Supersuckers are an American rock band. They are the self-proclaimed "Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World".
Something of an anomaly on the Sub Pop roster, the Supersuckers bore a limited surface resemblance to grunge, but they were a party band at heart, donning cowboy hats and kicking out a gleefully trashy brand of throttling, rockabilly-flavored garage punk. Their lyrics were a raucous, over-the-top celebration of all the attendant evils of rock & roll -- sex, booze, drugs, Satan, and whatever other vices the band could think of, all glorified with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Save for an abrupt and temporary detour into hardcore honky tonk, their approach stayed relatively consistent through the '90s, as did their quality control.
The Supersuckers were formed in Tucson, AZ, in 1988 by high-school friends Eddie Spaghetti (born Edward Carlyle Daly III, bass, vocals), Ron Heathman (guitar), Dan "Thunder" Bolton (guitar), Dancing Eagle (born Dan Seigal, drums), and Eric Martin (lead vocals). After playing the local scene for about a year under the name the Black Supersuckers (taken from a pornographic novel), the band moved to Seattle, ostensibly in search of a climate more conducive to leather jackets. Martin left the band not long after, and Eddie Spaghetti took his place on lead vocals. Shortening their name to the Supersuckers, the band recorded singles for several indie labels, including eMpTy, Sympathy for the Record Industry, and Lucky; these were collected on the eMpTy compilation The Songs All Sound the Same, which became the band's first CD release in 1992. That year, they signed to Sub Pop and issued their proper debut album, The Smoke of Hell, which was produced by Jack Endino and featured cover art by renowned comic artist Daniel Clowes. Featuring one of the band's best-known songs in "Coattail Rider," the record also spun off the single "Hell City, Hell," whose B-side was a fan-favorite cover of Ice Cube's "Dead Homiez."
The Supersuckers came into their own with their second album, 1994's La Mano Cornuda, whose title translates as "the horned hand" (i.e., of Satan). It featured signature songs like "Creepy Jackalope Eye" and "She's My Bitch," and is still regarded by many fans as the band's best. Following its release, Ron Heathman temporarily left the group due to drug problems, and was replaced by onetime Didjits guitarist Rick Sims on their next album, 1995's The Sacrilicious Sounds of the Supersuckers. Produced by the Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary, the album was noticeably different from the Supersuckers' usual pedal-to-the-metal roar, owing to Heathman's absence, despite some worthy additions to the group's catalog (like "Born With a Tail"). Fortunately, Heathman made a full recovery and rejoined the band for 1997's Must've Been High, a full-fledged excursion into country music that even featured a guest appearance by Willie Nelson. It was released concurrently with a five-song EP that featured country maverick Steve Earle fronting the band.
After issuing their country project, the Supersuckers signed a major-label deal with Interscope. Unfortunately, in the wake of the massive label mergers at the time, Interscope underwent a restructuring and wound up dropping the band without ever releasing the straight-ahead rock & roll album they had recorded. Strongly disenchanted by the experience, the Supersuckers landed on the small Twenty14.com label and finally recorded the proper follow-up to Sacrilicious, recycling some of the material from their ill-fated Interscope debut. The result, The Evil Powers of Rock 'n' Roll, was released in late 1999, and featured the band's affectionate look back on their high-school days in Tucson, "Santa Rita High." The same year, Sub Pop issued a generous 27-track retrospective of the Supersuckers' stay on the label, How the Supersuckers Became the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World. After contributing two songs (including a collaboration with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder) to the benefit album Free the West Memphis 3 in 2000, the group cut a split LP with Electric Frankenstein in 2001.
Burned by Interscope and seeking a permanent home, the Supersuckers formed their own label, Mid Fi, in 2002, and inaugurated it with a live document of their country phase, Must've Been Live. A new, hard-rocking studio album, Motherfuckers Be Trippin', followed in 2003; after its release, longtime drummer Dan Seigal left the group and was replaced by Mike Musburger. While tinkering with a new studio album, the Supersuckers kept the Mid Fi release schedule full with a pair of archival live albums and a collection of singles sides and non-album material, Devil's Food. The Paid EP and Live at Bart's CD Cellar and Record Shop followed in 2006. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
Crowning achievements of rock-n-roll glory:
* Performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" backing Willie Nelson.
* Played Woodstock 2000
* Played Reading/Leeds festivals
* Toured extensively throughout the world including Russia, Japan, Australia, etc…
* Recorded with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson, Kelley Deal of The Breeders.
* Toured with Pearl Jam, Ramones, Social Distortion, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Kelly Clarkson, 50 Cent, Neil Diamond, you name 'em, we've toured with 'em!
Testimonials on the Supersuckers:
"If you don't like the Supersuckers, you don't like Rock-N-Roll." -Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead
"They played my birthday party. They rock!" -Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam
"Every time I hear the word 'Supersucker,' I'm reminded of an older gentleman who went into the strip bar and the hooker c'm dancing up to him and said 'Superpussy!' and he said 'Soup, please.'" -Willie Nelson
"Supersuckers…I love the Supersuckers, our whole band loves you guys!" -Robin Zander from Cheap Trick
"The Supersuckers understand that great rock and great country are, at least on a spiritual level, exactly the same thing. Rock on, boys." -Steve Earle
"The Supersuckers rock ferociously whenever they feel like it and what really matters is ending this sentence with an exclamation point!" -Little Steven Van Zandt, E Street Band, Little Steven's Underground Garage
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The bands formation in 2008 was a graduation of sorts for Virgil who originally hails from Aberdeen, WA. Relocating to Reno in 2002, the singer jumped head-long into the nightlife of the Biggest Little City In The World. This 'nightlife' had an immediate impact on what would become HELLBOUND GLORY'S material. Virgil explains Reno's influence, "I grew up in a hick-town by a lot of peoples standards. Reno is just a hick-town with taller buildings and brighter lights. Playing Reno is like playing a 24 hour dive bar. No matter where I play, I'm never too far from home."
Virgil's songwriting consistently tests the boundaries of conventional country music's lyrical playing field. When asked to describe the band's signature sound, Virgil proclaims, "Country music was a big influence on the rock music I wrote when I was younger and still in Aberdeen. That same rock music echoes a bit in my country western music today. We're really not afraid to piss off any of either genre's purists. We're just out there being ourselves!" In fact, HELLBOUND GLORY songs resound with equal parts wit and humor. An unabbreviated and honest statement of the world we live in today.
Forged through a relentless touring schedule that carries the band cross-country on a regular basis; HELLBOUND GLORY are conquering new stomping ground on the strength of three full length releases; "Scumbag Country (2008)," "Old Highs & New Lows (2010)," and "Damaged Goods (2011)."
HELLBOUND GLORY can count some of music's most prolific and accomplished artists today among their growing number of supporters. Virgil continues "It's pretty cool that we can count these folks as fans of our music, but I've got to be my own fan first and foremost."
This is HELLBOUND GLORY, music as honest and reflective in a frantic urban metropolis as it is on a lost and desolate byway.
The band is currently in the studio recording a follow-up to the highly acclaimed "Damaged Goods."