Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996–2006

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Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996–2006
Compilation album by Eels
Released January 15, 2008 (2008-01-15)
Recorded 1996–2006
Genre Indie rock
Length 149:11
Language English
Label DreamWorks/Universal
Producer E
Eels chronology
Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
(2005)
Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996–2006
(2008)
Hombre Lobo
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Crawdaddy! (favorable)[2]
Pitchfork Media (5.5/10)[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3.5/5 stars[4]

Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996–2006 is a rarities compilation to celebrate the tenth anniversary of rock band Eels, featuring a live performance DVD from Lollapalooza 2006, behind-the-scenes photos, and commentary by Mark Oliver Everett.[5] It was released on January 15, 2008 in the United States and on January 21, 2008 in the United Kingdom, where it debuted on the UK Album Chart at #69.[citation needed]

It was released in conjunction with the greatest hits collection Meet The Eels: Essential Eels, Vol. 1 (1996–2006).

Track listing[edit]

CDs[edit]

All songs written by E, except where noted:

CD 1
  1. "Novocaine for the Soul" (Live from Hell) (E and Mark Goldenberg) – 3:18
  2. "Fucker" – 2:17
  3. "My Beloved Monster" (Live from Tennessee) – 2:32
  4. "Dog's Life" – 3:59
  5. "Susan's Apartment" (E, Jim Jacobsen, and Jim Weatherly) – 3:29
  6. "Manchester Girl" (Live on the BBC) – 3:21
  7. "Flower" (Live on the BBC) – 3:17
  8. "My Beloved Mad Monster Party" (Live on the BBC) – 2:33
  9. "Animal" (E and Jim Lang) – 2:39
  10. "Stepmother" – 2:51
  11. "Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas" – 2:51
  12. "Your Lucky Day in Hell" (Michael Simpson remix) (E and Goldenberg) – 3:57
  13. "Altar Boy" (Rickie Lee Jones) – 2:14
  14. "Novocaine for the Soul" (The Moog Cookbook remix) (E and Goldenberg) – 3:10
  15. "If I Was Your Girlfriend" (Live) (Prince) – 4:34
  16. "Bad News" (Sally Dworsky and E) – 2:56
  17. "Funeral Parlor" – 2:12
  18. "Hospital Food" (Live on the BBC) (Butch, E, and Lang) – 3:24
  19. "Open the Door" (BBC) (Linda Hopper and Ruthie Morris) – 3:04
  20. "Birdgirl on a Cell Phone" – 3:08
  21. "Vice President Fruitley" (Butch, E, and Lisa Germano) – 2:17
  22. "My Beloved Monstrosity" – 2:13
  23. "The Dark End of the Street" (Live) (Dan Penn and Chips Moman) – 2:35
  24. "The Cheater's Guide to Your Heart" (Live) – 2:39
  25. "Useless Trinkets" – 2:22
CD 2
  1. "Mr. E's Beautiful Remix" (E and Simpson) – 2:54
  2. "Souljacker part I" (Alternate version) (Butch, E, and Adam Siegel) – 3:04
  3. "Dog Faced Boy" (Alternate version) (E and John Parish) – 2:54
  4. "Jennifer Eccles" (Allan Clarke and Graham Nash) – 3:20
  5. "Rotten World Blues" – 2:45
  6. "Can't Help Falling in Love" (Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, and George David Weiss) – 2:08
  7. "Christmas Is Going to the Dogs" – 2:58
  8. "Mighty Fine Blues" – 3:26
  9. "Eyes Down" – 3:32
  10. "Skywriting" – 2:07
  11. "Taking a Bath in Rust" – 2:28
  12. "Estranged Friends" (E and Koool G Murder) – 3:21
  13. "Her" – 2:48
  14. "Waltz of the Naked Clowns" – 2:47
  15. "I Like Birds" (Live) – 2:36
  16. "Sad Foot Sign" – 2:19
  17. "Living Life" (Daniel Johnston) – 2:49
  18. "The Bright Side" (Peter Buck and E) – 3:42
  19. "After the Operation" – 1:55
  20. "Jelly Dancers" (Bruce Haack and Esther Nelson) – 4:38
  21. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" (Live at Town Hall) (Prince) – 3:37
  22. "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" (Live at Town Hall) (E and Simpson) – 3:04
  23. "I Want to Protect You" – 3:09
  24. "I Put a Spell on You" (Live) (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) – 2:21
  25. "Saw a UFO" – 4:37

DVD[edit]

  1. "Saturday Morning"
  2. "Eyes Down"
  3. "My Beloved Monster"
  4. "From Which I Came/A Magic World"
  5. "Not Ready Yet"
  6. "Souljacker part I"

Origin of tracks[edit]

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Eels attempted to run a one-second edit[6] of their seven-second ad[7] during the television broadcast of the 2008 Super Bowl to promote Useless Trinkets, but were denied by the National Football League.[8] Lead singer E reported: "In the end we were told that the NFL would have to find 29 other advertisers to buy 1 second spots to fill a standard 30 second advertising slot and that they do not sell advertising time by the second. They also noted that a rapid fire 30 second segment of thirty 1 second commercials could cause people with certain medical conditions to have seizures and that it was against network regulations."[9]

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