Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
the online library of pop writing

Eels: Shootenanny!

Dan Gennoe,, 2 June 2003

EELS MAINSTAY E is a misunderstood man. Even his name is misunderstood – E apparently being Mark Oliver Everett's childhood nickname (all his friends were called Mark); not, as commonly thought, a pretentiously artsy appendage for an eccentric master of twinkling lo-fi. It's an easy mistake to make though. Like, the assumption that 1998's spectacularly miserable Electro-shock Blues album, inspired by the death of his mother from cancer, was depressing. According to E, it was actually the most positive and up lifting album he'll ever make. So there.

Total word count of piece: 414


Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.