Sunday, August 15

The King Is 69!

In honour of His birthday tomorrow, this from a recent article on R & R excess:

Celebrity biographer David Brett collected some suitably salacious tales while researching his book, Elvis: The Hollywood Years. "Elvis apparently liked 'small-breasted virgins', " he says, "and developed a thing for watching lesbians in snowy white knickers having sex through the two-way mirror in his bedroom. Apparently, as he watched, in one hand he'd be holding a burger, or perhaps a bucket of giblets... "
Furthermore, in Stanley Booth's book Rhythm Oil some confidantes within the Presley circle recount how Elvis walked in on one of their card ganes to announce mock-sheepishly that He'd "just eaten my first pussy". When they asked Him who the lucky girl was He replied, "Natalie Wood."

And a little mindfuck for a lazy rainy afternoon is to work out which songs EP would have covered over the years had he lived. I limit it to "new" songs i.e. ones written since His departure, and if I may indulge in a fantasy I suggest these are the dozen or so songs that would have crept into his various set-lists as he hogged London for a week in these years:

1984:
  • Born In The USA (well, let's face it: just about any song off the entire album)
  • I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
  • The Joker
  • Save A Prayer
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Watching The Wheels
  • Start Me Up
  • Ghosts
  • Redemption Song
  • If You Leave Me Now
  • Careless Whisper
  • Pride
1994:
  • One
  • Everybody Hurts
  • Philadelphia (Springsteen)
  • Tears In Heaven
  • Everything I Do... (O yes he would!)
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth
  • Enter Sandman
  • Rock & Roll Star
  • Like A Prayer
  • Hallelujah
  • Sweet Child O' Mine
  • Nobody's Baby Now (yes! Elvis sings Sir Nick of Cave)
2004:
  • Baby One More Time
  • Crazy In Love
  • Hey Ya
  • Angels (yuck yuck yuck, but unavoidable)
  • Beautiful Day
  • Seven Nation Army
  • Hurt
  • Get Ur Freak On
  • Toxic
  • Family Affair
  • New York, New York (Ryan Adams)
  • Wise Up

Off the top of my head stuff, I confess (what's new, baby?), and what bugs me is that there's so many 'religious' songs there. God damn America. And, of course, two old favourites would have resurfaced: I Will Always Love You and Candle In The Wind.

One time I'll relate how I left Paris just 48 hours before she bought her ticket; cheap, snarky, childish and cruel that it is, I like to think that my presence had a little something to do with it. Just those bad vibes, maaan. My work was done.

posted by DD @ 12:40 

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