Novocaine for the Soul

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"Novocaine for the Soul"
Eels-NovocaineForTheSoul.jpg
Single by Eels
from the album Beautiful Freak
Released
  • 1996 (U.S.)
  • 3 February 1997 (UK)
Format
Length 3:08
Label DreamWorks
Writer(s)
Eels singles chronology
"Novocaine for the Soul"
(1996)
"Susan's House"
(1997)

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

Samples[edit]

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]

Release[edit]

"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"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996/1997) Peak
position
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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eels: Novocaine for the Soul". whosampled.com. 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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