78 Daisies of the Galaxy by Eels 2000
yes I am intense , quite obsessed
Mark Everett or Eels as he records as, has experienced tragedy followed by tragedy, as part of his coping mechanism is to turn the experiences into something positive ie his music. For those who don't know, this is what has happened to his family
Father - a genius who developed the theory of multiple universes, who died of a heart attack , Eels discovered the body.
Sister - committed suicide
Mother - died of cancer
Cousin - was an air stewardess on the hijacked plane that crashed into the Pentagon.
Daisies from the Galaxy sees him coming out the other end of this and is an lp of joyous tunes full of optimism
Ignore the awful video (the song was used in one of the endless American films that became the bastard children of American Pie) and I defy you to listen to Mr E's Beautiful Blues without smiling.
The lp starts with what sounds like a New Orleans funeral march before launching into a great little pop song that skips along
Grace Kelly Blues - Eels
Somehow the line Royal Families don't have time for all that shit sums up what I love about Eels and this lp especially.
It isn't all sweetness and light . Its a Mother fucker is one of her best sad songs going built around a lovely piano refrain
It's a Motherfucker - Eels
A lot of the songs are at the perfect pop song time of 3 mins , and some of the melodies almost child like with the sweetness of the backing complimenting the sourness of Eel's slightly gruff and strained vocal.
Like listening in on one man's therapy session backed by gorgeous tunes
You can buy Daisies here