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A black background with "EELS" written in gold and "SHOOTENANNY!" written in white
Studio album by Eels
Released June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03)
Recorded November 2002
Genre Indie rock
Length 43:19
Language English
Label DreamWorks
Producer E
Eels chronology
Blinking Lights and Other Revelations

Shootenanny! /ˈʃtənæni/ is a 2003 studio album by Eels. The name comes from a neologism coined by Eels front-man Mark Oliver Everett, for "a social gathering at which participants engage in folk singing and sometimes dancing [a hootenanny], but mostly the shooting of guns."[citation needed]

"Saturday Morning" was released as a promotional single with the B-sides "Her", "Waltz of the Naked Clowns", and "Sad Foot Sign".

The album was recorded live in studio with minimal production.[1] The album peaked at #145 on the Billboard 200[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (dud)[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+ link
The Guardian 2/5 starslink
Hot Press Favorable link
Pitchfork 2.8/10[5]

Shootenanny! was generally well received by critics.[3]

A negative review came Pitchfork, who gave the album a 2.8/10 rating and wrote, "Musically and lyrically, E is spent – out of ideas, out of innovation, unable to cough up anything but by-the-numbers pop in the fourteen originals he wrote for this disc. [...] [E] can do better. Much, much better."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by E, except where noted

  1. "All in a Day's Work" (E and Koool G Murder)  – 3:24
  2. "Saturday Morning" (E and Koool G Murder)  – 2:55
  3. "The Good Old Days"  – 3:03
  4. "Love of the Loveless"  – 3:32
  5. "Dirty Girl"  – 2:41
  6. "Agony"  – 3:07
  7. "Rock Hard Times" (E and Joe Gore)  – 4:00
  8. "Restraining Order Blues"  – 3:11
  9. "Lone Wolf"  – 2:37
  10. "Wrong About Bobby"  – 2:46
  11. "Numbered Days" (E and Gore)  – 3:44
  12. "Fashion Awards"  – 3:07
  13. "Somebody Loves You"  – 3:02


Additional musicians


  1. ^ Hyman, Nick (2003-10-01). "E of Eels". Under the Radar. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  2. ^ link
  3. ^ a b "Shootenanny! Reviews – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Robert Christgau. "The Eels". Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Dahlen, Chris (May 22, 2003). "Eels: Shootenanny! | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 

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