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By the time 2000 came around things were far brighter in E’s world, and again his mood is reflected in his music. Lead single Mr E’s Beautiful Blues is as sunny as you will ever find EELS, although it’s a hit that nearly didn’t make it onto the album at all.
“After going through a couple of years of my family dying while making Electro Shock Blues I was pretty desperate to go in another direction and create a feeling of a new beginning in my life. I moved into a new house, went back and cleaned out the family house and it was a fresh start, that is reflected in the music on that record.
“Mr E’s Beautiful Blues came about well after the record was finished and was sitting on the record company shelf collecting dust. They wanted another single, or just any song that could be a single! I kept disagreeing with them.
"Then one day I walked out into the backyard and I was like, ‘Goddamn it’s a nice day, it’s a beautiful day,’ and I started circulating that in my head. I got together with Mike Simpson and we banged that out really fast.
“Putting it as a secret track on the record was a source of contention with me and the record company. I tried to put it in the sequence of the album but it wrecked the flow, I was satisfied with the album the way it was and the arc it had from song to song.
"I told them it couldn’t go on there and then I finally came up with making it an unlisted bonus track. I thought that’d make it a cool thing that people had to discover. The record company thought I was insane, it was the song with the most commercial potential and it wasn’t even listed.
“One of the best things to happen to us was when the George Bush campaign used some songs from Daisies of the Galaxy as an example of inappropriate music. It was hilarious. It was typical George Bush.
"Because the album cover was this storybook they said the music was targeted at very young children and it had a song called It’s A Motherfucker. They said I was telling children to fuck their mothers. Very literal, those George Bush people. You can’t buy publicity like that, but if I could have bought it, I would have.”