I was a freshman in college when my friend Andrew and I became obsessed with an album called The Smoke of Hell by a band called the Supersuckers. The album had a lot going for it: it was released by Sub Pop, Daniel Clowes of Eightball fame was responsible for the album cover, and the songs had titles like “I Say Fuck” and “Hell City, Hell.” Fourteen songs in 27 minutes, do the math: that’s less than two minutes per song. Andrew and I played the cassette over and over in the car in the fall of 1992 and were very excited come November when we got the opportunity to see the band live opening for Mudhoney at Marquette University in Milwaukee. The Mudhoney show was on a Saturday and two nights later, a Monday night, the Supersuckers were going to be headlining a show at a small club called O’Cayz Corral in Madison, WI. Since Andrew and I were only 18 at the time we were concerned that we would not be allowed into the O’Cayz show, which was not all ages.
But we had a plan: we hung around in the lobby outside the hall where the Mudhoney concert was going to take place and waited to spot a member of the Supersuckers. It worked! Soon enough here came the entire band minus Eddie, the singer. We approached them, explained to them about the show Monday night and asked if they could get us in.
I HATE YOU NOW
The show was great but Dan Bolton was extremely drunk and out of control. At one point he stepped off the stage and onto the bar,
spilling several drinks. There was a girl who spent most of the show dancing near the stage and at one point Dan Bolton hopped down and tried to dance with her. Apparently his hands went places they shouldn’t have gone and the girl became very upset and stormed out. She was yelling things but could not be heard over the music. Others began to leave. The incident even got written up in the local student newspaper and the next time the band swung through town it was mentioned again. More people in Madison probably knew about the groping incident than knew who the Supersuckers were.
The Supersuckers formed in 1988 in Tucson, Arizona. They originally called themselves the Black Supersuckers, which was the title of a film they liked. Guess what kind of film. They were initially a five piece band with a lead singer named Eric Martin (not the Mr. Big guy). When the band decided to move to Seattle in 1989 Martin chose to stay behind in Arizona. He would soon die from a drug overdose. The band later wrote a song for his mother called “Marie.” They did record some demos for Sub Pop while Martin was still in the band, but they were not released until 2009. I think “Girl I Know” from these sessions is amazing.
Once the band had relocated to Seattle bassist Eddie (later Eddie Spaghetti) assumed vocal duties and the band released several singles before signing with Sub Pop. The songs from those singles were collected on a CD called The Songs All Sound The Same. Their first full length album, The Smoke of Hell, was released by Sub Pop in September of 1992. It features classics like “Caliente” and “Ron’s Got the Cocaine.” Sub Pop also released a 45 at the time that featured the band covering Ice Cube’s “Dead Homiez” and on the b-side was the punk version of “Hell City, Hell,” which was performed in a loungy way on the album. The punk version is way better, check it out:
t because I had seen the Didjits live at some point and hated them for some reason. That being said, I love the Lee Harvey Oswald Band, which Rick Sims was also involved with. The album that the Supersuckers released with Sims in 1995, The Sacrilicious Sounds of the Supersuckers, had its moments but was a disappointing follow-up to La Mano Cornuda. I do like several of the songs quite a bit, especially “Doublewide” and “Hittin’ the Gravel.”
|Dancing Eagle, Eddie Spaghetti, Ron Heathman, Dan “Thunder” Bolton|