Friday, October 3, 2008

Dave E. & The Cool Marriage Counselors - Searching Through Sears

(Christmas Pets, 2008)

HOLY MACKEREL! Absolute must-have boot reissue of three post-Eels Dave E. songs. Better than Palin, these! Elect ’em VEEP! Why NOT?! In the scumfreak Electric Eels, Dave tended to project a mix of snottiness and vulnerable bafflement; with “Searching Through Sears” (originally on a flexi back in ’81), any punk leanings get chucked for a full-on frazzled oddity that out-weirds and out-laffs anything else I’ve heard from Cleveland, ’70s onward. Anti-social to be sure, but SMART and FUNNY up the rearhole. And how! The horrors of modern life writ ’n’ sung loud – with a LISP – as only this skronky horn + xylophone-backed goof can do. “Look at this underwear / It’s a value beyond compare / I’ll take it home and set it up in a chair,” he sings as he aimlessly tours the city’s department stores, consumer-nation terror barely tamped down beneath the ridiculous shower-croon pop facade. A riot. Hilarious. Scary. Whatever; it’s the bestest. The B-sides – a surprisingly straight a cappella love-gone-wrong song from a radio broadcast and a rough Eels-esque live track – are nothing to wait in line for, but with an A so swell, who cares? Miss the boat on this one and you better be ready to regret it. Like, for life.

4 comments:

the sweet spot diviner said...

i missed the boat on this & yes i deeply regret it . i also i resent you pointing at me & laughing about it

Luis Drayton said...

Oh wow! I'm crazy about the Eels, and I've always wanted to hear the stuff Dave E turned out post-Eels/pre-Catholic-reversion and consequent renunciation of his entire musical oeuvre... Any chance of your uploading this to rapidshare (or somesuch) so I can hear it? I've never seen a copy available anywhere... :p

ithinkihatemy45s said...

I'm not able to rip it at present due to some software issues, but if you poke around the stream of this radio show (there's a helpful playlist to guide you), you can at least hear the amazing "Searching Through Sears. It's worth it. http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/26829

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