And here, finally, is the Blinking Lights project. Two discs, 33 songs, a real labour of love. So much so that the inter-label wrangles that proceeded its release could have just about driven E to desperate measures...
“The longer you do this the harder it gets because you have to challenge yourself and go to places you haven’t been. It’s hard, particularly doing a double album with that many songs on. That one was a particularly harrowing situation.
"Right after Shootenanny! DreamWorks got sold to Universal and we got shuffled over to Interscope. They gave us all the hot air about what a great artist I am and how glad they were to have me.
“I finished Blinking Lights and was ready to play it for them and they said, ‘Nah, this isn’t the right place for you.’ They didn’t even listen to a single note of it. They paid me to go away, I kept the album and made a new deal, so I got paid for it.
"It was great, but it didn’t feel great at the time. It was awful and felt really depressing for me. But, I think the label could have kept that album. It was a dangerous situation for me.
"I had paid for the whole making of the album and it was finished in their office. In the contract they could have kept it. That would have been the greatest tragedy in the world for me, making this 33-track album and no one would ever hear it. I might have had to kill myself, so I’m glad that didn’t happen!”