Danzig Sings Elvis

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in his prime he was about 1/1000th of the singer Elvis was

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 25 April 2020 16:32 (two months ago) link

he was never going to out-Elvis Elvis, he'd have been better served doing more of the rock'n rolly stuff I guess.

alright I got bored of this already.

genital giant (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 April 2020 16:37 (two months ago) link

anybody have a youtube playlist of the elvis versions? cause i don't know most of these.

Kate (rushomancy), Saturday, 25 April 2020 17:38 (two months ago) link

in his prime he was about 1/1000th of the singer Elvis was

that's the thing about this. Elvis & Jerry Lee & all those dudes, the level of their craft is not some 'aw shucks I just showed up and sang it like I felt it' shit. even Elvis's early Sun sessions they're doing 8 or 9 takes on a song and you can listen them all and there's this church-bred consistency of attack, the freedom you get from discipline, the ability to do the same thing well over and over and get something different out of it every time. Danzig, an OK hard rock singer who has exactly two tricks (1: for the hard rock numbers, the Ian Astbury "sing an intervla on the concuding syllable of the linel, portamento quickly down to the note" special; for the ballads/intervals, the pseudo-croon), is not used to singing songs like these, songs where the melody demands a little investment in what you're doing. he is humbled and exposed when he tries to sing stuff like this, and he insults the material by drumming badly behind it but & putting the guitars through a Pod into a Mesa Mark V and just calling it a day.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 26 April 2020 10:02 (two months ago) link

i have not heard yet but i'm happy this exists.

billstevejim, Sunday, 26 April 2020 16:33 (two months ago) link

xp So far it sounds about the same quality as the credits of Wild At Heart.

billstevejim, Sunday, 26 April 2020 16:39 (two months ago) link

ah, you know what, if i want something done i might as well do it myself; these songs are all pretty easy to find streaming on youtube, so here's a quick playlist


Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, 26 April 2020 17:45 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Greil Marcus wrote about this album in his latest Real Life Rock Top 10 column. He agrees with me more than with JCLC, it seems.

10. Glenn Danzig, Danzig Sings Elvis (Cleopatra). Maybe not quite as far back as his punk days with the Misfits, but Glenn Danzig has threatened this record for decades. He falls short, or apart, with Sun rockabilly or well-known RCA material (“Baby Let’s Play House,” “When It Rains It Really Pours,” and “One Night”), but with his voice as full and deep as it can go, on ballads — not the ballad as Bob Dylan talked about it, but straightforward manufactured pop love songs — he inhabits levels of subtlety, doubt, certainty, and despair that Elvis didn’t allow himself.

The accompaniment is minimal, a fuzz guitar and backing vocals removed to a faraway, echoey dankness, and Danzig stills the room. “Is It So Strange” is not of this world; it seems somehow suspended between Elvis’s death and whenever the singer’s might be.

The heart of the music is in the many ballads slipped in as filler on Elvis soundtracks and throwaway albums that now live lives they never lived before, even when you could hear in Elvis’s own singing an implicit admission of how little he cared about the songs, or a listener’s apprehension of how much the songs wanted more: “Lonely Blue Boy,” “First in Line,” “Pocketful of Rainbows,” “Loving Arms,” “Young and Beautiful,” which closed Jailhouse Rock in 1957 — a song it’s hard to credit anyone would try again after the way Aaron Neville sent it to heaven in a live performance included on the bizarre 1990 tribute album The Last Temptation of Elvis: Songs from His Movies. But “Love Me,” played so slowly it’s hard to take, could be the one. The bridge — the I would beg and steal — so barely varies the song it doesn’t actually register as any kind of musical shift. The song is all on one plane, as if there is only one truth in life, as if for a moment someone glimpsed it.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 23 May 2020 00:42 (one month ago) link

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