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Not Forgotten: Eels – Electro-Shock Blues

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NOT FORGOTTEN – EELS – HOMBRE LOBO: 12 SONGS OF DESIRE

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FULL of surprises, Mark Everitt’s Eels have just dropped an unexpected new single entitled “Baby Let’s Make It Real”, the result of recent sessions at the band’s studio in Los Feliz, California. It’s the first new music to emerge by the band since the release of their most recent album, The Deconstruction, two years ago. …

Electro-Shock Blues might very well be one of the bravest albums ever released. Although Mark Oliver Everett (a.k.a E) had released a couple of solo albums prior to Eels’ debut, 1996’s Beautiful Freak had the tastemakers throwing about wildly optimistic missives about Eels being the great hope for the future of American rock music. After …

Today’s offering is Dreamworks Records 450 893-7, the September 2001 (picture disc) release that featured a bearded E cuddling a pooch. For me, a title like ‘Souljacker Part 1’ should at least herald a disturbing sci-fi tale, if not go the whole hog and plunge the listener into a nightmarish vision of the future. As …

Taking Mark Hollis as inspiration is one thing, producing an album of the quality of No Deal is quite another, wearing its jazz influences proudly on its sleeve, stripped back and semi-improvised with its brooding piano trio-like backing, and De Biasio’s rich alto able to get under the skin of the song. It’s been recieved …

Released just over twelve months after the well-received Wonderful, Glorious, Eels’ latest offering has one of those album titles that gives fair-warning about what exactly to expect from its content. E has straight out said that The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett is an album about his own failures in relationships, so anyone expecting …

Eels are a band that too many people viewed as post-grunge alt-rock oddities as they rose to prominence in the late 90s. This wasn’t help by such stunts as appearing on Top of the Pops playing toy instruments to promote early hit single “Susan’s House” and having such oddly unsettling artwork on their debut album. …

Lust, desire and romance have been the most popular subject matter for songs for millennia now – it’s pretty much what keeps the whole music industry going regardless of genre, fashion or the political background of the era. Some of the greatest wordsmiths throughout history have spent their whole lives trying to write the perfect …