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 rockpalace
Joined: 7/24/2007
Msg: 11
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elvis costello is still alive
 Montreal_Guy
Joined: 3/8/2004
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Posted: 8/4/2007 9:44:15 PM
I liked him in that "Sun Session" period. He wasn't the best rock and roller, but (with that amazing group of musicians behind him at the time) , he made rock and roll "cool" to millions. For that alone, he deserves a lot of credit.

After that period, he did become a cartoon, in so many ways.

The strange thing about Elvis, and the province of Quebec, is that he became incredibly popular here. When I was working at my first job, there was a guy that only spoke french that worked with me. Didn't know one word of english to save his life.

However, he could do a perfect Elvis impression (no accent whatsoever).

We have an Elvis impersonator here, Martin Fontaine, who sells out shows for weeks at a time.

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He'll sell every ticket out, as he has every time he's played.

Elvis impersonators (for some strange reason) are a major industry here, like our strip clubs.

In fact, one hilarious film (Elvis Graton) made light of that fact. He's a middle aged Elvis impersonator , who's watching TV one night ( an Elvis competition) and hears that an "Elvis Wong" is featured. He goes into this rant on how "foreigners" are stealing our jobs.


Here's a clip from the same film :

http://tinyurl.com/ys7o55

Written by a separatist , it was done to make fun of how provincial Quebecer's were. The great irony is that that film, and character, became one of our most loved comedy bits. Even die hard nationalists are ROFL over that one.
 playmates
Joined: 7/19/2007
Msg: 13
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Posted: 8/6/2007 4:46:28 AM
I think Elvis was a song thief. He stole songs from Little Richard. I hate thieves, especially the ones who can't be creative enough to make their own music. It takes stealing someone else's music to become successful.
 playmates
Joined: 7/19/2007
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Posted: 8/6/2007 4:54:09 AM
Elvis, the song thief.
 blonde chickie
Joined: 11/3/2005
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Posted: 8/6/2007 6:04:00 PM
I luv the king !!

In fact I will be in Graceland for Elvis week this year
 Strange Days
Joined: 10/18/2005
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Posted: 8/9/2007 9:17:07 AM
I have huge respect for the King. Elvis had a voice, and a talent that is seldom matched. Scotty Moore is also very important in the history of rock and roll guitar. He had some real tasty parts.
 GuitarGuy_
Joined: 3/15/2007
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Posted: 8/10/2007 10:35:46 AM
Elvis manned up and went into the army for his country, unlike that pu$$y Ali.
 DJMac
Joined: 5/13/2006
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Posted: 8/15/2007 2:13:09 PM
One thing I would like to clear up about Presley is how he has been falsy accused of being a racist. Lets look at the facts:

Presley grew up in Memphis in a racaially mixed neighborhood, he hung out on Beale Street and listend to R&B and blues, and I have seen pics of the king with Little Richard, Junior Parker and Bobby Bland. For years The Sweet Inspirations were his back up singers on his records and on tours and in the film Thats The Way It Is there is a scene where they are all having a conversation together. Elvis long admired Sammy Davis Jr, and Jackie Wilson. Also the King would watch the film The TAMI Show over and over again just to watch James Brown's stunning performance(and wanted to meet him afterwards.)


Yeah that sounds like a racist to me.
 JustKelly70
Joined: 2/9/2007
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Posted: 8/19/2007 6:21:03 PM
Sorry If I missed something here, I usually read the 1st and last page,
Elvis was the king, no doubt in my mind, Jerry lee, Ummmm, he was good, but he played the frigin piano... Sun records signed up alot of big stars, My fav is Johnny Cash, Both are gone, As George Jones would say, Who's gonna fill their shoe's, IMO,
Knowone. Artists will come and go, But knowone will make as big of an impact as Elvis and the other Break though artists did.
 Montreal_Guy
Joined: 3/8/2004
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Posted: 8/21/2007 6:01:22 AM

Is there really any difference between Elvis, the manufactured pretty boy born in Tupelo to say.... Boyzone? the manufactured pretty boys from Ireland?


If you look at the times (when he first started) , and the reaction he got, there certainly is.

At that time (in a relative sense) , he was less Boyzone....and more like the Sex Pistols. We sometimes forget how different that time was.

"H-E-double hockey sticks Look at him shake those HIPS ! The SCREAMS !

(QUICK.....raise the camera up higher, WE CAN'T CORRUPT AMERICA !!!! " )

There were certainly wilder people out there (paging Little Richard....) , but no one had been seen at a national level that could do what Elvis did. Without him, Lennon would never have written a song.... He made it ....cool.

Frank Sinatra and the bobby soxers were nothing compared to this new hoodlum with that "jungle beat".
 Thatguy67
Joined: 9/20/2006
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Posted: 11/19/2008 7:47:21 PM
it's also true that JL took the piss outa Elvis on "Starting Over".


It was Lennon's acknowledgement of his 1950s musical roots.

I think Freddie Mercury did a better "Elvis" on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."

 INWITHTHENEW
Joined: 10/14/2008
Msg: 22
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Posted: 11/30/2008 7:13:26 PM
I think Elvis was over-rated

what did I learn from Elvis? Oh, that he said this.....

'The only thing Negroes can do for me is shine my shoes and buy my records"
 catkin2007
Joined: 12/18/2007
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Posted: 12/9/2008 3:01:55 PM
He was a nice man. I got to meet him a couple of times growing up. My uncle worked for RCA and he was huge then. Some of my favorite memories of meeting him were the fact he was always "nice" to everyone.

One thing I will never forget was my 13th birthday when I got to go to Aloha from Hawaii. One hell of a concert.
 rickxyz
Joined: 1/27/2009
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Posted: 2/18/2009 11:20:05 AM
I thought Elvis was cool...dying young is great for PR and record sales...
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