Monday, February 28, 2011

Music Monday: Eels

The Eels, or eels, or EELS… or however they choose to typeset their name this week, are a constantly rotating group of multi-instrumentalists centered on its founding and only constant member: Mark Oliver Everett, credited on most records as just simply E.

The band had a break-out hit in the 90s with “Novocaine for the Soul.” Their subsequent albums lacked any singles that received heavy radio play, but their work continued to be featured in dozens of films, including the first three Shrek movies and American Beauty.

The Eels were in the middle of a minor obscenity debate when their song, “It’s a Motherfucker” was claimed to be an example of liberals marketing obscenity-laced music to children by Dan Bartlett. The CD containing the song in question was given out for free at a Democratic Party political event and had cartoons drawn on the cover.

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