Wednesday 29th November 2023 – Today, critically acclaimed rock group EELS release their brand new Christmas track, ‘Christmas, Why You Gotta Do Me Like This’, out now via E Works/[PIAS]. An alternative yuletide ballad with a traditionally morose, EELS twist, the song is a tale of unrequited love at Christmas time. Listen here.
Principal singer-songwriter E / Mark Oliver Everett says, “I mean, seriously. Haven’t I always been good to you, Christmas? Enough with the coal in my stocking. For fuck’s sake.”
The song follows the band’s previous festive offerings ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas’ and ‘Christmas is Going to the Dogs’.“Everyone should have at least three Christmas songs in their catalog”, says E. “I’m sorry it took me so long.”
‘Christmas, Why You Gotta Do Me Like This’ will appear on EELS’ upcoming compilation album, EELS So Good: Essential EELS, Vol.2 out on December 15th via E Works/[PIAS]. Pre-orders are available here.
Spanning over 15 years, seven studio albums and featuring some of EELS best loved songs, the album includes hits such as ‘Fresh Blood’ and ‘That Look You Gave That Guy’, new favourites from 2020’s ‘Earth To Dora’, as well as three previously unreleased tracks and five that are being pressed to vinyl for the very first time, including ‘Royal Pain’ from the motion picture Shrek The Third, and ‘Man Up’ from the official soundtrack of ‘Yes Man’.
EELS So Good: Essential EELS, Vol.2 Track Listing:
That Look You Give That Guy
A Line in the Dirt
I Like the Way This Is Going
Where I’m From
Mistakes of My Youth
Today Is the Day
You Are the Shining Light
Are We Alright Again
Earth to Dora
Royal Pain [from the motion picture Shrek The Third (first time on vinyl)]
Man Up [from the motion picture Yes Man (first time on vinyl)]
Man I Keep Trying [from the motion picture Prisoner’s Daughter (previously unreleased)]
Jazz Hands, Part I (previously unreleased)
Christmas, Why You Gotta Do Me Like This (previously unreleased)
EELS So Good: Essential EELS, Vol.2 will be available as a digital release and in the following formats:
Transparent green double vinyl
140g standard weight vinyl
12pp Booklet (300x300mm)
Digisleeve w/ 2 pockets
EELS have had one of the most consistently acclaimed careers in music. The ever-changing project of principal singer/songwriter E (Mark Oliver Everett), EELS have released 14 studio albums since their 1996 debut, Beautiful Freak. In 2008 E published his highly acclaimed book Things the Grandchildren Should Know and starred in the award-winning Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives documentary about the search to understand his quantum physicist father, Hugh Everett III.