Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson
“We’re the Supersuckers. Maybe you’ve heard of us before. We’re also known as the greatest rock and roll band in the world,” said bassist Eddie Spaghetti onstage at Valentine’s Music Hall, with a slight grin and a ten-gallon hat. Yes, there was irony in proclaiming his band to be the best on Earth. But he also meant it.
A case could be made for the Supersuckers as the world’s number-one rock band, based at least on their local appearances over the years. During an opening set for Reverend Horton Heat in Troy in 2005, they largely upstaged the psychobilly masters. They more than held their own on a blazing triple-bill in 2000 at Northern Lights, alongside skuzz-merchants Nashville Pussy and heavy metal legends Motörhead. And I recall their set at Bogie’s back in the ’90s as mind-blowing: one of the fastest, yet most precise, rock and roll shows I have ever seen — punctuated by lots of well-timed, boots-in-your-face leg kicks.
“The show as you’ll remember is about to begin now,” Spaghetti said immediately after proclaiming his band’s greatness. That was ironic, because the Seattle quartet had just dispatched three or four opening songs at fast tempo, including “Luck,” a standout from the band’s first studio album, The Smoke of Hell, released on Sub Pop Records in 1992 with comic book artist Daniel Clowe’s iconic cover of an aperitif-sipping, red-skinned devil.