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
on Feb 28, 2003 -
The King As Art.
Artist Naoki Mitsuse writes, "I remember reading an article in the morning paper about a local teenage girl who had thrown herself out of a balcony of a tall apartment building, leaving a note that said something like, 'now that Elvis is dead, I have nothing to live for and goodbye.' This had a profound impact on me and I realized then, that Elvis was a very powerful man." So the artist created two series of Elvis paintings
that are way better than any Elvis on black velvet you might find on eBay.
posted by VelvetHellvis
on Dec 30, 2002 -
Elvis was a hero to most but he never meant shit to me …
"Media arrogance and dishonesty means we are eternally bound to live in a skewed world where Elvis is king of rock'n'roll, Clapton is the guitar god, Sinatra is the voice and Astaire is the greatest dancer."
Is it right to celebrate an artist who’s fame derived from appropriating and diluting the original
music of black America?
posted by niceness
on Aug 16, 2002 -
Is The King Finally Dead, After 25 Years? Elvis Presley
died on 16 August 1977 and, silly season or not, The Observer
, kicking off with Nik Cohn
's above-linked essay, has assembled a cracking collection of articles, interviews and humorous pieces about the controversial crooner, mainly directed (I'd say) at non-fans
. To my mind, the most enjoyable are Nigel Slater
's brave attempt to make the famous Presley sandwich
; the weird interview with Larry Geller
, his hairdresser and spiritual advisor
; the account of Elvis's only (secret) visit to Britain
; Michael Odell
's funny set of instructions on how not to behave
at an Elvis party; an interview with George Nichopoulos
, the doctor who wrote out more than 10,000 prescriptions for him; a round-up of ludicrous ex-girlfriends' memories
and, as an after-thought, a collector's report on locating that legendary first "Uh-huh"
of his. It's all good stuff but one has to ask whether, in this day and age, it isn't, er, overkill
. Is Elvis Presley still that relevant or is he slowly becoming a figure of fun? Whether or not he's actually dead, of course, is entirely another matter...
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Aug 11, 2002 -
The King Lives!
Elvis is back on top of the United Kingdom Singles chart with the remix of "A Little Less Conversation". This is Elvis' 17th UK #1 moving him past the Beatles for the most ever.
In other news, Disney's Lilo and Stitch
features an Elvis imitating alien.
All this is in advance of the 25th Anniversary of the King's Passing, which will be commemorated with an RCA album "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits"
, which is to include all #30 of Elvis' hits internationally.
The King Truly Lives!
posted by wsfinkel
on Jun 19, 2002 -
More Elvis Goodness
from Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi, who recently released a CD of his favorite Elvis tunes. What's next, a collection of Dubya's favorite Garth Brooks tracks?
posted by dogmatic
on Aug 23, 2001 -
Buckley (Heart) Elvis?
No, it's not a liberal v. conservative thing. Writing an Elvis
book just does not fit the William F. Buckley image. Ontime spy novelist. Erudite PBS show host. Shows up in places like House Beautiful, waxing witty about homes and home decor, with references to the Metropolitan Opera and such. I too love the Big E, but this
is baffling and hilarious. He apparently discusses his E fixation in the upcoming (and usually outstanding) Southern Music Issue of the Oxford American
. Thoughts? Is the new American literary dream to retire and write an Elvis book, as opposed to the Great American Novel?
posted by raysmj
on Jul 16, 2001 -
Only in Las Vegas...
If you're considering an elopement to Las Vegas, but don't want the friends and family to miss out, the Little White Chapel on the Strip
now offers live streaming and on-demand replays of those touching moments when the Elvis impersonator goes into "Falling In Love With You". This is what the net was meant for.
posted by holgate
on May 14, 2001 -
Happy Elvis Day!
The Oregon Legislature considers a bill to make January 8 Elvis day. Considering Portland is the home of the 24-Hour Church of Elvis and a beloved (and weird) street performer named Elvis, this is somewhat fitting.
posted by frykitty
on Mar 6, 2001 -