POLLS! POLLS! POLLS! The Elvis Presley voting and discussion thread (deadline July 5 2018)

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Some guidelines:
- song poll : 50 songs per ballot
- movie poll : 5 movies
- ballots due 27 June by end of day Hawaii time

Probably I am missing things, if there are other fun subpolls go ahead and suggest them. I will try to do the rollout promptly on 28-30 June as I will be following the King to Germany the next day and won't be able to be online much for a few weeks thereafter.

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 16 June 2018 14:49 (three months ago) Permalink

I don't know how accurate this is, but https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_recorded_by_Elvis_Presley

Brad C., Saturday, 16 June 2018 14:59 (three months ago) Permalink

where do we send the ballots?

gospodin simmel, Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:05 (three months ago) Permalink

or this isn't the voting thread yet?

gospodin simmel, Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:05 (three months ago) Permalink

haha right! no this is the thread. send them to : ilmelvisp✧✧✧@gm✧✧✧.c✧✧

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:10 (three months ago) Permalink

i l m e l v i s p o l l @ g m a i l . c o m

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:11 (three months ago) Permalink

everyone pls consider voting for good time charlie’s got the blues

http://youtu.be/eN0hpyoSYsc

sciatica, Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:33 (three months ago) Permalink

Will do, thanks for reminding.

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:48 (three months ago) Permalink

This is going to be more fun than a clambake. Thanks for running this.

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:06 (three months ago) Permalink

i have no business voting in this, but i'm really looking forward to the rollout. would love to learn some more about the king

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:07 (three months ago) Permalink

I don't really have any business running this! I starting listening to Elvis in the early 90s because I thought """"he was the original punk"""" and then a bit later I was like "Viva Las Vegas" is the best song ever & it was all that 90s irony where your tongue starts in cheek and then by the end you actually love it.

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:18 (three months ago) Permalink

do they still play "An American Trilogy" during the laser show at Stone Mountain? dang, that was a moment where I felt genuine "southern pride" despite being a carpetbagger & a latino who the yee-hawers would probably have loved to lynch. but Elvis bellows while Lee rides off at Appomattox and I'm in tears, yee-hawing too.

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:21 (three months ago) Permalink

ILM Artist Poll #90 has started. Looking forward to the results

Bee OK, Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:35 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh man, this is going to be a blast. Hope there's lots of love for tracks like Spinout
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpPP75GVE8k

Ρεμπετολογια, Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:49 (three months ago) Permalink

yay!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 16 June 2018 18:10 (three months ago) Permalink

I got the Amazing Grace compilation in college (same day I first heard Aretha’s, coincidentally), and the ‘70s tracks in particular floored me. In addition to fronting one of the best bands of the ‘70s, his voice was at it’s absolute peak.

Lobbying hard for the songs on He Touched Me, especially this take on Andraé Crouch’s “I’ve Got Confidence”:

https://youtu.be/gE36usoGCF4

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 16 June 2018 19:01 (three months ago) Permalink

Can Tomorrow Is A Long Time still be considered a Sway? It's kind of famous now. (for those unfamiliar, that's a relatively obscure track that places unusually high, named after the Rolling Stones poll where Sway finished 4.)

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 16 June 2018 19:13 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-VSn-NHK2Q

Brad C., Saturday, 16 June 2018 22:43 (three months ago) Permalink

See you all at the end of day June 27, Blue Hawaii Time

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 June 2018 00:11 (three months ago) Permalink

Tomorrow Is A Long Time belongs to Rod Stewart

gospodin simmel, Sunday, 17 June 2018 14:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Is a ballot with less than 50 tracks ok?

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Sunday, 17 June 2018 15:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Alternately: Is there a *minimum* requirement for submitting a ballot?

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Sunday, 17 June 2018 16:02 (three months ago) Permalink

No minimum

droit au butt (Euler), Sunday, 17 June 2018 16:22 (three months ago) Permalink

Awesome!

Keep posting those lesser-knowns, folks. My knowledge is limited to the hits.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Sunday, 17 June 2018 16:44 (three months ago) Permalink

His cover of You Gave Me A Mountain is some all-time peak 70’s elvis imo. It’s a crushingly beautiful song as it is from Marty Robbins, but Elvis takes it to the summit

This one from Vegas Jan 26 1972 is my fave (the whole show is great)

https://youtu.be/wp8bsrEbBJI

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 17 June 2018 21:09 (three months ago) Permalink

Never quite knew what he was singing on that one including the title, thanks!

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 June 2018 22:10 (three months ago) Permalink

seriously? lol

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 17 June 2018 22:28 (three months ago) Permalink

I probably figured out the lyric at one point, tbh, but I never bothered to learn that it was the title and who wrote the song.

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 June 2018 22:40 (three months ago) Permalink

the original marty robbins version is quite lovely, worth a listen imo

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 17 June 2018 23:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Keep posting those lesser-knowns, folks.

One of the very best lesser-known Elvis songs, from the late 60s Memphis sessions. This could be my single favorite Elvis vocal perormance and is a lock for my top 5.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw16NrqR_jk

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 17 June 2018 23:59 (three months ago) Permalink

oh god YES
top 5 for me also <3 for life

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 18 June 2018 00:02 (three months ago) Permalink

This will be high on my ballot, I love every version of this song I’ve heard but Elvis’ is prob my favorite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjH06bEZDZs

sciatica, Monday, 18 June 2018 00:27 (three months ago) Permalink

His cover of You Gave Me A Mountain is some all-time peak 70’s elvis imo. It’s a crushingly beautiful song as it is from Marty Robbins, but Elvis takes it to the summit

This one from Vegas Jan 26 1972 is my fave (the whole show is great)

https://youtu.be/wp8bsrEbBJI🕸


This is beautiful. Will probably make my ballot.

When watching the recent Elvis doc, I was reminded of how powerful the octave change is in this song — his voice was never better than in the ‘70s, and he knew exactly how to exploit every nuance:

https://youtu.be/mdYYcMH4dmw

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 18 June 2018 02:15 (three months ago) Permalink

Never Been To Spain is so bomb.

His gospel music is my other new love as an adult. Mum used to clean the house to it when I was a kid & I thought it was so uncool but now it just sounds like true devotion to me.

All his gospel stuff is great but when he grew into his voice it was a whole new level

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 18 June 2018 02:21 (three months ago) Permalink

I’ve never listened to any of Elvis’s gospel stuff. Maybe I shoul, but I’ll wait till after I’ve turned in my ballot.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 18 June 2018 02:35 (three months ago) Permalink

i recommend everyone give it a shot before voting in the poll

to me gospel is where he is at his most authentic, vocally

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 18 June 2018 02:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Step in these arms is my fav Elvis

sunburst N snowblind (Ross), Monday, 18 June 2018 04:59 (three months ago) Permalink

do they still play "An American Trilogy" during the laser show at Stone Mountain? dang, that was a moment where I felt genuine "southern pride" despite being a carpetbagger & a latino who the yee-hawers would probably have loved to lynch. but Elvis bellows while Lee rides off at Appomattox and I'm in tears, yee-hawing too.

― droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, June 16, 2018 1:21 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i went tonight and yes they played the song. it was so nice to hear Elvis singing out in a big open lawn like that. for visuals they had a civil war section with lots of empty landscapes & explosions and zero rebel flags. during the song's triumphant ending they used animation to have the laser confederate generals on the mountain come to life and then break their swords. it was very surreal.

before this they had a bunch of Georgia songs: "Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles, "I Feel Good" by James Brown, "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard, etc. the displays included portraits of the artists so at some point there was a 50 foot laser Little Richard on the side of the mountain.

when they played "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis, they had fireballs cued up. "Devil Went Down to Georgia" was the highlight of the show & the one laser show/song combo you need to see. we left soon after (& before the ridiculously slow national anthem).

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 18 June 2018 05:08 (three months ago) Permalink

thanks Adam, it sounds like it's the same as it was back in the day

droit au butt (Euler), Monday, 18 June 2018 09:42 (three months ago) Permalink

some Elvis songs i'll be voting for. "Only the Strong Survive":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpqh_s0kLZQ

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 18 June 2018 16:38 (three months ago) Permalink

Burning Love

Lord Almighty,
I feel my temperature rising
Higher higher
It's burning through to my soul
Girl, girl, girl
You gonna set me on fire
My brain is flaming
I don't know which way to go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sBJkL3SEDg

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 18 June 2018 16:40 (three months ago) Permalink

(You're the) Devil in Disguise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyK_GbGuxyA

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 18 June 2018 16:40 (three months ago) Permalink

Aloha Oe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeLXcHWxjkQ

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 18 June 2018 16:43 (three months ago) Permalink

If I manage to put together what feels like a substantial ballot to me, “Burning Up” will definitely be on it. From my limited received knowledge about Elvis, I’ve always gotten the feeling that it was one of the songs that his more rockist fans loathed.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Monday, 18 June 2018 17:21 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jTbfvsqXZQ

I keep coming back to this one, a nice rocking make-over of a Bob Wills tune.

I've got my ballot down to about 133 tracks now and it's surprising how many of them are songs associated with other artists.

Brad C., Monday, 18 June 2018 17:25 (three months ago) Permalink

(xpost)

And by “Burning Up,” of course I mean “Burning Love”

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Monday, 18 June 2018 17:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Beyond The Reef

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OgyRSq5w4g

deep Hawaiian blues

droit au butt (Euler), Monday, 18 June 2018 17:37 (three months ago) Permalink

re "songs associated with other artists" I was trying to think of a covers side poll that would work here but while there are songs where Elvis' version is the "definitive" one (Viva Las Vegas, Burning Love, etc) there are plenty of others not so clearly "owned" (even An American Trilogy). so I scrapped the idea.

droit au butt (Euler), Monday, 18 June 2018 17:41 (three months ago) Permalink

Voted!

A lot of my stuff ended up being later-period and like, half of From Elvis In Memphis, and a lot of known singles.
I should have dug in to his catalog more but I feel like I just needed to vote with my heart.

THIS way to fun times:
🖼

This post was helpful as I felt the same way and ended up doing more or less the same thing

Isora Clubland (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 July 2018 23:09 (one month ago) Permalink

:D

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 23 July 2018 00:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Although tbh I skewed more 50s than 70s although I did include some of the more obvious 70s cuts

Isora Clubland (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 23 July 2018 00:39 (one month ago) Permalink

How many of you are voting for songs written by Ed Wood’s ex?

Isora Clubland (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 23 July 2018 00:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Sent!

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 23 July 2018 03:42 (one month ago) Permalink

time to push this poll across the line

https://www.graceland.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/1football.jpg

Brad C., Monday, 23 July 2018 16:36 (one month ago) Permalink

"We gotta win this race"

niels, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 10:56 (one month ago) Permalink

ok 17 ballots now, should we call it sufficient?

droit au butt (Euler), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 13:47 (one month ago) Permalink

"We gotta win this race"

“Lemonade!”

3-Way Tie (For James Last) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 14:11 (one month ago) Permalink

My alma mater!

devops mom (silby), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 14:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Wow! What did you major in?

3-Way Tie (For James Last) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 14:18 (one month ago) Permalink

ok 17 ballots now, should we call it sufficient?

It's now or never Mr Preston

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 15:55 (one month ago) Permalink

I will try to find the spreadsheet and tabulate these results in the next couple of days, then send them to Moka for the rollout. in the meantime I'll keep taking ballots.

https://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/pictures/img/elvis/60s/elvis-1969.jpg

droit au butt (Euler), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 16:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Awesome! I’ll send mine today Euler.

Once you have the results send em my way and I’ll dot he images and rollout.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 18:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Already came across something I had thought about voting for and forgot about when writing up my ballot. Guy’s catalog is just too deep.

3-Way Tie (For James Last) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 02:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Sent my ballot!

Hope I'm not the only one voting for Crawfish, Pocketful of Rainbows and Animal Instinct as they're pretty high on my ballot and deserve a place in his best songs.

Btw, how many songs should the rollout feature? 50? 75? 100?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:50 (one month ago) Permalink

i voted for Crawfish!!

imo i think 50 is a good rollout?

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Animal Instinct is so underrated. Almost noone namedrops it when talking Elvis. It doesn't help that it was cut from one of his worst rated movies, Harum Scarum.
Hope it makes it because it's awesome and sounds like it should've been a James Bond theme, but in case it doesn't here's for your enjoyment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpR-mzG7NT0

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:58 (one month ago) Permalink

i voted for Crawfish!!

imo i think 50 is a good rollout?

― Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl)

Yay! Yeah I'll probably do 50. It depends if Crawfish is in the top 50 hehe, otherwise I'll start further down the list so it makes it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 05:00 (one month ago) Permalink

lol stay tuned for a 200 rollout

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 14:48 (one month ago) Permalink

I guess I must be the only one who DIDN’T vote for “Crawfish.”
KingCreole.jpg

3-Way Tie (For James Last) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 26 July 2018 10:45 (one month ago) Permalink

No me neither. Second tier song at best imo.

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Thursday, 26 July 2018 17:50 (one month ago) Permalink

You take that back

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 26 July 2018 17:51 (one month ago) Permalink

I didn't vote for it either, but I didn't get a chance to do any serious relistening, so there's a ton of deserving songs missing from my ballot.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 26 July 2018 17:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, in the end I had um, fish or cut bait and cast a ballot, so my choices are pretty obvious, not a lot of deep cuts.

3-Way Tie (For James Last) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 26 July 2018 17:53 (one month ago) Permalink

I feel like I need to say it. Anyone who didn't vote for Change of Habit ain't never caught a rabbit.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 26 July 2018 18:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Looking forward to the rollout. Just was reminded of some good Elvis trivia I may hit you with at the appropriate moment.

3-Way Tie (For James Last) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 26 July 2018 23:22 (one month ago) Permalink

I only sort of recently got into Elvis, so I still have a lot of blind spots in his discography and I'm sure that skewed my ballot a bit. I know I left off a number of deserving songs and have been second guessing it ever since I hit send.

(But I'm not second guessing my vote for Crawfish!)

Ex Slacker, Friday, 27 July 2018 00:07 (one month ago) Permalink

CRAAAAWWWWWFIIIIIIISH

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 27 July 2018 01:22 (one month ago) Permalink

TBH getting a little impatient for the rollout to start. Posting in the thread is like spending an hour or two talking myself out to my roommate before I leave for the party

3-Way Tie (For James Last) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 27 July 2018 02:54 (one month ago) Permalink

meanwhile in weird Elvis archive news

http://elvispresleyblvd.com/blogpost/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/543590215_o.jpg

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 27 July 2018 03:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Saw the Eugene Jarecki film today (which I had been mixing up with the other Elvis documentary until literally after it was over, when I got some clarification from a friend)--fascinating. The very pointed Trump element is definitely heavy-handed now and again, but not to the extent (for me, at least) that it ruins the film. Chuck D is excellent. Actually, I liked all three viewpoints on the cultural-appropriation question: Chuck D, Van Jones, and David Simon. Still have to see the other film.

clemenza, Friday, 27 July 2018 04:18 (one month ago) Permalink

ok I'm finally tabulating now, so maybe we can roll out start of next week? dunno if it's standard to stick to Monday through Friday, was thinking it was but I dunno

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 27 July 2018 16:50 (one month ago) Permalink

btw listened to the 68 comeback special today, some days that's my favorite music in the world. those versions of "One Night", it's usually corny to say music sounds elemental, of the earth, but dang if those performances aren't like that, like the earth groaning

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 27 July 2018 16:51 (one month ago) Permalink

68 Comeback Special is playing in selected theaters in the US in August I am v excited

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/elvis-68-comeback-special

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 28 July 2018 02:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Thought about putting “One Night” but couldn’t quite get there.
Really my ballot is just a snapshot of how I felt that day, that hour, except for my Number One.

3-Way Tie (For James Last) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 July 2018 03:07 (one month ago) Permalink

The '68 show gets 5-10 minutes in the Jarecki film. The Colonel wanted 25 Christmas songs!

clemenza, Saturday, 28 July 2018 03:17 (one month ago) Permalink

The Colonel should have run an empire of toy factories and left human beings ie Elvis alone
MORE HATS
MAKE THOSE ONES POOP THEMSELVES
ALL OF THESE RIDE BIKES NOW
TEN THOUSAND MORE ON THE SHELVES BY FRIDAY

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 28 July 2018 03:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Euler do you have the results so I can help with the images? I’ll have several free hours tomorrow to help out. Will you do the rollout? If i’m doing it I’ll also need the results on Sunday so I can do both the images and the rollout simultaneously on Monday.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 28 July 2018 06:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Thought about putting “One Night” but couldn’t quite get there.
Really my ballot is just a snapshot of how I felt that day, that hour, except for my Number One.


This is what I'm most looking forward to: seeing people's number ones.

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Saturday, 28 July 2018 14:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Holy shit at that leather photo Euler

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Saturday, 28 July 2018 14:45 (one month ago) Permalink

I have never seen the Comeback Special video! I know the tracks and the pics well. I’ll try to watch it soon.

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 28 July 2018 14:47 (one month ago) Permalink


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