Label: Bloodshot Records
Release Date: 2011-02-16
Eddie Spaghetti’s first solo album in a half dozen years (and third overall) is a catchy klatch of eclectic country-leaning covers and two originals. Though his band, the Supersuckers, is known for punky hot-blooded rock, Spaghetti’s solo discs mine a more laid-back vibe. What unites the projects is the sense of humor, even if it’s only expressed in the choice of songs. From Del Reeves’ loving cowpoke ode to the “Girl on the Billboard” to the delusional accident victim of Lee Harvey Oswald Band’s “Jesus Never Lived on Mars” and Dave Dudley’s paean to press-on fashion, “Cowboy Boots,” Spaghetti’s laconic delivery fits their earnest, cockeyed vein. His sense of whimsy is even apparent in the artists he chooses to cover, such as Dean Martin (the carefree decadence of “Party Dolls and Wine”) and scuzz-punks the Dwarves (the foot-tapping “Everybody’s Girl”). The latter really shines as over-infectious rockabilly twang. The other highlight (with “Girl on the Billboard” and the rocking “Jesus Never Lived on Mars”) is Spaghetti’s self-penned “Marie,” which offers poignant solace to the mother of a dead junkie rocker. It’s a fine effort worthy of the ’suckers frontman’s legacy.