty old trophy backstage," Spaghetti said. "So we brought it out onstage, and said, 'Yeah, we got this for being the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world.' And we carried that trophy around with us for a couple of tours."
The moniker stuck, and although no one is actually arguing that the Supersuckers is the greatest rock band working today, it's certainly one of the purest. They're the kind of band you can envision selling their souls to the devil in exchange for success -- raucous, rowdy, booze-fueled, foul-mouthed and unapologetically simpleminded in their pursuit to simply rock out.
"Our aesthetic is to remain as remedial as possible," Spaghetti said. "We look up to bands like the Ramones and AC/DC, these bands that have basically put out the same record over and over again. ... We kind of go out of our way to not evolve, because I think a band is defined by its limitations as much as it's defined by what it can do. What it can't or won't or is unwilling to do is just as important to the sound as what it's capable of doing."
After relocating to
But the Supersuckers took a hard right turn in 1997, when they put out a collection of straight-faced country songs called "Must've
"I guess I attribute it to having grown up in
Since then, the group's music has flirted with both hard rock and country styles. Their newest record, "Get the Hell," is closer in attitude to their earlier, snottier material -- one song with an unprintable title packs 30 F-bombs into three minutes (yes, I counted) -- although a handful of the tracks lay a rock riff over a country shuffle or a honky-tonk harmonica.
But it's not so unusual if you really think about it: After all, the sentiments behind
"Distilled down to their essence, good rock 'n' roll and good country are essentially the same things," he said, noting that the band's next album will be more
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