Supersuckers continue to defy music conventions

11/01/2012 3:23 PM

11/01/2012 3:24 PM

When the Supersuckers emerged in 1992 after releasing its first album under Seattle independent label Sub Pop Records, some music pundits filed the act under grunge since the group was based in the cappuccino capital.

But the Supersuckers were utterly unclassifiable, never fitting in with the then-burgeoning sonic movement. The band burst onto the scene wearing cowboy hats and playing a hard-driving hybrid of alternative rock and garage punk.

The group won over alt-rock fans with its incendiary live shows, which featured revved-up versions of its rollicking tunes that always have been sleazy, humorous and celebratory.

“I think we came out doing things differently,” vocalist-bassist Eddie Spaghetti said. “But it wasn’t intentional. We were just being us.”

In 1994, the Supersuckers — who will perform Friday at the Lizard Lounge — hit with “La Mano Cornuda.” It was evident that the band was a potent force, which led to theater gigs. Tunes including “Creepy Jackalope Eye” and “Seventeen Poles” excited punks and alterna-rockers.

“It was a great time for us,” Spaghetti said. “People embraced what we were doing. We had some amazingly fun shows.”

The band kept up the raucous punk with 1995’s “The Sacrilicious Sounds of the Supersuckers.”

Even with all band’s momentum, the Supersuckers took a chance and went the other way with 1997’s surprising “Must’ve Been High.” The band went country and even featured the iconic Willie Nelson. The album remains the band’s most daring and ambitious project.

“Why make the same album over and over again?” Spaghetti said. “To me, it’s not about the style of music, it’s the music. I would like to make the best music, the most timeless music I can make. You can forget about genres, it’s about great songs.”

And then there was the opportunity to work with Nelson.

“That was something I’ll never forget,” Spaghetti said. “We’re all Willie Nelson fans. Who isn’t? That was an incredible experience.”

The Supersuckers also have collaborated with Seattle pal Eddie Vedder.

“We enjoy it when we have the chance to work with somebody who will come in,” Spaghetti said. “We welcome things that can add to our sound.”

The Supersuckers still packs a mighty punch 20 years after it recorded its initial album.

“We still have a lot of fun with it,” Spaghetti said. “It’s our life. The live shows remain an absolute blast. That’s one thing with us that hasn’t changed a bit since the early days.”

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