So I know you’re going pretty soon
Radiation sore throat got your tongue
Magic markers tattoo you and show it where to aim
And strangers break their promises
"You won’t feel any, you won’t feel any pain…"
Dead of Winter by Eels
Everett’s father (lyricist for Eels), Hugh, died in 1982. His sister, Elizabeth, long troubled by schizophrenia, committed suicide in 1996, and in 1998 his mother, Nancy Everett née Gore, died of lung cancer. Following these tragedies, Everett and the Eels released Electro-Shock Blues in 1998. The release, whose sound alternates between furious indefatigableness, black humor, and strikingly authentic desperation, gained almost unanimous critical praise.
This particular song is obviously about Everett’s mother. Radiation causes the person who receives it (if around the face/throat area) to have an extremely sore throat, to the point that they can’t talk and everything tastes like metal. Doctors use magic markers to pin-point where to aim the radiation when they do the first radiation session.
Electro-Shock Blues is my favorite album of all time. If you ever listen to it, and you don’t even feel a twinge of sadness, then fuck you. You aren’t human.
My heart goes out to Everett. I’m so glad that he uses his sadness and morbid past to create beautiful music. Mr. E is a gorgeous writer with terrible inspriation. It’d be very hard to try to convey these things if you hadn’t gone through some of the same shit.
It makes you wonder what poetry or lyrics hasn’t he published that he’s holding on to? Is there something that’s too personal for him to share? What songs didn’t they record and produce?
9 Notes/ Hide
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