Eels Beautiful Freak on LP
Eels is an ever-changing lineup of musicians that play the songs of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett, also known as E, who grew-up in Virginia but now resides in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, CA. In 1991 E signed a contract to record two albums for Polydor Records. The first record, A Man Called E, came out in 1992, and yielded the top ten alt-rock hit "Hello Cruel World." In 1993 he issued its follow-up Broken Toy Shop.
From 1993 to 1995 E recorded most of what became the Beautiful Freak album, co-produced with Jon Brion and home to the number one alt-rock hit "Novocaine for the Soul" and top ten "Susan's House." In 1995 prior to the album's release, E decided to work under a different name. Having grown more adventurous musically and lyrically, and tired of the logistical nightmares of going by one letter, he added a few letters and formed Eels, a new outlet for his songs, with a live band to do the Beautiful Freak material justice in concert.