picks - Eddie Spaghetti
You might know Eddie Spaghetti
from his country- punk band The Supersuckers. You might also be aware
that he put out a pretty good solo record a couple of years ago called
The Sauce. Well, now Eddie the solo artist is back, with a
record fittingly entitled Old No. 2. Says Eddie, "I've
never been more proud of anything I've ever done. Toot-toot! Is that
my own horn I'm blowing? I guess it is."
But Eddie wouldn't be Eddie
if he didn't blow some horns besides his own, so he kindly passed along
to us the following list of, as he puts it, "My favorite albums
from bands you probably haven't heard, but need to know about. Music
for people who have embraced rock-n-roll as their personal savior."
Read on, friends, and salvation
can be yours.
Senor Smoke (2005)
"Might be the best band in the world right now. This record is
everything that rock oughtta be, but isn't anymore. Fun, smart, dancey
and really, really funny. I wish I was in this band right now!"
The Hold Steady
Separation Sunday (2005)
"Great 'grown-up' rock. The lyrics are unstoppable -- so good that
you're actually glad this guy can't sing! And the rock is 'rawk' in
that great, bar-band-wants-to-kick-it-out- even-though-our-singer-wants-to-be-all-arty
kinda way. These guys are good despite the fact that the critics like
Flat Tracker (1996)
"The Seattle band that makes me want to quit. When I first heard
this record I couldn't believe they were so good and so from my neck
of the woods. The only aggressive punk/metal band you need to know about
Ultraglide in Black (2001)
"It's hard to pick a favorite from Mick Collins career. He's the
man behind all the best garage-rock from Detroit - The Gories, Blacktop
and now The Dirtbombs. I know rock-n-roll ain't fair but The White Stripes?
C'mon. Even Jack White knows that Mick is the Man!"
"It's rare that an artist has his best work ahead of him 20 years
down the line, but Bryan Small is definitely one of those guys. I first
heard The Hangmen in '87 when they came to Tucson and I've been a fan
ever since. They totally changed the way I looked at making music. I
owe Bryan big time!"
Positronic Raygun (1998)
"Durant's voice is out of this world and the band is so tight.
They never used tuners, even in the studio and they are a perfect train-wreck.
This record has me and my wife's 'song' on it - 'Fingers.' It's that
kind of good!"
A3 (a.k.a. Alabama 3)
Exile on Coldharbour Lane (1997)
"This is the best 'pretty, country, acid-house music' you'll ever
hear. Fake Americana techno-country done better than you'd ever think
something that strange could be done."
Too Far to Care (1997)
"I can't tell you how many times I've cranked this one up in the
car. It's the best sing-along-at-the-top-of-your-lungs record I own.
What a singer and killer tunes with great lyrics. The full meal deal
if only they had a lead guitar player to keep up with the song writing."
Ragged Soul (1995)
"They ain't girls and they ain't lazy (they've put out at least
10 records in a decade or so), but they do rock and this is their finest
moment. Pat Todd always sounds like he's about to burst and he is another
true American (buried) treasure."
Lee Harvey Oswald Band
"The brain-child of Mr. Rick Sims (Didjits, Gaza Strippers and
a brief stint with the Supersuckers) and some crazy, psychedelic-drugged-out-glam-hippy
he knows, this is the best David Bowie record he never made. Awesome
garage-glam that I'm sure every one of these let's-dress- up-and-pretend-it's-the-'70s-again
bands would die to be as good as. I'm listening to this record right
now. Track it down!"
Eddie Spaghetti's new album
Old No. 2 is available now in the ARTISTdirect Store, as are
(most) of his picks.