Twenty years on from the release of Electro-Shock Blues
, many people still define Mark Everett from the album's lyrical content. He admitted to NME
in a 2018 interview to being irritated that people are hung up on this impression of him.
"The one thing that I think is a recurring theme is the lazy headline journalism that 'this is the depressing band," Everett said. "That's completely missing the point, but I get it. You know, 'oh, Electro-Shock Blues is about his family dying – pass.' I get that kind of thinking, but for those that are willing to spend a little time with it, they're going to find out that it's the opposite. It's really the ultimate life-affirming message. Someone can go through all that and find the blue sky when the clouds break.
He added: "You can't please everybody, so why try? If the kids like ice cream, you can't always give them ice cream."