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PIGSHIT: Kurt Russell was “Elvis” … First

Nowadays, it seems anyone and everyone with easy access to velcro sideburns and a karaoke machine are busy making livings (of a sort) out of playing at Elvis Aaron Presley.

After all, Mojo Nixon was right:  Elvis Is Everywhere.

But retrospective credit is definitely due director John Carpenter and Dick Clark Productions for getting there fastest, and first:  even before the autopsy was cold, they were readying their “Elvis” for his home screen resurrection during prime time, February of 1979.

The vehicle? An ambitious, yet quite reverent (especially in view of subsequent bio-pics) made-for-TV motion picture starring Kurt Russell in that title role of a lifetime. And to watch this particular Elvis again today, newly available March 2 from the fine folk over at Shout! Factory, is to be reminded just how larger-than-life The King had already become as the Seventies ended and the deification was only about to begin.

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PIGSHIT by Gary Pig Gold – “THANK YOU MASKED MAN”: THE WACKY LIFE, AND GRIZZLY POSSIBLE DEATH ELEVEN YEARS AGO, OF JIMMY ELLIS (aka ORION ECKLEY DARNELL)

OrionPigshitPicFirst there was Elvis. Amen! Then there was Ricky Nelson and Johnny Halliday. Perhaps even Conrad Birdie.

Of course P. J. Proby could often sing “movie Presley” – and much later surely do “Vegas Elvis” – better than the true specimen, Terry Stafford hit U.S. Number 3 with an o.k. “Suspicion” mind during the very height of Britishmania (personally, I much prefer the 1970 Viv Stanshall / Keith Moon interpretation), and who can even forget Ral This Is Elvis (sorta) Donner and possibly even the Dick Clark-approved Ronnie McDowell? There was a real cool guy in Toronto called Subway Elvis too, but he was always getting thrown in jail.

Then the real thing up and died circa 8/16/77, leaving the field extremely wide open indeed for any man, woman or child with access to an empty church hall and/or pair of Velcro sideburns with which to pillage ‘n’ plunder the once and forever King’s ample musico-theatrical booty. You surely know who these thousands upon literal thousands of people were, and are. In fact, you may even actually be one yourself! Well, my jumpsuit is off to you in that case …particularly if you operate under the name of El Vez or especially Janice K.

Without a doubt though, the real-gone rockin’ boppin’ daddy-o of all such, uhh, “impersonators” was the one, the only Jimmy Ellis of Orrville, Alabama.

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Pigshit by Gary Pig Gold: TEN REASONS WHY ELVIS PRESLEY IS STILL THE KING

ELVISforRnRReport1. HE HAS AN UNPRECEDENTED 161 ALBUMS STILL IN PRINT… ALL COMPRISED OF THE SAME 47 SONGS.

2. AN AVERAGE OF 512 PEOPLE HAVE VISITED GRACELAND DAILY SINCE 1977… A 400% INCREASE OVER THE NUMBER WHO VISITED ELVIS’ HOME WHILE HE WAS STILL ALIVE.

3. “ELVIS” SPELT SIDEWAYS IS “LEVIS.”

4. COOL PEOPLE LIKE ROY LONEY, CHRIS HOUSTON, AND THE HILLBILLY PECKERS STILL SING ABOUT ELVIS.

5. COOL PEOPLE LIKE JAMES RICHARD OLIVER, EL VEZ, AND MARTIN & THE E-CHORDS STILL SING LIKE ELVIS.