They Still Be Trippin'

It's dirty but true: Former Arizonans the Supersuckers keep on rockin' on their profanely titled new album

To the contrary, Spaghetti says he and his bandmates -- guitarists Dan "Thunder" Bolton and Ron Heathman and drummer Dancing Eagle -- are closer now than they've ever been. And they've known each for a long, long time. The four grew up together on the east side of Tucson, miles away from the hipsters of the University of Arizona. Spaghetti recalls actually landing more gigs in Phoenix than in Tucson in the band's early days, since the Valley was much more receptive to metal and tough-guy rock at the time. They played the Mason Jar regularly in those days, ironic since that's where they'll be playing this week.

The band, itching for a change of scenery, followed a friend's advice and in 1989 relocated to Seattle. Nice timing -- within three years, the band was sharing bills with Nirvana, Mudhoney and others as the grunge phenomenon exploded. "It was awesome . . . We were just overwhelmed," he says. "Everything just felt validating."

Now, the Supersuckers are focused solely on validating their own careers. Spaghetti says the band plans to record a new country album for release on Mid-Fi by the end of the year. Its first, 1997's twangy, rollicking Must've Been High, featured a cameo by Willie Nelson, and, oddly, is the band's top-selling record to date. Surely, that album, like Motherfuckers Be Trippin', will sound intermittently like a Beavis and Butt-head fan club disc, and Spaghetti and cohorts won't be apologizing.

Hee-hee, hoo-hoo: The Supersuckers make like Beavis with a new album title.
Hee-hee, hoo-hoo: The Supersuckers make like Beavis with a new album title.


Scheduled to perform with Throw Rag on Monday, June 23. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.50. Call 602-954-0455 for more information.
Mason Jar, 2303 East Indian School

"We have to keep working all the time," Spaghetti says. "We don't have the luxury of coming to our mansion and driving our Lexuses. We have to be working all the time so we can pay for our apartments and our Toyotas."

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