The Very Short History Of Supershit 666

“Supershit 666 or Super$hit 666 were a European rock supergroup consisting of Ginger from The Wildhearts on vocals and guitar, Nicke Andersson from the Hellacopters on vocals and drums, Dregen from the Backyard Babies on vocals and guitar, and Swedish producer Thomas Skogsberg on bass.”

I copied that from Wiki.

I got what is supposed to be The Wildhearts’ best album “Earth Vs. The Wildhearts” and was very disappointed (too poppy and stupid-punk, kind of like something like Rancid at times). The Backyard Babies are very inconsistent as well and I think Dregen is crazy for choosing BB over the Hellacopters, because the Hellas were best when Dregen was around. (For a great example, dial up BB’s version of “Star Wars” and compare it to Supershit’s “Star Wars Jr.” In this case, junior beats the crap out of senior.)

Nicke Andersson is a god. He’s the main force behind The Hellacopters, as a guitarist and main vocalist. With SS666, he plays drums, where he originally began with the thrash band Entombed. And play the drums he does. For me, SS666 is a rock drum clinic, especially on the use of the snare. Nicke’s drumming could be what puts the whole thing over the top.

I don’t know Thomas Skogsberg very well, but he’s supposed to be a legendary producer.

Legend has it that this band wrote and recorded everything in one day. They never performed live. Does it get any more rock ‘n’ roll than that?

You can hear it in the recording, with just enough sloppiness to keep things interesting and the producer and other band members talking to one another throughout.

Maybe the whole one-day thing is contrived and they really recorded it in two weeks or something, but, even if that’s the case (hopefully not), it’s still a cool concept.

If you don’t already know, it’s my favorite piece of music of all-time. I can listen to it every day.

Thank you and goodnight.

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  1. I first heard this tooling through Times Square in Mike Salfino’s car, and the only thing more perfect would have been if we had a case of beers and enough reckless abandon to truly savor the moment. As it was, I liked what I heard and worried that we would run over a stupid pedestrian or sideswipe a stupid cab.

    Here’s what the All Music Guide has to say about the record: “Recorded in a single day of probable (make that most certain) drug and booze-addled lunacy, this milestone six-track EP documents a historical summit meeting of new millennium hard rock elite — or at least Sweden’s (Backyard Babies’ Dregen, the Hellacopters’ Nicke Royale and top producer Tomas Skogsberg) and England’s (the Wildhearts’ Ginger) hard rock elite. Yes, we’re talking “underground elite” (at least to clued-out American consumers), but it’s really not every day that one gets to sample three of the best hard rock songwriters of their generation ensconced in one room with arguably one of the best producers of such music in their midst. Such was the case for Super Shit 666 and this eponymous EP, which has all three full-time musicians taking turns at the mic while the rest flail behind them for a blistering romp through out-of control post-Motörhead speed rock. Sometimes additionally warped by the gonzo harmonica of Backyard Baby Petter Carlsson, “Wire Out” and the sardonically titled “Fast One” careen past at a harrowing pace, and the comparatively slow “Dangermind” only barely slacks the intensity. The hilariously titled “You Smell Canadian” (imagine Kiss and Cheap Trick on crack!) has Ginger, and therefore the Wildhearts, written all over it, the stunning “Star War Jr.” would later be cleaned up for inclusion on the Babies’ next album, and a well-chosen cover of the Rods’ “Crank It Up” send us out with a bang. All told, it’s enough to have dyed-in-the-wool fans of the above players frothing at the mouth, but even un-prepped listeners can expect satisfaction guaranteed.”

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