Supersuckers

Supersuckers are an American rock band. They are the self-proclaimed “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World”. Following the relative success of their 1997 foray into country music with the release of Must’ve Been High, they have also been known to play country shows under various names, including, of course, the Supersuckers.

As of July 2012, the members are Eddie Spaghetti on bass guitar and lead vocals, “Metal” Marty Chandler and Dan “Thunder” Bolton on guitars, and Christopher “Chango” Von Streicher on drums.

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Supersuckers have recorded with many artists including Willie NelsonSteve EarleKelley Deal of The Breeders, and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. They have appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Lenobacking Willie Nelson. They have toured with numerous bands such as MudhoneySocial DistortionBad ReligionThe RamonesMotörheadFlogging MollyToadiesSupagroup, the Butthole Surfers,The Reverend Horton HeatThe New York DollsThe DwarvesWhite Zombie and Nashville Pussy.

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The band has been involved in several charitable causes during its career, notably playing a few Farm Aid shows. But the cause they seem to promote above all others, apart from themselves, is that of the West Memphis 3. They have held a number of eBay auctions and concerts to benefit the three’s legal defense fund, in addition to being involved in a benefit album entitled Free the West Memphis 3, of which Eddie Spaghetti was one of the producers.

The band also played at the VladiROCKstok ’96 Music Festival in Vladivostok, Russia. According to a CBS News report, Russian fans enjoyed their hard-driving style and cowboy hats, while the festival supported Friends of the Earth and a local children’s fund. According to lore, the heavy police presence and temporary stage barriers inspired their song “Barricade”.

In the late 1990s, a “Supersuckers fan collective” organized a pair of tribute CDs (covers of Supersuckers songs performed by underground bands from around the globe) benefiting the West Memphis 3. These titles were “The Fans All Sound Insane” and “Song in the Key of E-vil”.

The band has also played the ongoing Pittsburgh, PA BurghSTOCK Concert Series twice. Proceeds go to local non-profit organisations that help homeless military veterans to reclaim their lives.

Supersuckers – Pretty Fucked Up

  • Eddie Spaghetti (born Edward Carlyle Daly III in 1967) bass (1988–present), lead vocals (1989–present)
  • Dan “Thunder” Bolton – guitars, backing vocals (1988–2003, 2005–present)
  • “Metal” Marty Chandler – guitars, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Christopher “Chango” Von Streicher – drums (2012–present)