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Growing up, Mark Oliver Everett had several friends that were coincidentally named Mark. To avoid confusion, they would refer to each other by their initials. Mark Everett was "M.E." Gradually it was shortened to "E".
By the time he was 20, E was obsessed with writing songs and recording them on his secondhand 4 track cassette recorder.
From 1993 to 1995 E recorded most of what became the BEAUTIFUL FREAK album. The single "Novocaine for the Soul" was eventually a number one alternative rock hit in 1996.
At 19, E found his father dead. His sister, Elizabeth, committed suicide in 1996. And now his mother was terminally ill with lung cancer. He set about the writing and recording of an album that would deal with the tragedies in his life. It was a challenge that E rose to on the critically acclaimed ELECTRO-SHOCK BLUES album, released in 1998.
Soon after returning home, E went down to his basement to write and record the next album, DAISIES OF THE GALAXY.
The bulk of the SOULJACKER album was recorded in the early part of 2001 and co-written and co-produced by E and John Parish.
June 3rd, 2003 saw the release of the EELS 5th studio album, SHOOTENANNY!.
April 26 2005 sees the worldwide release of BLINKING LIGHTS AND OTHER REVELATIONS. The album is heralded by the press as perhaps E's finest work to date.
In 2007, E was hard at work finishing his book THINGS THE GRANDCHILDREN SHOULD KNOW, preparing EELS best of and rarities collections and filming a documentary about his father, Hugh Everett III, titled PARALLEL WORLDS, PARALLEL LIVES.
June 2nd 2009: Release of HOMBRE LOBO, the seventh EELS studio album. The album is the highest-charting album in EELS history.
January 19th 2010: Release of END TIMES, the eighth EELS studio album, released barely half a year after HOMBRE LOBO.
August 24th, 2010: EELS announce release their ninth studio album, TOMORROW MORNING, the completion of a trilogy started with HOMBRE LOBO.