Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment

E of the eels finally departs from the graveyard

"When I was actually working on electro-shock blues, I was very happy," Everett recalls. "I was very excited artistically about it. Like most people I never thought about writing about those things. It never occurred to me to be inspired by so-called tragic events, and they were so personal that I thought, Aw, I'm not going to use that as fodder for my music. And then this light bulb went off over my head one night, and I realized, Oh, I can try to make something beautiful out of all this misery, and even better, I can explore it and see what it means on a bigger scale. And I got very excited from an artistic point of view, and I'm so lucky that I had that, ya know? But the thing is, if going to therapy and getting better and having a happy ending to my life was at the expense of writing songs and making music, that's fine with me. I truly want a happy ending. I'm really trying to have a good life."

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