Alt rock band Eels is primarily the work of one man, musician, singer-songwriter Mark Oliver Everett (also known as, Man Called E, Mr. E, or simply E; son of famed physicist Hugh Everett III). Everett formed the Eels with drummer Butch Norton and bassist Tommy Walter (also known as stage name Abandoned Pools) in 1995 when his solo career stalled. They quickly found fame with the release of their first album Beautiful Freak when a track from the album, "Beloved Monster" was used in the film Shrek. However it is their second album Electro-Shock Blues, which is considered Eels magnum opus. Written during a time of great personal tragedy for Everett (his sister committed suicide and his mother had terminal lung cancer). Eels have released six studio albums the most recent was 2005's Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, which is a deeply personal trip the Everett's spirituality and sanity, it is critically acclaimed but not commercially successful.