Inspired by a murderous cat….
Flyswatter – Eels (2000, Dreamworks Records, Taken from ‘Daisies of the Galaxy’)
A few weeks ago it was time for the annual school summer production. This years theme was ‘Music through the Decades’ and my daughters class had been given the fifties. She had to learn dance moves to two songs, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ by Elvis and the Hand Jive from the Grease Soundtrack. It was a fairly enjoyable production until about twenty minutes from the end when something distinctly off script was going in on the left-hand side of the audience.
There is lots of squirming and shuffling from the audience, and now a few tuts and whispers and glares are being shot over to the left hand part of audience from the right hand side. A lot of hands are swishing and swaying. It’s not in time with the music, so it is clear something is amiss.
People are actively getting up and moving now and suddenly I see the reason why, a dad has unknowingly moved a stone from the grass and disturbed a huge nest of ants, which turn out to be those irritating flying ones and they are now swarming and landing in peoples hair and crawling up trouser legs and on occasion in some coffee.
Despite all this the Year Two class continue their rather splendid dance performance to Steps’ version of ‘Tragedy’ unperturbed, much to their credit.
According to Mark ‘E’ Everett ‘Flyswatter’ was inspired by watching his cat stalking and maiming various creatures in his basement one afternoon. What E was doing in that basement that afternoon is not recorded. ‘Flyswatter’ sees a slight change in direction for Eels, they stood on the cusp of brilliance after recording a huge hit with ‘Mr E’s Beautiful Blues’ but ‘Flyswatter’ sounds more like the work of Elliot Smith than perhaps anything else that band had previously recorded
Mr E’s Beautiful Blues – Eels (2000, Dreamworks Records, Taken from ‘Daisies of the Galaxy’)
There were a couple of other Eels tracks with One Word Titles that were considered, although I had to disqualify my original choice, as I forgot it had ‘Part 1’ shoved on the end of it.
Souljacker (Part 1) – Eels (2001, Dreamworks Records, Taken from ‘Souljacker’)
Mental – Eels (1997, Dreamworks Records, Taken from ‘Beautiful Freak’)
Prizefighter – Eels (2009, Vagrant Records, Taken from ‘Hombre Lobo’)