Happy 75th Birthday, Elvis, Wherever You Are
Remember that scene from Pulp Fiction where Mia Wallace explains to Vince Vega that there are two kinds of people in this world - Elvis people and Beatles people? Well, Rocks Off is an Elvis person. We're not a fanatic or anything, but we have been to Graceland, have a huge hole in our heart for the entire city of Memphis and, if forced to choose, would most definitely pick The King over the Fab Four any day. The King turns 75 today, and Rocks Off hopes he's enjoying his birthday in the warmth of his Aspen cabin , possibly popping a quaalude and relaxing by the fire. Rocks Off is celebrating by watching Elvis: That's The Way It Is , the best concert film ever made. (Keep your eyes peeled for Cary Grant!) You can celebrate with us by fixing yourself a peanut butter-bacon-banana sandwich and watching our some of our favorite Elvis videos below. "Crawfish"
It's crawfish season, and what better way to build up a craving that with this clip for Elvis' last black-and-white movie, Kid Creole . Elvis felt his role, as a teenager who is forced to drop out of school to care for his father, was the best of his acting career, and much like the film was his first departure from cheesy roles like that in Blue Hawaii , this song marked a change for him too. The haunting wail, the beat - it's so not Elvis, and yet it is. "The Lady Loves Me"
Let's face it, the hottest person in Viva Las Vegas is not Elvis, it's Ann-Margret. Dig the gratuitous ass shot around 2:09. Also, the dancing is boss. This is Rocks Off's favorite Elvis movie. Who the hell knows what it's about? Some kind of car race? It has the best dance sequences of his career. "The Climb"
See? We know it's not an Elvis song, but it's an Elvis dance. Why don't we have parties like this nowadays? Also, they're dancing on a giant roulette wheel FFS! "A Little Less Conversation"
It's amazing how little the remix actually changed of this song. Elvis is pretty suave here, considering he's basically telling Michele Carey to STFU. "Jailhouse Rock"
The essence of cool.
The Worst Elvis Impersonator Ever
Elvis' cultural reach has been far and wide. He's probably the most impersonated celebrity of all time, and with good reason, because Elvis broke the mold. There never was and never will be any like him. But that doesn't keep this guy from trying. Johnny Cash does Elvis
Cash and Elvis were buddies, and recorded at the same time for Sun Records. His impersonation of the King is dead-on, if a little mean-spirited. Elvis is Delirious
Remember back when Eddie Murphy was funny and dirty? It seems like Murphy took some fashion cues from Elvis too. Japanese Elvii
There is a whole subsection of YouTube dedicated to videos of Harajuki rockabilly dudes dancing. The Japanese love Elvis. Who doesn't? The Southern Backtones host a tribute to Elvis 8 p.m. tonight at AvantGarden, 832-519-1429 or www.avantgardenhouston.com.
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