Novocaine for the Soul

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"Novocaine for the Soul"
Single by Eels
from the album Beautiful Freak
Released 1996 (U.S.)3 February 1997 (UK)
Format CD / 7"
Genre Alternative rock, lo-fi, indie rock, trip hop, psychedelic rock, experimental rock
Length 3:08
Label DreamWorks
Writer(s) Mark Oliver Everett, Mark Goldenberg
Eels singles chronology
"Novocaine for the Soul"
"Susan's House"

"Novocaine for the Soul" is the first single released by American rock band Eels. The track comes from their 1996 debut album, Beautiful Freak. "Novocaine for the Soul" brought Eels international success, most notably in the UK, where it hit number 10 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1997.[1] It also hit number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for two weeks in October 1996, and remained on the chart for 25 weeks.[2]

The song samples Fats Domino's 1961 U.S. Top 20 single "Let the Four Winds Blow".

The song's popularity was also aided by its later use in the British television show Trigger Happy TV.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Mark Romanek and features E and the other band members suspended on wires, making them appear to be flying. Romanek states that he was inspired by Mary Poppins, a film he had seen as a child.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Novocaine for the Soul"
  2. "Guest List"
  3. "My Beloved Monster" (Live from Tennessee)
  4. "Fucker"


Chart (1996) Peak
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 1
UK Singles Chart 10
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 39
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " - UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". Retrieved 2010-01-11. Position: 10 ... Artist: Eels ... Title: Novocaine For The Soul ... Date: Feb 1997  It is necessary to search manually from the homepage. Set "Name of artist" as containing "Eels", and "Title of song" as containing "Novocaine".
  2. ^ "Novocaine for the Soul - Eels". United States: Billboard. Retrieved 2010-01-11. Chart History: 1, Alternative Songs, October 12, 1996 ... 25 Weeks on chart 

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