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setlist Reading Festival: Reading, UK 24-8-2001

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With ‘Beautiful Freak’ Eels set new standards in pared-back, sensitive song-writing. Then with the ‘Daisies Of The Galaxy’ album and the accompanying live shows, they went all overblown – with multi-instrumentalist and all-round smart-arse Lisa Germano being extremely talented but rather too smug for most people’s tastes. You’ll be relieved to know that their Reading set has gone in yet another direction – punk rock! Mark Everitt, looking like a heavily-bearded Charles Darwin in truly nasty tartan shorts, begins with a hilarious cover of Missy Elliott’s ‘Get Ur Freak On’ before running through ‘It’s A Motherfucker’, ‘I Like Birds’ and ‘Beautiful Freak’ like you’ve never heard them before – super-loud! And new track, ‘Dog Faced Boy’, which has the deepest Mudhoney guitar heard since, well, Mudhoney. What a relief.

Review by Suzy West

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2001 by husky, all rights reserved, I ain't responsible for anything!