Novocaine for the Soul

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"Novocaine for the Soul"
Single by Eels
from the album Beautiful Freak
Producer(s)Mark Oliver Everett
Eels singles chronology
"Novocaine for the Soul"
"Susan's House"
Music video
"Novocaine for the Soul" on YouTube

"Novocaine for the Soul" is a song by American rock band Eels. It was released as the lead single from their 1996 debut album, Beautiful Freak.


“Part of my problem is with intimacy. ‘Novocaine for the Soul’ sounds detached because it’s about detachment. That’s what I think is so great about that song, and on that level I think it’s almost genius. It’s detachment personified. I’m singing about numbness and I’m numb. It’s about having too much feeling," said singer Mark Everett in 1996.[1]


After Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen signed the band to their then-newly formed record label DreamWorks, "Novocaine for the Soul" brought Eels international success, most notably in the United Kingdom, where it hit number 10 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1997.[2] It also hit number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for two weeks in October 1996, and remained on the chart for 25 weeks.[3] In Australia, "Novocaine for the Soul" peaked at number 84 in October 1996.[4]

The song was featured in the British television show Trigger Happy TV, the films Berlin Blues, Mean Creek and Dream for an Insomniac, a trailer for the 2001 film Novocaine, and the television series My Mad Fat Diary.

Music video[]

The music video was directed by Mark Romanek and features E and the other band members suspended on wires, making them appear to be flying.

Track listing[]

1."Novocaine for the Soul"
2."Guest List"Everett3:13
3."My Beloved Monster" (live from Tennessee)Everett2:13


See also[]

  • Number one modern rock hits of 1996
  • List of RPM Rock/Alternative number-one singles (Canada)


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  2. ^ Jump up to: a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b "Eels Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9929." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9923." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
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  8. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  9. ^ "Eels Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  10. ^ "RPM Year End Top Alternative Top 50". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved May 26, 2021.

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