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Eels — Souljacker
Album: Souljacker
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Released: 2001
Length: 3:13
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22 miles of hard road
33 years of tough luck
44 skulls buried in the ground
Crawling down through the muck
Ah yeah!

Johnny don't like the teacher
Johnny don't like the school
One day Johnny gonna to do somethin'
Show 'em he's nobody's fool
Ah yeah!

Sisters' brothers make better lovers
Family affair down under the covers
Trailer park of broken hearts
Won't let you leave until you're bleeding

Sally don't like her Daddy
Sally don't like her friends
Sally and Johnny watchin' TV
Waitin' for it to end
Ah yeah!

Sisters' brothers make better lovers
Family affair down under the covers
Trailer park of broken hearts
Won't let you leave until you-
Rock!

22 miles of hard road
33 years of tough luck
44 skulls buried in the ground
Crawling down through the muck
Ah yeah...
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School shooter theme song.
love it!!  this rocks so hard! play it on repeat, please! LOL
Those lyrics are so grim. Great song.
super catchy! LOVE
 joejennings wrote:

Great Tune! I love the bass line!



And some rightly gut wrenching lyrics.
 amancalledj wrote:
Not a single mention of John Parish here so far. He played a substantial role in the production of this album. His guitar playing made Souljacker rock harder than any other eels album before or since (except maybe some tracks on Hombre Lobo). Anyway, it's been nearly 20 years since this first blew me away.  eels haven't reached this level of excellence again in more recent years - but then neither have I.  


And John Parish works with E on the brand new Eels album, Extreme Witchcraft. It's a good one.
 bpemby wrote:

I'll take Mark Everett's music any time thanks.



it's 3:38 AM. Yes, I need this song at work
First time hearing this one, instant 8!
Great Tune! I love the bass line!
That guy just jacked a Poodle!?
Thought folks might find this interesting:

'Eels's lead singer, E (aka Mark Oliver Everett), explained on the band's website the origin of this song: "People keep asking me, 'what is a Souljacker?' Originally the press coined the term 'Soul Jacker' for an American serial killer in the 1990s that claimed to not only kill, but also steal the souls of his victims. This is not his story. But I was very interested in this idea, that someone could take your soul. During the recording of the EELS record Electro-Shock Blues, I did something I never would normally do, but I was going through a lot and needed a break. I went to a meditation retreat and did not speak, read or write for ten days. During these ten days I began to think about this idea of stealing a soul on a larger scale. It seemed to me that there were just too many distractions and that people were losing their souls because they had no way of knowing what they had in the first place. How can you keep what you don't know you have? I then realized that no one can take your soul if you know what you have and you don't want them to. I wrote the song that became 'Souljacker part II' in my head during these 10 days. Breaking the retreat's rule about not writing anything, I would go to the outdoor bathroom and use the pencil for bathroom cleaning duty sign-up, and write the words on toilet paper, hiding it whenever someone came in. Later we wrote 'Souljacker part I,' which is about the ugliness of a soulless life. And then came all the other characters in this world that make up 'Souljacker.' Just thought I should explain. It's really a beautiful thing."'
Not a single mention of John Parish here so far. He played a substantial role in the production of this album. His guitar playing made Souljacker rock harder than any other eels album before or since (except maybe some tracks on Hombre Lobo). Anyway, it's been nearly 20 years since this first blew me away.  eels haven't reached this level of excellence again in more recent years - but then neither have I.  
great groove...
 pinto wrote:


Only because Morrison added additional lyrics
 
Yes but Quicksilver Messenger Service made that one song a complete album side.
New look at this classic
Whole album is great.
Makes me think fondly of Primus - Johnny Was A Racecar Driver
I'll take Mark Everett's music any time thanks.
  
 SmackDaddy wrote:
 kbs wrote:

I'd pair it with The Doors' 'Who Do You Love'....
 

That's a funny way to spell "Bo Diddley's"
 

Only because Morrison added additional lyrics
 kbs wrote:

I'd pair it with The Doors' 'Who Do You Love'....
 

That's a funny way to spell "Bo Diddley's"
 FrankDebbieCote wrote:
Paradise plays more noise all the time.
..





I really like E's sardonic attitude: "YOU LITTLE PUNKS THINK YOU OWN THIS TOWN ..."
 stevieslo wrote:
apparently, this song works perfectly after almost anything, Bowie, Zep, Mr. Waits...

great set, Bill...Siouxie, The Orb, Bowie, and this...awesome!


 
I'd pair it with The Doors' 'Who Do You Love'....
Cool song
This guy is brilliant!
 westslope wrote:
Anybody here like to eat eels?    Absolutely delicious.  High in Omega 3 fat too.
 
Not that I know of, although I'm not much of a seafood fan in general, so I'm guessing I wouldn't like eels much.  Especially if this had happened to me....https://www.cbsnews.com/news/7...

Long Live RP!!
This whole album is stellar.  
Anything by Eels alright but this one, ah no.
Paradise plays more noise all the time.
 westslope wrote:
Anybody here like to eat eels?    Absolutely delicious.  High in Omega 3 fat too.

 
I've had unagi (eel) donburi a couple of times. It was pretty good, but I just learned it's not a sustainable food, and it's not a cuisine I can't live without, so I'll probably skip it in the future.

apparently, this song works perfectly after almost anything, Bowie, Zep, Mr. Waits...

great set, Bill...Siouxie, The Orb, Bowie, and this...awesome!


Anybody here like to eat eels?    Absolutely delicious.  High in Omega 3 fat too.
Yes, nice segue from "Jockey Full of Bourbon".
Nice, after Bowie's scorcher, "Panic In Detroit." I dig how E takes that Bo Diddley beat and rides it like a bull at the rodeo. Wild number!
Perfect, coming after Tom Waits! One of the things I liked about seeing Mark E and the Eels live was their innate affinity for JAMMING!
The mighty Zep and then Souljacker ... Oh yeah, RP does know how to rock out!
 lily34 wrote:
i love this.

the album cover art always creeps me out for some reason, though.
the dog looks distressed...
 
I bet he looks less distressed than you would.......
Mr. E strikes again!
Whhhoooohooo - not heard this before! Diggin' it! 
i love this.

the album cover art always creeps me out for some reason, though.
the dog looks distressed...
Nice!
Blastin' good stuff for a Friday afternoon...ROCK IT!
Everthing is fine
Smokin' rocker. 
No need to keep Portland weird, it invented weird! Love it.
 jagdriver wrote:
A complete ripoff.
 
Well, THAT was flippant and oh-so-profound. I bow to your absolute insight and wisdom. When I grow up, I wanna be you.

Not. {#Roflol}
A complete ripoff.
Wow.  This reminds me of "Who Do You Love?" - only much better.  Dang. I want to hate Eels, but this song makes it impossible. Also makes it impossible to sit still...  Gotta go dance now...{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananasplit}
Got to love RP some times I think we are stuck in new world music or the talking heads hour or chick music and then Bill looses his mind and rocks out like a crazy fanatic!
Oh Yeah baby Oh yeah!{#Bananajam}
 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
oh yeah!
 
Right On! This does remind me a bit of their new one, "Fresh Blood" = > 9.

this tune wants me to find a kings of convenience fan and smash his guitar! Then say "sorry".
{#Guitarist}
oh yeah!
I hope this song doesn't put people off on the EELS.  For an EELS fan this is a great song because of the other songs.  It does have it's moments of irritation but give Mr. E a listen.  Yes the capitalization is from an EELS dork ;)
I really like the Eels, but please never play this song again.
YEAH, EELs just rocks! Solid fact.
yes sir, may I have another!
This is a rocker!!
{#Sunny}

Awesome; totally rocks. . .

Should've played the Eels "Whatever Happened to Soy Bomb" after that last Dylan tune.... {#Bananasplit}<—— Portnoy-nanna
No thanks.  {#No} Can't stand these talentless bozos.

Excellent song to end the day with!!! Thanks!!! {#Bananajam}
FlamingLotus wrote:
Whooooooo do you luuv? Whooooooo do you luuv...
Bingo!
Love the Eels. Their recent best-of album, "Meet the Eels," is excellent.
Wher's Ronnie Hawkins when you need him?
FlamingLotus wrote:
Whooooooo do you luuv? Whooooooo do you luuv...
Yeah, and call me nuts, but I was never crazy about them, either.
Whooooooo do you luuv? Whooooooo do you luuv...
lionirons wrote:
Not anywhere near the Butthole Surfers. Sorry, I'll pass...
true - the Butthole Surfers are specs in the review mirror of E
Scary! Just watch the news.
22 miles of hard road 33 years of tough luck 44 skulls buried in the ground
Perfect for a Friday afternoon in my state of mind...
Hannio wrote:
The dog on the album cover has quite the worried look. Can't blame him.
E does that to people (I mean, animals)
Not anywhere near the Butthole Surfers. Sorry, I'll pass...
Oh my God, my favorite Eels tune! I'm jumping all over my room!!!
A completely different Eels sound than I'm used to hearing...love it...and that album cover!!
serinde wrote:
YES.
YES.
Whew! Thanks for the wake-up!
Take a little Muddy Waters,amp it up,and texture liberally. Makes numerous servings of good stuff.
This one will clean the cobwebs out of your head!
Serious music - no airy fairy pop tunes here!!
The dog on the album cover has quite the worried look. Can't blame him.
YES YES YES!!! i need an up vibe and this is it..thanks
I'm trying to head off to bed... but my toes can't stop tappin!
Yeah. That bridge/ solo....Reminds me of when M.J.Fox does his guitar bit at the high school hop in Back To The Future. Everyone stops dancing and they stare at him like he was crazy or something. 'You might not like it now, but your kids are gonna love it' he says. Sorry. Still sounds awful.
psycho_therapist wrote:
Well, I was thinking it was just kinda Butthole Surferish - kinda cool, I guess. But then the bridge/solo kicked in, and WHOA... And then it ended.
Yeah, I can hear the Butthole Surfers too..... intense song, I can dig it!
YES.
Oh Yeah!
What an annoying song! All fizz and no pop!
Patrick wrote:
Let's smash our computers! OHH YEAAAAHHH!
*obligatory bump*
Name of group and name of album sound so intriguing. Sorry I had to be AFK!
I liked this better the first time. Must have been the three previous cuts clouding my hearing... demoted to a 4.
Play some Blasters please; then let's see what rocks. This is okay, but really derivative. That being said, even derivative rock is better than no rock.
whultman wrote:
Fer shur
Gotta love the Eels. This soge reminds me of The Mescaleros, or BRMC. Got my toes a-tappin' on a Monday afternoon - not an easy thing.
Oh, What Fun!
good stuff!
Kickin'!
I hear them for the first time.. they rock!!! :sunny.gif:
drH wrote:
I wish these posers would go away.
I agree. Anyone who listens to RP but hates the EELs really should consider going away.
drH wrote:
I wish these posers would go away.
:P Not a chance...
I wish these posers would go away.
Check out everything these guys have put out--Many, Many Treasures! Promise.
Awe Yeah!
psycho_therapist wrote:
....then the bridge/solo kicked in, and WHOA...
Didn't grab me until the bridge and then........whoa!
Well, I was thinking it was just kinda Butthole Surferish - kinda cool, I guess. But then the bridge/solo kicked in, and WHOA... And then it ended.
lateral1 wrote:
cool
very cool
cool
MsfStl wrote:
Probably the best song I've heard all day! (pimp)
Once again....my day is complete! Thanks RP! (pimp)
The EELS rock! What more can you say? Do yourself a favor and see them live!
Let's smash our computers! OHH YEAAAAHHH!
Originally Posted by sisyphus6: They try so very hard they are trying.
I had to read that 10 times in order to extract any sense from it. You weren't trying hard enough with your grammar; probably.
They try so very hard they are trying.