Editors’ Notes As a companion piece to the career-spanning ‘greatest hits’ collection, Meet the Eels, Useless Trinkets provides the road less traveled, which proves just as — if not more — intriguing. Eels, the work of Mark Oliver Everett (aka E), specialize in askew, orchestrated pop, caffeinated guitar rock and songs bemused by simple, complex and random thoughts. Trinkets collects 50(!) stray tracks, from alternate mixes (“Your Lucky Day In Hell”), alternate versions (“Souljacker Part 1,” “Dog Faced Boy”), live cuts (“Hospital Food,” “The Cheater’s Guide to Your Heart”) perfect covers (Prince’s “If I Was Your Girlfriend” and “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” Screaming Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell On You”) and songs provided to movie soundtracks.(“Bad News,” “Taking A Bath in Rust”), with over a dozen tunes previously unreleased. Everett’s the unusual studio technician who also excels as a live performer. His albums, studded with delicious textures, draw close attention to his sandpaper vocals, but he’s just as affecting on the live BBC recordings of “Manchester Girl” and “Flower.” 50 tracks may seem excessive, but what’s overwhelming here is the overall brilliant quality of the material. What a decade of work!

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Novocaine for the Soul (Live from Hell)
1
3:18
 
F****r
2
2:17
 
My Beloved Monster (Live from Tennessee)
3
2:32
 
Dog's Life
4
3:58
 
Susan's Apartment
5
3:28
 
Manchester Girl (BBC)
6
3:21
Flower (BBC)
7
3:16
 
My Beloved Mad Monster Party (BBC)
8
2:32
 
Animal
9
2:38
 
Stepmother
10
2:50
 
Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas
11
2:51
 
Your Lucky Day In Hell (Michael Simpson Remix)
12
3:57
 
Altar Boy
13
2:14
 
Novocaine for the Soul (Moog Cookbook Remix)
14
3:08
 
If I Was Your Girlfriend (Live)
15
4:32
Bad News
16
2:56
 
Funeral Parlor
17
2:10
 
Hospital Food (BBC)
18
3:24
 
Open the Door (BBC)
19
3:02
 
Birdgirl On a Cell Phone
20
3:06
 
Vice President Fruitley
21
2:16
 
My Beloved Monstrosity
22
2:11
 
The Dark End of the Street (Live)
23
2:33
The Cheater's Guide to Your Heart (Live)
24
2:37
Useless Trinkets
25
2:22
Mr. E's Beautiful Blues (Remix)
1
3:54
 
Souljacker, Pt. 1 (Alternate)
2
3:04
Dog Faced Boy (Alternate)
3
2:53
Jennifer Eccles
4
3:18
 
Rotten World Blues
5
2:45
 
Can't Help Falling In Love
6
2:08
 
Christmas Is Going to the Dogs
7
2:57
 
Mighty Fine Blues
8
3:24
 
Eyes Down
9
3:31
 
Skywriting
10
2:06
 
Taking a Bath In Rust
11
2:28
 
Estranged Friends
12
3:20
Her
13
2:48
 
Waltz of the Naked Clowns
14
2:47
 
I Like Birds (Live)
15
2:34
Sad Foot Sign
16
2:19
 
Living Life
17
2:49
The Bright Side
18
3:42
 
After the Operation
19
1:54
Jelly Dancers
20
4:36
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
21
3:37
Mr. E's Beautiful Blues (Live)
22
3:03
I Want to Protect You
23
3:09
I Put a Spell On You (Live)
24
2:16
Saw a U.F.O
25
4:37