Upbeat Prince take livens up Madrid festival set
Andy Hill
12:10 13th July 2018

Remember Eels? ‘Novovaine For The Soul’? ‘Cancer For The Cure’? ‘Going To Your Funeral (Part One)’? Well, it would appear they’ve lightened up a whole bunch over the years, as evidenced by their newfangled, and relentlessly cheerful, cover of Prince’s 1985 floor-filler ‘Raspberry Beret’.

Have a butchers at this footage, taken the other day during their set at Madrid’s Mad Cool festival:


Mr. E empieza en modo Prince #classy #eels #raspberryberet

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Lead singer ‘E’, full name Mark Oliver Everett, has won legions of fans over the years for being a bit of a gloomy, shut-in death obsessives. Apparently now, in 2018, with the world going to absolute shit, he’s decided it’s high time he injected a bit of levity and humour into the live show. No bad thing.

Elsewhere on the Mad Cool line up, punters were treated to performances from Slaves, Tame Impala, Pearl Jam, Kasabian, MGMT, and more.

If you’re bang into the Prince cover, here’s an even better recording from the night before in Barcelona:

Speaking to NME recently about his new originals work, on Eels’ 12th studio album ‘The Deconstruction’ ‘E’ revealed the source material for the record’s lyrical themes:

“I think that a lot of it is about compassion and kindness and trying to accept our reality. That’s the key to happiness. I’m not an expert on any of the subjects in the songs on this record. Whoever I’m talking to in the song, I’m also simultaneously talking to myself.”

Stay cheerful, bud.

Mad Cool wraps up tomorrow, and along the way headline performances will take place courtesy of Pearl Jam, Jack White, Depeche Mode, and Queens Of The Stone Age. Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack, Wolf Alice, Franz Ferdinand, Snow Patrol, and James Bay.


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