Die Electric Eels – Cyclotron 7″



In May 1975 these guys recorded two slabs of what have to be some of the greatest proto punk ever. Agitated has all the punk elements: short song, sloppy instrumentation, raw production and a lousy solo.


Released by Rough Trade 1977. From Cleveland, Ohio(round in the ends high in the middle). Electric Eels on the web: http://www.electriceels.com.


Country: USA
Year: 1975
Label: Rough Trade
Format: 7″

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19,170 Responses to Die Electric Eels – Cyclotron 7″

  1. Tom says:

    Were the song titles mixed up in the post? Agitated talks about a cyclotron, while Cyclotron singer says he is “so agitated.”

  2. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    The song titles corresponds to the the titles on the labels. Maybe the labels are reversed?

  3. rich says:

    Yeah the songs are the wrong way round – top quality for sound on this page though, they sound great coming from whatever set up you’ve got there!

  4. malfeitor says:

    Peter is once again saving us from 128 kbps hell.

  5. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Thanks for the nice comments Rich and Malfeitor :). My set up is nothing special. Someday I migh afford to upgrade my 6 year old sound card and that will improve the quality alot. Or buy me one of the those nice pre-amp USB interfaces.

  6. Petter says:

    Nick Knox, the drummer from Cramps. Exelent stuff, love this band! Also agree with the others, great site! Keep up!

  7. LustForDeath says:

    This is real punk rock! Wanna hear real punk rock? Then listen to this and NOT Chaos uk!

  8. E. says:

    Chaos UK :-) How about some Anti Pasti (Peter’s and my fave band)?

  9. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Or Exploited!!! That’s REAL punk ho ho! Punx Not Dead Barmy Army!

  10. Mr Thrills says:

    You know what I think/I think the whole world stinks/And I don’t need no shrink/I just hate it


  11. Tony says:

    Another mindblowing record, this is in my Top 10 of all time. John Morton’s guitar playing just absolutely kills on this record. Plus they were from my hometown of Cleveland, so I know where some of the Eels’ angst came from since Cleveland was a pretty drab place back in the 70’s– the river caught on fire, the economy was in the toilet, downtown was a run down area. Come to think of it, there’s still some drab, raw places there in 2006! But Cleveland has a long history of original music coming out of it, punk and otherwise, from jazz maestro Albert Ayler in the late 60’s/early 70’s to the Electric Eeels, Pagans, Pere Ubu, etc, etc.

  12. Thing says:

    As far as sound quality is concerned, these songs were recorded live onto cassette. I don’t believe the band ever recorded in any other way.
    Also, I’ve never seen a copy of this single with the labels the right way round.
    “The Eyeball Of Hell” (LP) is an extraordinary record. If I remember rightly the vinyl version has more songs than the CD. It’s 2 LPs worth of this!! I think it’s on “SCAT” records.
    Try http://www.electricfuckingeels.com

  13. roger says:

    que diran los pistols????????????????????????”

    muy buen punk rock de los Die Electric Eels

    lima peru

  14. roger says:

    que diran los sex pitols

    punk rock del bueno con bastantes huevos de los Die Electric Eels


    lima peru

  15. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Jorå! Detta är tidigare än Pistols men efter Stooges och Ramones. Och lååååångt senare än Bill Haley & The Comets.

  16. ihatemakingscree says:

    Ich bein Die Electric Eels.

  17. Marmiteboy says:

    How fucking good is this!!! Brilliant stuff.

  18. Slammerworm says:

    Here’s where bratty 1960s punk gets snapped morphing into nasty 1970s punk. ‘Agitated’ is a genuine buried treasure and a true punk classic.

  19. blahhhhhhhhg fd says:

    is there any sites/torrent servers where i can download this shit on a mac?

  20. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Ehhh what do you mean? The mp3s are right here.

  21. Nathan G says:

    I already had these classics on a beat-up 45 and the eyeball cd, but it is such a joy to experience them here at this wonderland of punk fuckin rock!

  22. Chris g says:

    love this one, found one of the various compilations used for 5 dollars forever ago
    funny how the used section is more impressive than the new

  23. Johnny says:

    Who needs hippie dreck like Crass or MDC when you got real punk rock like Die Electric Eels?

  24. rubberman says:

    Proto Punk?? In 1975?? Well then if this is Proto Punk, Then all the Garage Bands fron 1963-1971 Never happened. And the 1972 August Issue of CREEM wherein Lester bangs Coined the Term PUNK ROCK never existed. Flakes….once again…YOU KNOW NOTHING!!!

    • The Flakes // Drummer says:

      Then it´s good to have you here who can set the records straight :). I´m aware of the 60´s garage scene and I think most people in here know the Creem/Lester Bang story. But sure if you wanna play mister know it all go ahead. To me the most of the 60´s garage bands that I´ve heard(take note) have elements of the later 70´s punk but not as much as to call it proto punk. But then again if you take me as an author of everything punk or hardcore you´ve come to the wrong place.

      If you don´t want to call Electric Eels proto punk, fine. I do and I don´t care if anybodyelse doesn´t. Get it?

      • Mike says:

        Well I guess I’m a few years behind on this, but honestly, this is two of the most kick-a$$ bits of music I’ve heard in a while. Thanks for posting this and keeping it up.

  25. zach says:

    just saw this behind glass at the rock and roll hall of fame.

  26. .|. i didn’t like this when i was young and first heard it… which proves kids are fucking stupid .|.

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