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Five Eels Songs That Are Better Than That Eels Song We're Not Mentioning

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5. "Dog-Faced Boy," from Souljacker Often E plays this live while playing the piano with one hand, a floor tom with the other hand, and singing. The whole song just straight-up rocks, with a superb hook and some great howling. The great part, however, is one of the best choruses ever -- "Ma won't shave me/Jesus can't save me/Dog-faced boy." Then a howl.

4. "Fresh Blood," from Hombre Lobo Showing off the breadth of Eels' sound, the stand-out track from the recent trilogy of albums is an uncompromising account of the problems inherent in vampirism. Or something like that. Either way, this song has a lot more going on than that one single they have. Chorus features a lot of howling. I'm noticing a theme developing here.

3. "Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)," from Blinking Lights and Other Revelations One thing that's constantly impressing about Eels is their versatility. They'll be an entirely different band from tour to tour. Not only is this a great, incredibly catchy, upbeat number off 2005's fantastic double-sided autobiographical album, but check out how they re-tooled it, mandolin and all, for Eels with Strings, the live album featuring Eels with, well, strings.

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Gavin Cleaver
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