Novocaine for the Soul

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"Novocaine for the Soul"
Single by Eels
from the album Beautiful Freak
Released1996 (US)
3 February 1997 (UK)
Eels singles chronology
"Novocaine for the Soul"
"Susan's House"

"Novocaine for the Soul" is a song by American rock band Eels. It was released as the lead single from their 1996 debut album, Beautiful Freak.


The song's opening sample has been variously identified as from Captain Kings and the Monkeytimers' "Straightaway", Fats Domino's "Let the Four Winds Blow,"[1] and a track called "She Knows" from a 1964 Beatles knock-off album by The Schoolboys.[2]


"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.[3] 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.[4] In Australia, "Novocaine For the Soul" peaked at number 84 in October 1996.[5]

The song's popularity was also aided by its later use in the British television show Trigger Happy TV.[citation needed] It was also featured in the films Berlin Blues, Mean Creek, Dream for an Insomniac, and in a trailer for the 2001 film Novocaine, as well an episode of My Mad Fat Diary.

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 (1996/1997) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[5] 84
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 1
UK Singles Chart[3] 10
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 39
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Eels: Novocaine for the Soul". Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  2. ^ "A Beatles knock-off from 1964 and the Eels from 1996?". Steve Hoffman Music Forums. April 6, 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Official Charts > Eels". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  4. ^ "Novocaine for the Soul - Eels". United States: Billboard. Retrieved 2010-01-11. Chart History: 1, Alternative Songs, October 12, 1996 ... 25 Weeks on chart
  5. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.

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