While BTO and Grand Funk ruled the airwaves, the Electric Eels confronted the cities of Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio with clothing held together with rat traps and safety pins, Marshalls covered in fiberglas, a lawnmower, and songs like “You’re Full of Shit.” The Eels’ music was unabashedly confrontational, angry, absurd, desperate, self-destructive and very ahead of its time. They played abrasive three chord rock songs, songs of utter despair as well as free improvisations. They were beaten by police, each other and themselves.
|John Morton and Dave E. at CWRU, Cleveland, 1975.|
A History of the Eels
John Morton’s eyeball notes
An excerpt from Brian McMahon’s Jaguar Ride
"Those Were Different Times: A Memoir of Cleveland Life 1968-1975" by Charlotte Pressler (the complete, edited text)