Sunday, August 13, 2006

Suspicious Burning Fear - Elvis R.I.P

"We Have Nothing To Fear ... But Fear Itself "- FDR

Not currently big fans of FDR, the Federal Govt.'s Homeland Security Dept. seems pretty pleased with itself this week.

Their biggest offering to us this week goes beyond a mere color coded warning, but has expanded to include millions of travellers being slowed to a crawl, crushing business & tourism revenues. I like the part about all law abiding travellers waiting hours upon additional hours as if they are all terrorism suspects, and each being forced to throw out any & all liquids ranging from shampoo to cups of tea to expensive bottles of wine.

I can just hear the TSA brainstorming session now...

Hey Aside From Bringing All Sorts Of Dangerous Automatic Weaponry Into This Formerly Functioning Airport, What's Another Absolutely Brilliant & Stunningly Effective Response To An Alleged Conspiracy, In Which A Couple Dozen Folks Are Being Held Thousands Of Miles Away On The Other Side Of The Planet?

Yo! Why Not Take Some Midwestern Kids Soda Pop, And His Mom's Latte And Then Make 'Em Sweat Out Catching Their Connecting Flight Home? Plus As A Bonus, This Will Give Lazy Cops Overtime, Cost Many Struggling Airlines Millions They Don't Have & Tax Our Already Overstressed Air Traffic Control System !!!"

I guess when the local right wing media conglomerate owned paper feels compelled to run a lead with a vague headline like "plan...was possibly days away" the propaganda machine is truly the only thing allowed to move fast enough to function.

Hypothetical TSA Announcement Over Airport PA:
Hey, We're The narc dudes from yer highschool that are now fat & bald and running sh*t in this transit hub, and controlling all movement from here on out in the most powerful nation of chicken little sh*ts on earth. Anyhow, what that means is get in line, cuz we are taking yer sodas & soaps. So F*ck yer family or airline's financial probs, the economy can just die like an Iraqi schoolkid for all we care, cuz we've got a job & that job is creating fear of bottled water, perfume, deodorant & orange juice. And take off yer shoes, cuz we'd like to see some f*ckin old people feet right about now gramma! take 'em off!

In one tale of paranoia out of control a transatlantic jet was turned around back to the UK when a single cellphone was found on board without an owner. Osama & his bearded buddies in caves must just crack up & laugh at the western world neurotically halting it's own activities.

So with air travel not only expensive, but extra time consuming and annoying, driving to LA from Oakland is now a quicker option than flying! My friend reports that it took 5 hours to clear security for a 1 hour flight on Friday.

So, I spent a good portion of today hitting online mapping & news sites trying to navigate my girlfriend's car around a brushfire that's clogging up the only Hwy from the north into L.A.

The state has a warning system of signs that say "Fire Ahead - Road Closed - Take Alternate Routes" and are basically just making people paranoid, and offering no info on these routes whatsoever...

I figure the reports are so vague , that only the Dept. of Homeland Security could have thought up these non time stamped warnings.

I found out that a couple backroads could get ya into LA with an hour or two detour & delay, but no where on any Cali State or local govt website is this made clear. Checking in with news media, a 15 minute process of registering as a reader of a Bakersfield newspaper finally made me privy to some routing info other than some cryptic snippets of basically worthless info.

Your Tax Pesos At Work...

Elvis Presley - Burning Love

Just noticed we're coming up on the 29th or so anniversary of the death of one of my fave American's Elvis Presley...

The once lucky lad, born in poverty in Tupelo Miss, would amazingly arise to the top of the showbiz ladder, but still, despite the trappings of wealth & fame, not seem so lucky some 42 years later upon his death...

Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel w/ 1958 interview intro

Once a skinny sexy sensation in bluejeans, his bloated corpse lies as a reminder to all against fried peanut butter & banana sandwiches, too many pills and rhinestone studded white jumpsuits. Not seven full years after collecting this honorary undercover secret drug agent badge, the singing fatboy was found dead of an OD on the toilet August 16th 1977...

Ironically, according to the National Archives, his hookup with Nixon all started with a lonely letter circa Xmess 1970 scratched out on some American Airlines stationary...

Maybe while waiting for his bottled water to be dumped out, perhaps Elvis just decided he wanted to handle things differently. He wanted power, even a badge dammit, and one straight from tricky Dick himself.

Dear Mr. President.

First, I would like to introduce myself. I am Elvis Presley and admire you and have great respect for your office. I talked to Vice President Agnew in Palm Springs three weeks ago and expressed my concern for our country. The drug culture, the hippie elements, the SDS, Black Panthers, etc. do NOT consider me as their enemy or as they call it The Establishment. I call it America and I love it. Sir, I can and will be of any service that I can to help The Country out. I have no concern or Motives other than helping the country out.

Elvis Presley's letter continues . . .

Here Nixon's staff summarized the momentous meeting of the two great wartime leaders.

Man if only Bush's staff could book a diplomacy duet like Nixon & Elvis, I bet Lebanon & Israel would be fighting China over who would be giving us a handjob under the negotiating table...

Here's a version of one of my fave same period Elvis tunes from My Morning Jacket, recorded on the 25th anniversary of his death in 2002 at the old WUST Radio Hall in Washington D.C ( now known as the 9:30).

My Morning Jacket ( live at 9:30 D.C 8/16/2002)- Suspicious Minds

The original song was recorded at his so called "comeback sessions" with Stax veteran Chips Moman at American Sound Studios in Memphis Tennessee circa January of 1969. Moman's work was all over the top 40, hot off working with The Boxtops, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and lots of others at the time. It was suggested b Marty Lacker that Elvis head on down to the little studio and work with some soulful local boys who were solid studio pros, and get away from his recent over orchestrated Nashville arrangements that were anything but hip in the late 60's.

The King was coming off a stretch of bad mid 60's movies, and had recently reinvigorated interest in his sagging career with his '68 comeback TV special on NBC. He appeared loose & in a good mood, fit and sweaty in a black leather get up, jamming with actual musicians instead of lip synching his material like in his films.

Elvis Presley - '68 Comeback Special Medley (Lawdy Miss Clawdy,Baby What You Want Me To Do, Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, All Shook Up)

The time was ripe for him to change gears, and against the advice of his management and handlers, he was willing to give Chips Moman a shot.

Between 1965 & 1970 Moman's studio players (including Tommy Cogbill, Bobby Emmons and Reggie Young) had placed over 125 records on the charts. Elvis hadn't recorded in his own home town since 1955, and hadn't had a top 5 hit since 1965, when Moman had barely opened his studio after leaving Stax.
With some flustered urging by hisMemphis Mafia lackey Lacker, Elvis decided to squeeze in a session at the last minute. Moman, after recording Roy Hamilton by day, bumped a Neil Diamond session for Presley.

Presley & Moman

Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds

The song was written by Mark James, who had previously cut it himself on Scepter with the same backing band with no luck. After Elvis took his song up the cahrts, James would later have another major hit composistion, "Hooked on a Feeling," which was huge for B.J. Thomas and Blue Swede.

At American Studios over those few nights, with a hot band and even hotter tunes, Presley's carreer got back on course. It took him at least 8 takes to get Suspicious Minds down, 13 for "Only The Strong Survive" and 20 for "In The Ghetto". The King spent at least 6 hours working on "Kentucky Rain", a song that proved to be one of his last big hits when finally released in 1970, going to #16 on the charts and remaining in the Hot 100 for 9 weeks.

At one point in the late night sessions, slick A&R reps for RCA & The Colonel 's spies came in to try to muscle the rights to songs Moman had brought to the sessions. These included Mac Davis' "In The Ghetto" and of course "Suspicious Minds". Moman reportedly spat out to the industry shysters "Gentlemen, I thought we were here to cut some hit records. Now if that's not the case, let me tell you what you can do. You can take your fucking tapes, and you and your whole group can get the hell out of here. Don't ask me for something that belongs to me. I'm not going to give it to you. "

The rest is history, unfortunately, Col. Parker never let Elvis venture off to the studio alone again, and his huge potential just became a huge ass headed for the nostalgia circit.

Fine Young Cannibals - Suspicious Minds (30 sec excerpt)

The British group Fine Young Cannibals, had a hit with Suspicious Minds again in the late 80's, and here's weirdo geeky tripped out version by Little Punktronica

Little Punktronica - Suspicious Minds

I'm lately most partial to a version produced by Pete Anderson for Dwight Yoakam in the later half of the 90's for the soundtrack of Honeymoon in Vegas. I just love the chiming guitar sound and have had this on repeat many times over the last few years.

Dwight Yoakam - Suspicious Minds

here's Dwight Yoakam's upcoming tourstops and a recent video clip from his new album on New West Records. (Note Dwight's tour starts on the same day Elvis died... frickin eerie mannnnnnggggg !!!!)

Dwight Yoakam - Blame The Vain

Aug 16 - Dwight Yoakam - Aspen, CO
Aug 17 - Dwight Yoakam - Denver, CO
Aug 18 - Dwight Yoakam - Fort Collins, CO
Aug 22 - Dwight Yoakam - Louisville, KY
Aug 24 - Dwight Yoakam - Madisonville, KY
Aug 25 - Dwight Yoakam - Windsor, ON
Aug 26 - Dwight Yoakam - Kettering, OH
Aug 29 - Dwight Yoakam - Prestonsburg, KY
Aug 30 - Dwight Yoakam - Chicago, IL
Aug 31 - Dwight Yoakam - Apple Valley, MN
Sep 1 - Dwight Yoakam - Council Bluffs, IA
Sep 3 - Dwight Yoakam - Walker, MN
Sep 7 - Dwight Yoakam - Anaheim, CA
Sep 8 - Dwight Yoakam - Santa Ynez, CA
Sep 9 - Dwight Yoakam - Lancaster, CA
Sep 12 - Dwight Yoakam - Santa Fe, NM
Sep 14 - Dwight Yoakam - Alpine, CA
Sep 15 - Dwight Yoakam - Reno, NV
Sep 16 - Dwight Yoakam - Prescott, AZ
Sep 17 - Dwight Yoakam - Phoenix, AZ
Sep 20 - Dwight Yoakam - Handford, CA
Sep 21 - DWight Yoakam - Red Bluff, CA
Sep 22 - Dwight Yoakam - North Bend, OR
Sep 23 - Dwight Yoakam - Tacoma, WA
Sep 28 - Dwight Yoakam - St. Johns, NF
Sep 30 - Dwight Yoakam - Halifax, NS
Oct 2 - Dwight Yoakam - Kitchener, ON
Oct 3 - Dwight Yoakam - London, On
Oct 5 - Dwight Yoakam - Toronto, ON
Oct 6 - Dwight Yoakam - Ottawa, ON
Oct 7 - Dwight Yoakam - Clarkston, MI
Oct 8 - Dwight Yoakam - Verona, NY
Oct 12 - Dwight Yoakam - New York, NY
Oct 14 - Dwight Yoakam - Goldsby, OK
Oct 15 - Dwight Yoakam - Houstin, TX
Oct 19 - Dwight Yoakam - Austin, TX
Oct 20 - Dwight Yoakam - San Antonio, TX
Oct 27 - Dwight Yoakam - Melbourne, AU
Oct 29 - Dwight Yoakam - Wollongong, AU
Oct 31 - Dwight Yoakam - Sydney, AU
Nov 4 - Dwight yoakam - Newcastle, AU
Nov 5 - Dwight yoakam - Tamsworth, AU
Nov 6 - Dwight Yoakam - Toowoomba, AU
Nov 8 - Dwight Yoakam - Rockhampton, AU
Nov 11 - Dwight Yoakam - Townsville, AU
Nov 12 - Dwight Yoakam - Cairns, AU
Nov 16 - Dwight Yoakam - Honolulu, HI
Nov 18 - Dwight Yoakam - Waikoloa, HI

hey yer still here?

Check out the throngsof reporters trying to catch a picture of Boy George sweeping the streets in the Lower East Side on hs community service stint...

The Boy swept dust into video camera lenses... you go girl...

here's a relevant Mr. David Bowie song from a new tribute EP

Mr. Russia - Boys Keep Swinging (Bowie cover, 192kbps)

.2 Contamination - A Tribute To David Bowie

.2 Contamination - A Tribute To David Bowie

Various Artists
Lens Records

1 comment:

Merlin said...

Love your eclectic music choices. Always reading your blogs. Keep up the good work.