ARTIST: Electric Eels
TITLE: Die Electric Eels
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Get real.
LINEUP: John Morton, Dave E McManus, Brian McMahon, Paul Marotta or Nick Knox
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Nihilistic art terrorism.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The ethos of the band is summed up by these words in “Agitated”: “You know what I think, I think the whole world stinks, and I don’t need no shrink, I just hate it”
Simple three or four chord music, loud drums, crummy recordings, sneery vocals, and lyrics that disguise their wit with all kinds of negativity. Of course, Cleveland in the mid-70’s was not a pretty city to be in, especially if you were an outsider making art.
The stories of the Electric Eels are out there – told in various histories of punk / new wave and the emerging Cleveland / Akron / Kent scene (which produced Devo, Pere Ubu, and the Dead Boys among others.
Just be warned – this is loud and ugly music – like 1975 Cleveland.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Nick Knox may have drummed on these demos, and he later drummed for the Cramps.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Well, there are several packages of these demos running around – some with other tracks. Basically at most there are 19 or 20 Electric Eels recordings.
GRADE: B-: It’s really hard to grade this. It’s a historical “A” and there are a couple three great, witty tracks. But the nihilism and the crappy recording makes it hard to slog through all of it.