“The sessions started off in GarageBand at my apartment in Long Beach,” says Meyer. “Eddie and I would trade ideas over the phone or email, then he’d cruise up from San Diego to record his parts and I’d do the rest. Eventually we decided to go into a real studio to add live drums and bass and get a bigger sound on some stuff. Engineer Paul Roessler (The Screamers, 45 Grave) and Mike Sessa really helped take it to the next level.”
“Frank is the studio wizard,” adds Spaghetti. “I’d play these rough ideas into my phone and send it to him, and a few days later he’d have these fully produced demos up and running, with keyboards, guitars, drums, and everything. Soon we had enough material to head over to Kitten Robot Studios and turn it into a real album.”
Spaghetti and Frank continued writing, starting with the snarling title-track “Motherfuckin’ Rock ‘n’ Roll,” which finds the guys trading vocal lines and threats, and sounding exactly what you would think a mix of the ‘Suckers and Cheetahs might sound like: two-fisted, barn-burnin’, law abusin’ kick ass rawk! Spaghetti brought the moody “Top Shelf Shame” to the table, dusted off a swaggerin’ glam rock gem from his ‘80s band Thai Pink called “Tattletale,” and penned the first single, “I Think It Sucks (And I Don’t Like It).”
Meanwhile, Meyer brought in the Cars vs, Cheap Trick power-pop of “Relationshipwreck” and “Knock My Teeth Out,” the raucous “Barroom Brawl,” and the countrified “You Can’t Take It Back.” There are also two covers by classic ‘80s bands on the album, a slammin’ “My Sharona” by the Knack and a revved up “Heartache” by KIX. Better still, they got Knack lead guitarist Burton Averre to recreate his iconic solo from the beloved hit and Brian “Damage” Forsythe from KIX to play the leads in “Heartache.” For two rock nerds like Spaghetti & Frank, this was a major coup.
“I have always said that ‘My Sharona’ is the greatest song of all-time,” declares Spaghetti, “which is why I never had the nerve to cover it. It’s just so perfect. But when we found out we could get Burton Averre to play lead guitar on it, we knew we HAD to do it!”
“KIX is a band both Eddie and I love to nerd out about,” Meyer chimes in. “We both know Brian, and Eddie even produced an album by his other band Rhino Bucket, so it made sense to ask him to play on our KIX cover. But once he said yes, we kept sending him more songs and he ended up playing all over the album!”
Once the album was completed, the guys set out to pick and single a shoot a promo clip. The recently released music video for the first single “I Think It Sucks” was directed by Meyer — an award-winning film and TV director who also directed the “Jammin’ Me” video — was shot at The Good Bar & Eatery in Long Beach and features the ladies of local dance troop Booty Burlesque. “We wanted to make a video where the ladies turn the tables on the guys,” says Meyer. “These gals are just trying to run a bar and serve folks their food and drink, but all the obnoxious dudes are just relentlessly hitting on them and being jerks. One by one, the ladies get the one-over the lunkhead guys and by the end are happily taking shots while counting their tips and stacking their loot.Motherfuckin’ Rock ‘n’ Roll will be released October 12 via Josie’s Cotton’s Kitten Robot Records. The first single, “I Think It Sucks (And I Don’t Like It),” hits radio September 21. With the concert scene opening back up, both the Supersuckers and Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs will be hitting the road in 2021 and beyond, including some Cali dates together (Sept 17 Alex’s Bar in Long Beach & Sept 18 SoCal Hoedown Festival in San Pedro), which follows a series of acoustic dates Spaghetti & Frank played throughout the summer. More live dates, music videos, singles and general badassery coming soon.