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February 28, 2003 11:31 AM   Subscribe

Elvis so loved the world that he died, fat and bloated, in a bathroom. For unto you is born this day in the city of Memphis a Presley, which is Elvis the King. And Elvis saw them berating the poor recording artist, whose music was terrible and lyrics insipid, and Lo, the King said unto the mob: "Let him who is without bad singles cast the first rhinestone." And the mob turned down their eyes, each considering his own Don't Worry Be Happy or Man in the Mirror, and shuffled off. "Thank you," said Elvis. "Thank you very much."
posted by quonsar (18 comments total)

 
"Happy Friday! Goodnight!"
[quonsar has left the building]
posted by quonsar at 11:33 AM on February 28, 2003


nice. now if we could only find a white boy who could post a mefi comment like a black man then we'd be rich col. tucker!
posted by Peter H at 11:40 AM on February 28, 2003


of course that was from a taped conversation of col. PARKER talking to col. tucker. i have absolutely no idea who tucker is, tho. oop!
posted by Peter H at 11:44 AM on February 28, 2003


brilliant.
posted by psychotic_venom at 11:49 AM on February 28, 2003


No, no .... Thank YOU. Thank YOU very much
(no relation)
posted by ElvisJesus at 11:55 AM on February 28, 2003


Tom Corboy made an incredibly great 1/2 hour documentary about Elvis worshippers in about 1984. It was called "Rock'n'Roll Disciples" in the US, and repackaged as "The Cult that is Elvis" by Rhino (at least that's what it was called in the UK when I bought it). Facets Multimedia (facets.org) carries it now under the name "Mondo Elvis". It has no narration, just lets the people speak for themselves. I can't do justice to how good this thing is. Writers would kill for dialogue as poignant and hilarious.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 12:03 PM on February 28, 2003


I like Man In The Mirror.
posted by PrinceValium at 12:13 PM on February 28, 2003


Been here, done that.
posted by y2karl at 12:24 PM on February 28, 2003


My conscience demands that I quote Chuck D :

Elvis was a hero to most / But he never meant shit to me.
posted by influx at 12:25 PM on February 28, 2003


My conscience demands that I quote B B King:

I liked Elvis a lot. I saw him as a fellow Mississippian and I was impressed by his sincerity," said King who toured Australia in May '97. "I thought he was honourable when he came to play The Goodwill Revue, a yearly benefit in our home town for needy black kids. When Elvis appeared he was already a big, big star," said the legendary bluesman. "Remember this was the fifties, so for a young white boy to show up at an all-black function took guts. I believe he was showing his roots. After the show, he made a point of posing for pictures with me, treating me like royalty. He'd tell people I was one of his influences.
posted by y2karl at 1:39 PM on February 28, 2003


"For unto you is born this day in the city of Memphis a Presley" -- funny, I thought he was from Tupelo.
posted by nickmark at 2:43 PM on February 28, 2003


Thanks, nick. As a Memphian, I found this a bit insulting.
posted by charlesv at 2:49 PM on February 28, 2003


What would Elvis say?
posted by madamjujujive at 3:35 PM on February 28, 2003


Hey, has anyone here read the Elvis Presley book in the Penguin Lives series, by Bobbie Ann Mason? Is it any good?
posted by eatitlive at 4:06 PM on February 28, 2003


Speaking of books, I highly recommend Jack Womack's brilliantly hilarious "Elvissey." It'll freak you out. The Elvis of our world is kidnapped to act as the saviour of a parallel dimension. Hijinks and angst ensure!

--
Elijah
posted by elijah at 4:13 PM on February 28, 2003


Pie?
posted by inpHilltr8r at 4:15 PM on February 28, 2003


The Elvis of our world is kidnapped to act as the saviour of a parallel dimension.

Nuh Uh... In our ecocatastrophic dystopian future the Church Of Elvis is huge and agents are sent to a weird parallel Earth--where World War II was never fought and all the black people in the South have "disappeared"--to kidnap their nobody Elvis and bring him back here to exploit the Church of E. When they walk in his kitchen, they find that Elvis has just murdered his mother. Hijinks blah blah woof woof.
posted by y2karl at 11:42 PM on February 28, 2003


Good to see my man, Elvis, getting his due. Thanks for the link.
posted by VelvetHellvis at 11:05 AM on March 1, 2003


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