The Eels’ standout song ‘Novocaine For The Soul’ will always remind me of TV show Trigger Happy TV. It was released as the lead single from their 1996 debut album, Beautiful Freak. Have a great weekend.
In 1998, the Eels took an introspective turn for their second release, Electro-Shock Blues. It was still pop music, but much darker than debut Beautiful Freak. ‘Last Stop: This Town’ is about singer-songwriter Mark Oliver Everett’s (aka E) sister Elizabeth, who had committed suicide. The video features a spinning carrot that slowly turns into a clone of E. Yes, indeed.
Off the 1996 album Electriclarryland, Butthole Surfers’ ‘Pepper’ sounded too much like Beck‘s Loser. That would be easy to criticise was it not for the band’s use of spoken verses – a treatment that would be taken to another level again a year later on the Eels classic ‘Susan’s House’. Have a good week.
Yesterday, I caught a few notes of Eels’ ‘Beautiful Freak’ featuring in a TV promo. Mark Everett’s ex-girlfriend Susan is the freakish beauty in the title track of Eels’ 1996 debut. On the same album, the singer-songwriter also wrote about a journey south down Baxter Street to ‘Susan’s House’. But not before Everett had the foresight to introduce that sublime Gladys Knight & The Pips’ piano sample. ‘Love Finds Its Own Way’ – even on a lengthy walk between Echo Park and Pasadena.