Saturday, September 02, 2006

Number 840 - Elvis Presley

Number 840

Elvis Presley

"Blue Suede Shoes"


Genre:Rock & Roll
Elvis Sucked*!
Well, no he actually didn't, but now that i have your attention i am going to define why Elvis changed the way music is to this day.
All the experts will tell you its because of the way he "moved" on stage or TV. What if i said to you it was a combination of only just a handful of reasons why.
  • He could sing
  • He was at the right place at the right time in history
  • He was the James Dean with a mic
  • He was the opposite to the Authority (Politicians, laws, Sinatra and most of all.. your parents hated him)
  • If you were female you wanted to be in bed with him. If you were male, you wanted to be him (and probably to bed him too)
  • And here's the big one..... the guitaring in his music was groundbreaking, it defined him and his "move" and created "the" Genre that was so unique in 1955. The guitaring (& overall sound) combined with his good looks and black voice was the most important ingredient ever musically to happen in the Twentieth Century.
*The only thing that really sucked, was his unnecessary death. If he was alive today he would have been the elder statesman of the music scene and revered as the alltime great that he was meant to be rather than just a "pop icon"of a slowly fading time in history.Now that sucks.
What does RS think of the King?
Simply put, Elvis Presley was the first real rock & roll star. A white Southerner singing blues laced with country, and country laced with gospel, he brought together American music from both sides of the color line and performed it with a natural hip-swiveling sexuality that made him a teen idol and a role model for generations of cool rebels. He was repeatedly dismissed as vulgar, incompetent, and a bad influence, but the force of his music and his image was no mere merchandising feat. Presley signaled to mainstream culture that it was time to let go. Four decades after his death, Presley’s image and influence remain undiminished. While certainly other artists preceded him and he by no means “invented” rock & roll, he is indisputably its king. ~ [Source: Rolling Stone]
For more Elvis see Number 501, #443
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number 423 and the Album ranked at
Number 55
This song has a crowbarred rating of 61.9 out of 108

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Blogger Unknown said...

Elvis Presley is THE most over-rated performer of all time. How you can have The Clash's "Rock the Casbah" at 999 but this load of rubbish some 500+ places higher beggars belief. The Carl Perkins version is a million times better for a start!

The fact that Presley played what was essentially black man's music without ever recognising the genius of those who went before him just underlines what a typically redneck racist he was. He deserves no place in such a list as yours

9:00 am  
Blogger crowbarred said...

I dont see Elvis as being over-rated, more like over-stated.
Plus, millions of people will probably disagree with you about the "King" and where the placings are related to The Clash.
I dont know if Elvis was a redneck or not and i dont know if I care. Elvis lived in a different time period, but i dont believe he was racist. maybe somebody would like to shed some light here.

10:32 am  

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