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Either that or just start from the start with Beautiful Freak.
Recognise this too hahah siding know this was eels
One of the most consistent double albums around
Beautiful Freak -> electroshock blues -> Daisies of the galaxy - Souljacker etc etc
Literally my favourite band.
For some reason had them filed under very boring
may have misled you. The first 5/6 albums are amazing though
Start at the beginning then work up to Souljacker.
So Beautiful Freak > Electro Shock Blues > Daisies of the Galaxy > Souljacker. Then skip to Blinking Lights and other Revelations then skip to Wonderful, Glorious.
I LOVE EELS.
Skipped to Wonderful, Glorious as I realised I was going to see them live without having heard it!
Meet The Eels:Essential Eels Vol 1 is pretty perfect then go listen to the albums chronologically as mentioned above!
(especially Electro-Shock and Daisies of the Galaxy). The albums after then are a bit averagey for me. I keep buying the albums, due to my love of the earlier albums, but I'd be hardpressed to even be able to name a song from any of the last few albums.
cos it's wonderful
although I have soft spots for both Shootenanny! and Hombre Lobo, I like what he does when just put in a room with two/three other musicians and a bunch of short songs.
ALSO if you can get hold of it the "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" live album is just the absolute best <3
Saturday morning are two of my favourite Eels tracks.
but viewed in retrospect, as a break from making Blinking Lights and as an attempt to do the complete opposite of that record, I think it really stands up
But it works so well as an ALBUM.
And I'd say Ricky's got it right - Numbered Days and Saturday Morning are 2 of his best. I's also put Good Old Days there too. Even the weaker moments are really good - Fashion Awards always makes me smile lyrically. Lone Wolf is Hombre Lobo before he'd made it. As a goodbye middle finger to his record company (the last album before being jettisoned) Rock Hard Times is hilarious, maybe his most melodic commercial sounding song coupled with lyrics about the rotting world of the music industry.
a sprawling double album to knock out such a cracker, so many bands could only dream of being able to do that.
but Beautiful Freak is great in a kind of kooky mid 90s Beck sort of way, and Daisies Of The Galaxy also has a string of superb songs on it. Hate to play the hipster but after that it is definitely a bit patchy.
But the recent UK shows were brilliant. Well, Bristol was anyway. I assume the others were too.
Though apparently I missed a third encore they did after the lights came on.
I hope I didn't miss a third encore too!
But looking at the setlist, it was only one of my least favourite songs off the new one, so I didn't miss much.
I'm still a bit pissed off though. A lot of people were leaving, the lights were on, the roadies were clearing up, so I assumed it was over! Do many bands do this??
but Eels have been doing it for years now. not at every show, but for years and years. at least since the Souljacker tour. i saw them do it in 2005 on the ...With Strings tour.
It was my first time seeing them so I probably won't make that mistake again! I don't know what to make of it really. On one hand it is a bit disrespectful to people, who aren't in the know, who pay money to see them. But, on the other hand, it is quirky and rewards the hardcore fans/clever people who stayed.
lights went up, it got to the point when security were like 'look, he's not coming back on, can you please leave' we left, they didn't come back on.. Apparently !
as the lights were on and 2/3rds of the room had already got out the door.
Always hang around when Eels finish their set...
It looked like almost the entire room left after Fresh Blood though, I can't imagine there were many people left for it.
I also really really have to recommend buying his book, Things the Grandchildren Should Know, and reading that as you go through the albums.
That said, that has now made Electroshock Blues kind of hard to listen to...
read and really makes the albums resonate more sense and increases enjoyment of them
As does the songs Things the Grandchildren should know.
probably my favourite song after reading the book
What's everyone's view on Wonderful, Glorious? I started out a bit ambivalent to it, but it has really grown on me now, and is one of my favourite albums of the year so far.
and probably my fourth favourite Eels album overall. I really like a lot of the slower ambient tracks like I am Building a Shrine and The Turnaround. I think musically and lyrically it's a really sweet wee album.
Only the new Tyler, The Creator, Ed Harcourt and Public Service Broadcasting LPs are threatening its place.
has its moments, but still too many songs that essentially add noting to the eel's ouevre. 'True Original' is the very opposite of its title, whilst 'Accident Prone' and 'You're My Friend' feel like eels by numbers.
but I heard the True Original track played by E on the Mark Maron WTF podcast, and now enjoy it a hell of a lot more.
you share my liking for Blinking Lights sublimely oddball nod to surf-pop.
is one of my favourite track son the album, mainly cos of the way he delivers the lyrics.
'ps you rock my world' may well be the greatest closing track to an album ever.
and Eels generally have good album closers, but that one is monumental.
I have all their albums, but that's the only one I'm never inspired to put on - always write it off as a bit college-rocky.
For what it's worth, I'd rate Electro-Shock Blues, Souljacker and Hombre Lobo as my favourites by quite a stretch...
i've never understood the kind of sniffy attitude towards it, from fans or the man himself. yeah there's a bit of a college-rock/hip Beck-type vibe off it but that's not necessarily a bad thing. some great songs on it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZOimRmziNE
Will maybe give it another go later. Just have this idea of it being more generic than their subsequent stuff, a bit of a stepping-stone album like A Man Called E and Broken Toy Shop. Maybe I'm wrong...
are very good songs
and E shouldn't be dismissive of it. They have done loads of great stuff since, but that one stands out as being unique and very different from anything else they've done, or indeed most things that anyone else has done. Just because Novocaine For The Soul got played a billion times when it was released, doesn't make it any less brilliant.
that I think are good accessible introductions to Eels:
Electro-shock, Shootennany, Hombre Lobo.
Daisies is a wonderful album, but not everyone's cup of tea as he's quite un-rocking on it, and some people think it doesn't have a classic Eels track on it (they're wrong)
Blinking is great but overwhelming in the way almost every double album can be. Don't start there despite it containing maybe his finest moment of artisticness meeting poppiness.
Souljacker has 4 or 5 great tracks, but as an album side 2 peters out.
Wonderful Glorious is very good solid album and very accessible. Might be weird if you start there and go back, it might affect how you feel about the sound on the earlier records.
Everything else is on a level below the above stuff.
the track, IS my classic Eels track.
Guess cos it's put just before It's A Motherfucker and that hides it in the shade.
One of his great little-mentioned songs.
the first nine tracks are flawless really
but i can't let it pass without at least mentioning that electro-shock blues is the single greatest album ever made. that is all.