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Daisies of the Galaxy [Explicit Lyrics]

Eels Audio CD
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Dr. Hugh Everett III, Ph.D., was what Scientific American magazine calls "one of the most important scientists of the 20th century." A quantum physicist who authored The Many Worlds Theory, Everett inspired countless science fiction books, movies and Star Trek episodes with the concept of parallel universes. As a young teenager he exchanged letters with Albert Einstein, debating ... Read more in Amazon's Eels Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00004NJL4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Grace Kelly Blues
2. Packing Blankets
3. The Sound Of Fear
4. I Like Birds
5. Daisies Of The Galaxy
6. Flyswatter
7. It's A Motherfucker
8. Estate Sale
9. Tiger In My Tank
10. A Daisy Through Concrete
11. Jeannie's Diary
12. Wooden Nickles
13. Something Is Sacred
14. Selective Memory

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EELS Daisies Of The Galaxy (2000 UK limited edition 14-track CD album including the singles Flyswatter Jeannies Diary and the Hidden Bonus Recording Mr. Es Beautiful Blues housed in a tri-fold digipak picture sleeve with an integral illustrated lyric booklet)


Eels burst out to prominence with 1996's witty, bold paean to geekdom Beautiful Freak, which matched black humour with bold arrangements and catchy melodies. Its follow-up, Electro Shock Blues--written against the backdrop of the suicide of frontman E's sister and the terminal disease afflicting his mother--was beautiful, but its bleak content proved too naked for fans of hits like "Novocaine For The Soul" and "Susan's House". Daisies Of The Galaxy pulls back from the abyss to which E took his music having lighter arrangements and more of his quirky lyricism. The themes are largely unchanged--his mother died during the making of the album and it opens with a track, "Grace Kelly's Blues", which recalls a New Orleans funeral--but Daisies also meditates on escape ("Packing Blankets") and desire ("Jeannie's Diary"). The pervading sense of loneliness and loss clings nevertheless, notably on the deeply moving ballad "It's A Motherfucker" ("being here without you"). It can't all be sweetness and light. --Mike Pattenden

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4.0 out of 5 stars silver linings 28 July 2000
Format:Audio CD
"I don't know how you take in all the s*** you receive" sings E on the infectiously upbeat yet often sarcastic "Mr E's Beautiful Blues". Perhaps the answer lies in the light, simple feel of much of this album. A marked departure from the tragic mood that prevailed on "Electro-Shock Blues", E spends much of "Daisies of the Galaxy" with his head in the clouds.
The funereal opener, "Grace Kelly Blues" offers closure, a final cathartic release. A stately brass band pounds out a sombre, skeletal introduction seemingly wandering in from a 1980s Tom Waits album, before giving way to an acoustic guitar and E in a reflective mood. Surveying the world in which he's woken up yet again, he lets loose a silent chuckle and sums up with genuine wonder, "I think, you know, I'll be okay". Somehow it's certain he means it, particularly when the song segues seamlessly into the gorgeous "Packing Blankets", E's voice full of hope and liberation as he sets off on an unnamed path, determined to put an end to "all the troubles you and I have seen".
The open-road imagery of "Packing Blankets" suggests a long hot summer, a theme echoed throughout the album. E's at one with nature, whether studying the daisies pushing themselves up through concrete, or swatting the flies in his kitchen. Even the giant man-made spectacle of a rocket launch leaves him unfazed, preferring to stare beyond "the trophy wives of the astronauts" to the birds that flock all around, unaware of the scale of the disruption they face.
For all his newly-revealed joie de vivre, E's songs still display a rich awareness of the need for human contact and comfort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Musical Equivalent of a cup of tea... 15 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
Eels were one of those bands who I'd always wanted to get more into, after hearing 'Novocaine...' but for whatever reason, i decided to get this album first. Prt of me is a little gutted i did though, because next to this, anything E and his not-so-merry men have created pails in insignifance.
The very Beatles-esque intro to Grace Kelly Blues fades away to reveal how the rest of this album means to go on...simple acoustic guitar parts, backed with functional basslines and catchy melodies. Tis may not sound like much, but the result really is beautiful in it's simplicity.
Fans of E's other stuff may be incredibly surprised by the albums positive vibe, in contrast to the bleak, atmospheric Beautiful Freak and Electro-Shock Blues. Even more so, when they find out this album was written in direct response to the death of his mother and sister. Interesting...
The best song on this album, probably through no coincidence being the simplest too, comes in Track 4s 'I like birds'. Using an effortless 3 chord progression, chirpy lyrics and a whistled backing melody, the song practically beams out of your speakers at you, unearthing many happy memories you feared lost.
This album will wake you up on a monday morning, restore your faith in life, reassure you through bad times, and make you smile through the good (hence the title of this review...). I recommend any music fan gives this a try, as its appeal is universal. No doubt about it, worth all of its 5 stars...
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's not a beautiful day through mr E's eyes 22 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
First of all, can everyone understand this... Mr E's beautiful blues is not the happy song the reviewers have so far desribed. It may have a funky bass line and the lyrics 'God damn right it's a beautiful day' but those lyrics are just mr E being sarcastic. He is as beautifully sad on this song as on previous albums, for example the first verse 'The smokestack is spitting black soot into the sooty sky/ The load on the road brings a tear to the Indian's eye' or 'The clown with the frown driving down to the sidewalk fair/Finger on the trigger let me tell you gave us quite a scare'
But enough of this complaining, this is a beautiful album, but it doesn't quite have the depth of Electro-shock blues. For some the aforementioned album does get a little repetitively depressive, but for me that is where mr E is at his best. The chirpy 'I like birds' is a plus, but the best moments come thick and fast near the end, with emotional songs like 'Jeannies diary' and 'Something is sacred' The only negative thing i have to say about the album is the pointless instrumental 'Estate sale'.
This is an excellent album, as you would expect from Eels, but doesn't quite reach the heights of Electro-shock blues or Beautiful freak. Still, it is definately worth buying for anyone who recognises musical talent in beautiful music and doesn't just say think that if you listen to Eels/Radiohead/Elbow etc you want to commit suicide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like Birds 4 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
Another classic album from the group who brought you Beautiful Freak and the wonderful Electroshock Blues. Musically this is a lighter album than Electroshock and less mainstream than Freak as we see the band start to experiment with different sounds and instruments, nothing like a bit of horn. Lyrically Daisies is stock Eels fare, with a variety of songs touching on love, loss and loneliness.
Particular highlights include Grace Kelly Blues - "The Kid at the mall works at hoddog-on-a-stick; his hat is a funny shape, his heart is a brick," - Selective Memory and Something Is Sacred.
Eels seem to go from strength to strength and this album is just another step up the ladder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old but worth having.
Old one but great. These are easy tunes to play along with.
Published 1 month ago by catman
2.0 out of 5 stars boring and flat
this is all eels slow plaintive songs and apart from one or two tracks , sucha s birds, the tunes are nonexistent and/or boring. there is better eels stuff available. yawn.
Published 2 months ago by Captain Kirk
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by hampson neil
5.0 out of 5 stars eels
for a second hand cd at a fraction of real cost was very pleased with the quality and even the case wasn't too bad.
Published 4 months ago by t d
4.0 out of 5 stars Daisies of the Galaxy
This was bought as a gift for my nephew who has some strange but original tastes in music. I was very happy to purchase this for him as I think Eels are a fab and unique band with... Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2009 by HLEE
5.0 out of 5 stars Marries their first two albums perfectly
This album really does combine the sound of the first two Eels albums to create a very impressive collection. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2009 by Mr. Jonathan Robin Oxley
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!!!
This is the album that got me into the Eels and an album that would have to be one of my desert island discs. The whole album is haunting, charming, songwriting at its best. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2008 by C. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Optimistic, not cheerful...
In many ways this ablum follows straight on from "P.S. You Rock My World" at the end of their previous CD, electro-shock blues; optimistic in the face of death, having traversed... Read more
Published on 30 July 2008 by The Big Onion
5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered gem
This is an album of songs that Tom Waits would give his left lung for.
Every song is beautifully arranged with lyrics and melodies that could conjure tears from a statue. Read more
Published on 25 July 2007 by pawn oreally
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album purchase in 10 Years
This is a stunning album - how come I've never heard of these guys before now. Every song is beautifully crafted and played. I'm buying everything from Mr Everett from now on.
Published on 30 Mar 2006
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