08 May 2009

Rhythm to the White Race

~ Bono Thribb ~

I search and search for the full text of that overweening PD Hewson's Poem to Elvis.

Perhaps, as part of its idiot decision to actually broadcast the 'verse', the Beeb feels it can stave off derision by leaving it as late as possible to unveil its full incompetence.

Hewson's birthday a few days hence, on May 10, advances him dangerously towards that age where pomposity and malodorous sanctity of his brand are more difficult to overlook and meet less patronising good humour.

Here is some of the laughable poesie, verbatim as reproduced in McCormick's article:

"Elvis the hillbilly brought rhythm to the white race, blues to pop, and rock'n'roll to where ever rock'n'roll is.
elvis the pelvis, swung from africa to europe, which is the idea of america.
elvis liberation.
elvis the kung fu would come later.
elvis hibernation.
elvis built a theme park he later called Graceland.
elvis woke up to whispers.
elvis thought of himself as a backslider.
elvis knew guilt like a twin brother.
elvis called God every morning then left the phone off the hook.
elvis turned las vegas into a church when he sang "love me tender".
elvis turned america into a church when he sang "the trilogy".
elvis was harangued by choice; flesh vs spirit, God vs rock'n'roll mother vs lover, father vs the colonel.
elvis grew sideburns as a protest against tom jones' hairy chest."

2 comments :

Bill said...

As far as I know, Elvis Ate America was first published in the 100th issue of Q magazine and it was later used as a lyric on the Passengers album.

That issue also contained The Nathan Adler Diaries by David Bowie which later became the basis for the Outside album.

Busker said...

Good man. Thanks very much. Very informative.
By the heck, I've got an erudite and helpful readership. No idea how i've deserved it.
i am so rude about Hewson not just because i really do regard him as described but because it annoys a certain creepissimo reader who has him up on a pedestal and wears the same shades and jiggles his rosary as he listens to the albums.