“I’m so tired of the same old crud, Sweet baby, I need fresh blood,” sings Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett, better known as E. You may recognize the tune, called “Fresh Blood”: It’s the theme song of The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, an HBO series about the real estate millionaire and murder suspect.
A day before the final episode aired, Durst was arrested and charged in the murder of his spokeswoman and friend, Susan Berman. He was previously acquitted of another murder and remains a suspect in his first wife’s 1982 disappearance.
The Eels song that is now somewhat synonymous with Durst is off the 2009 album Hombre Lobo, Spanish for wolf man. “That song is just about a horny werewolf,” E said in a phone interview. “It wasn’t about killing anybody, that’s a new twist on it that I did not intend.”
After HBO and director Andrew Jarecki determined they wanted to use the song for the series, the company approached the band. “HBO told us what the show was about. They told us that it was Andrew Jarecki and I automatically said I’m in. He’s great. He knows what he’s doing,” he said.
E wasn’t given a preview of the show’s eerie introduction, which features the New York skyline, of which the Durst family owns a substantial portion; a man shaving his head and wearing a wig (an homage to Durst’s look while on the run); and re-creations of the murders Durst is suspected of committing.
“I didn’t see the intro until it was on TV, which was exciting. I really like how they used it,” the singer said. For E, the best moment is the howl, which coincides with a gunshot flash. “One of my favorite things I get to do in my life is I get to do the howl on stage into a microphone and a loud sound system. I recommend it.”
This isn’t the first time the band has been tied to a TV show: Two Eels songs were featured on “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and fans may also remember its tunes being tied to “Shrek” and “Scream 2.”
Even more than the intro to The Jinx, E complimented Jarecki for the compelling story that had him “teetering” between Durst’s version of events and what was uncovered. “Jarecki showed there was a charm to Durst that would make you side with him at times,” he said.
The band’s new affiliation with the suspected killer is not alienating to E, who praises The Jinx for giving the song a second life: “It makes the song come to a different kind of light than it had before.”
Although he loved the show's introduction, E found watching it an unusual experience. “I was watching the show as a fan. Whenever the song would come on, it would be a very weird feeling,” the singer said. “Its a weird feeling when I hear me singing in a show that I love.”
As for whether Durst “killed them all, of course,” a statement the suspect made in the final episode, E said “it certainly looks like he did.”