Video: Elvis wasted

posted at 9:09 pm on August 16, 2007 by Allahpundit

On the 30th anniversary of his death, we remember the King as he was: an electric performer.

And totally incoherent.

Update: A world without Elvis = a world without the Beatles = a world not worth living in.


Elvis Drunk on Stage

Posted Sep 24, 2003

The fat Elvis obviously popped some pills and chased ‘em with Jack Daniels before hitting the stage.

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Elvis “Allah” Presley?

TheSitRep on August 16, 2007 at 9:13 PM

This is the guy that women still hope is alive, and would leave their loves in a heartbeat for.

Ugh.

MadisonConservative on August 16, 2007 at 9:18 PM

This is the guy that women still hope is alive, and would leave their loves in a heartbeat for.

Ugh.

MadisonConservative on August 16, 2007 at 9:18 PM

No this is the guy.

TheSitRep on August 16, 2007 at 9:20 PM

fpc=40 lb colon

AZCON on August 16, 2007 at 9:22 PM

Ah no, this is the King. As John Lennon said, before Elvis, there was nothing.

TheBigOldDog on August 16, 2007 at 9:27 PM

Didja have to? Today? What is wrong with remembering him well, in his prime, making people happy?

CrimsonFisted on August 16, 2007 at 9:36 PM

R.I.P THE KING :)

my wife is making me watch every single show about him this week lol

trailortrash on August 16, 2007 at 9:37 PM

Dude, fat Elvis ruled.

Bad Candy on August 16, 2007 at 9:37 PM

Elvis is Everywhere!

- The Cat

P.S. Michael J Fox has no Elvis in him.

MirCat on August 16, 2007 at 9:42 PM

You lack justice Allah, imho. You show Elvis in this one video clip as if it exemplifies the The King of Rock and Roll.
Were you there, Allah? I was, and “The King” is a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare.

Randy

williars on August 16, 2007 at 9:42 PM

Were you there, Allah? I was, and “The King” is a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare.

Elvis is to the Beatles as John the Baptist is to Jesus.

Allahpundit on August 16, 2007 at 9:44 PM

R.I.P THE KING :)

my wife is making me watch every single show about him this week lol

trailortrash on August 16, 2007 at 9:37 PM

My husband is doing the same. Actually met him a couple of times.

Too cool. Is that why I married him? hmmmmmmm….. I can only wonder.

CrimsonFisted on August 16, 2007 at 9:44 PM

I read or saw somewhere, when he and Ann Margret were making Viva Las Vegas that he could hardly keep up with her. Apparently she was much the hell raiser.

TheSitRep on August 16, 2007 at 9:44 PM

I remember the cover of the TV Guide in ’77…Elvis ascending to the heavens with his arm outstretched. I wonder if anyone kept a copy and if so, it’d be worth a bundle today.

kiakjones on August 16, 2007 at 9:46 PM

By the way I was 5 in ’77.

kiakjones on August 16, 2007 at 9:48 PM

I wonder if 1000 years from now, will there will be Elvis-ist running around blowing themselves up.
In the name of the King, you see?

TheSitRep on August 16, 2007 at 9:50 PM

P.P.S. I forgot about the “Talking to Allah” part. hehe

Calls for a little Living Colour. Thing is, they are kind of following in his footsteps, all being stoners now and all (The vid was back when they were at their prime.

MirCat on August 16, 2007 at 9:50 PM

The Beatles were great but they were imports. Elvis was all American. He was ours. He even served in the military even if it was during a time of peace.

Rose on August 16, 2007 at 9:50 PM

Ah no, this is the King. As John Lennon said, before Elvis, there was nothing.

As Elvis said, there is only one original.

JackStraw on August 16, 2007 at 9:52 PM

Who’s Elvis? Sorry, I was born in ’78. And the Beatles? Just don’t get it. Anyways, got to go finish watching “So you think you can dance.”

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 9:55 PM

The Beatles were great but they were imports. Elvis was all American. He was ours. He even served in the military even if it was during a time of peace.

Rose on August 16, 2007 at 9:50 PM

Exactly. And WITHOUT a deferment or a whimper. Took it like a man. As opposed to he-who-would-be-president.

He even declined to comment politically when asked during Viet Nam by a snot nose reporter if he would go (but you know he would have served his country).

CrimsonFisted on August 16, 2007 at 9:56 PM

Who’s Elvis? Sorry, I was born in ‘78. And the Beatles? Just don’t get it. Anyways, got to go finish watching “So you think you can dance.”

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 9:55 PM

I think your taste in T.V. accounts for your taste in music.

P.S. Elvis sighting.

MirCat on August 16, 2007 at 9:57 PM

I think your taste in T.V. accounts for your taste in music.
P.S. Elvis sighting.
MirCat on August 16, 2007 at 9:57 PM

Taste? Have you ever seen that show? It plumbs the depth of cultural sophistication!

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 9:58 PM

Didja have to? Today? What is wrong with remembering him well, in his prime, making people happy?

CrimsonFisted on August 16, 2007 at 9:36 PM

I could not agree more, can’t we ever remember things fondly with out the shots

KBird on August 16, 2007 at 10:00 PM

Who’s Elvis? Sorry, I was born in ‘78. And the Beatles? Just don’t get it. Anyways, got to go finish watching “So you think you can dance.”

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 9:55 PM

Oh for pete’s sake. I was born in 19fwmahaifhawoeahowoa, well after Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman and Beethoven but I know who THEY are. And listen to them sing, sing, sing.

CrimsonFisted on August 16, 2007 at 10:01 PM

I’m sorry ya’ll, but I just don’t see any influence, either from Elvis or the Beatles, manifesting itself today.

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 10:03 PM

I wonder if 1000 years from now, will there will be Elvis-ist running around blowing themselves up.
In the name of the King, you see?

Not sure about 1000 years from now, but the Elvis impersonator fronting Dred Zeppelin blew himself up to, what, 400 pounds?

sulla on August 16, 2007 at 10:04 PM

Taste? Have you ever seen that show? It plumbs the depth of cultural sophistication!

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 9:58 PM

Yeah, rock bottom in the sludgemania!

I’m sorry ya’ll, but I just don’t see any influence, either from Elvis or the Beatles, manifesting itself today.

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 10:03 PM

Considering that the Beatles were doing club mixes before there were such a thing . . .

- The Cat

MirCat on August 16, 2007 at 10:08 PM

Maybe if there was more influence from the Beatles and Elvis today we wouldn’t have rap, hiphop, and the other stuff the younger generation has. Even my kids pass on the stuff that’s popular today and look to the past for their music.

Rose on August 16, 2007 at 10:11 PM

I’m sorry ya’ll, but I just don’t see any influence, either from Elvis or the Beatles, manifesting itself today.

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 10:03 PM

I think you forgot your sarc tag.

What, you haven’t seen a commercial with their music, either the Beatles or Elvis? Or a t-shirt? Magazine? Nothing? Even a friggin’ stamp? No influence?

CrimsonFisted on August 16, 2007 at 10:12 PM

MirCat on August 16, 2007 at 10:08 PM

I really hope that with my statement of “no cultural influence”, one would be able to detect the heavy saturation levels of sarcasm in my comments. I actually learned to play the guitar from the chord charts of every Beatles song in a two volume series of music books covering everything from Hard Days Night to The White Album. Just having some fun on a hot humid Houston night.

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 10:13 PM

You lack justice Allah, imho. You show Elvis in this one video clip as if it exemplifies the The King of Rock and Roll.
Were you there, Allah? I was, and “The King” is a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare.
Randy

williars on August 16, 2007 at 9:42 PM

Shakespeare ????

The most cool of cool videos by Mark Twain

TheSitRep on August 16, 2007 at 10:14 PM

Not sure about 1000 years from now, but the Elvis impersonator fronting Dred Zeppelin blew himself up to, what, 400 pounds?

sulla on August 16, 2007 at 10:04 PM

Deserving of more linkage.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 16, 2007 at 10:14 PM

also, I refuse to use the internet shorthand for sarcasm. I hate it, no room for subtlety. It’s like playing hide and seek out in the open. No fun

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 10:15 PM

I really hope that with my statement of “no cultural influence”, one would be able to detect the heavy saturation levels of sarcasm in my comments. I actually learned to play the guitar from the chord charts of every Beatles song in a two volume series of music books covering everything from Hard Days Night to The White Album. Just having some fun on a hot humid Houston night.

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 10:13 PM

Uh oh, I must be one of the idgit block.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 16, 2007 at 10:16 PM

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 10:15 PM
I can understand! no fun. And the internet should be fun, and so is Elvis!

(like how I tied that together?)

CrimsonFisted on August 16, 2007 at 10:19 PM

Who’s Elvis? Sorry, I was born in ‘78. And the Beatles? Just don’t get it. Anyways, got to go finish watching “So you think you can dance.”

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 9:55 PM

The 70′s is so Disco . This should give you goose bumps .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moUifEmOcbU

Texyank on August 16, 2007 at 10:20 PM

Elvis, before he went in the Army, was a true, raw rock ‘n roll Dionysus and Prometheus combined.

I never heard any of his early stuff (being only aware of the post-”In the Ghetto” Elvis, which was a sad cartoon) until I lived in Europe for a while and they played a retrospective of his first five years on Duytch radio, without all the backround singers syrup-ing him up. Raw and sublime.

After he got back from the military, the leeches attached and drained him until he died. (He wanted to play several better-quality film roles, like “Thunder Road”- with Robert Mitchum,”West Side Story”, “Baby The Rain Must Fall”- Steve McQueen got the role, and “A Star s Born”- which fell to Kris Kristofferson, but his “advisors” cleverly talked him out of them all, to the destruction of his career growth and real artistic interests and ultimate cultural meaning.)

A Praxitiles-good looking guy who became a Greek tragedy.

A piece of disastrous luck in having such lousy “friends” and “managers” who were glad to ride him to the grave, -and beyond.

(They even spelled his middle name wrong on his tombstone at Graceland.)

profitsbeard on August 16, 2007 at 10:21 PM

Deserving of more linkage.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 16, 2007 at 10:14 PM

Thanks, MirCat that was cool

TheSitRep on August 16, 2007 at 10:21 PM

I can understand! no fun. And the internet should be fun, and so is Elvis!
(like how I tied that together?)
CrimsonFisted on August 16, 2007 at 10:19 PM

Heh. Yes. Yes I did.

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2007 at 10:23 PM

P.S. Michael J Fox has no Elvis in him.

MirCat on August 16, 2007 at 9:42 PM

We’re all moving in perfect peace and harmony toward Elvisness!

I had no idea Mojo had done a video for that. Good show!

Pablo on August 16, 2007 at 10:26 PM

Eh, I can think of better ways to honor the guy’s memory.

flipflop on August 16, 2007 at 10:29 PM

Deserving of more linkage.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 16, 2007 at 10:14 PM

Another nice pull, though I’d have gone with this.

Pablo on August 16, 2007 at 10:31 PM

profitsbeard on August 16, 2007 at 10:21 PM

How is that remotely possible? I can’t imagine people growing up in America not hearing the King when he was…

We are all responsible for our own lives. We can only be victims if we choose to be. Ultimately it was the King who did in the King.

TheBigOldDog on August 16, 2007 at 10:37 PM

Never got the Elvis thing either, but even looking wasted in that video clip, when he sang, it was compelling. And his stage presence – even looking wasted – just leaped right out of my monitor. I can understand how he became, and remains, such a phenomena. RIP, Elvis.

RushBaby on August 16, 2007 at 10:38 PM

I have well over 100 Elvis discs. Forget The Beatles, I’ll take Led Zeppelin over them any day.

Long live THE KING! (Well, if her weren’t, you know…dead and all)

robblefarian on August 16, 2007 at 10:43 PM

Not sure about 1000 years from now, but the Elvis impersonator fronting Dred Zeppelin blew himself up to, what, 400 pounds?

Oh yes, the guy named Tortelvis.

P.S. Michael J Fox has no Elvis in him.

Michael J. Fox is the Anti-Elvis!

I once saw a woman wearing a T-shirt with a pic of the meeting of Nixon and Elvis. Underneath was the caption “We’re dead.” I suggested the addition, “Get it through your thick skulls, already!”

Bigfoot on August 16, 2007 at 10:48 PM

“…PLUS TAX”

hahaha

Priceless

AlexB on August 16, 2007 at 10:48 PM

Dread Zepplin has a new fan. Thank you. Thank you very much.

TheBigOldDog on August 16, 2007 at 10:50 PM

First we had a 10 year old video of Rudy, now its a video of a stoned Elvis.

What next, the Hindenburg explosion?

Freaky Deaky!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Labamigo on August 16, 2007 at 10:52 PM

Kat Deeley has a crooked nose…

AZCON on August 16, 2007 at 11:01 PM

TheOldDog-

So you’re saying:

It wasn’t the leeches…

‘Twas booty that killed the King?

profitsbeard on August 16, 2007 at 11:03 PM

‘Twas the King who killed the King. Leeches only feed off humans when they are allowed to.

TheBigOldDog on August 16, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Unchecked Liberalism Killed The King!

What say you?

TheSitRep on August 16, 2007 at 11:19 PM

Noris…teh gay tap…awesome.sniff says Kat…

AZCON on August 16, 2007 at 11:25 PM

Go to YouTube and search, “Elvis, Comeback Special”. The ’68 comeback show is Elvis at his most entertaining.

Rest easy, Big E.

MikeZero on August 16, 2007 at 11:26 PM

It plumbs the depth of cultural sophistication!

So does getting a colonoscopy. Doesn’t mean we need to hear all about it.

I never got much into the Elvis phenom; dated a girl in 2001 who loved him; she was born just shortly before he died (younger than me by 7 years). For her birthday, I drove her to Graceland in a (red (couldn’t get a pink)) Cadillac. Had a perfectly awful time (no, not Elvis’ fault; we just sucked as a couple) Still have some of her Elvis cd’s..won’t play them. Actually thought of her today before i thought of him. Days like this make me envy Johnny Mnemonic (dump long term memory and put a hard drive in your head)…aiie, what a gloomy bugger am I.

austinnelly on August 16, 2007 at 11:31 PM

My great aunt taught Elvis when he was in the 6th grade in Tupelo, Miss.
She said he was a nice kid.

Q: What were Elvis’ last words?

A: “Corn?”

harrison on August 16, 2007 at 11:41 PM

I rarely link myself, but I did post scads of Elvis video links today that run the gamut. Elvis backstage with Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly, his first TV appearance, Elvis with Sinatra, even wasted jumpsuit Elvis (there’s even a link to audio of him even more wasted from ’69). Also news coverage of his death and funeral from local TV, the BBC and… a young Geraldo!

The Cat will be glad to know I had the Mojo Nixon link posted Tuesday, just to get ready.

Karl on August 16, 2007 at 11:42 PM

Say what you want about the King, AP, but the Manson family didn’t use any of his albums as inspiration to go out and slaughter people. They chose,yes, The White Album.

Vinnie on August 16, 2007 at 11:47 PM

…because you are hot…

the king was/is hot. Catch a clue man…take the black man’s struggle to the masses, we’re in Egypt circa 4000 bc.

the messenger is the message.

Elvis de-segregated my back woods MO elementary school. word.

AZCON on August 16, 2007 at 11:58 PM

Say what you want about the King, AP, but the Manson family didn’t use any of his albums as inspiration to go out and slaughter people. They chose,yes, The White Album.
Vinnie on August 16, 2007 at 11:47 PM

I knew that they used Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, but I didn’t know that about the White Album. Leave it to the Mansons to screw up good sci-fi and good music.

Weight of Glory on August 17, 2007 at 12:05 AM

Anyone know how old Allah is?

JWS on August 17, 2007 at 12:14 AM

Anyone know who Allah is? And is A getting w/KP or (that Jane cleavege chick)?

I think AP is a RG plant. Prove me wrong.

AZCON on August 17, 2007 at 12:27 AM

Somewhere, Andy Kaufman is turning away from an audience for a moment, and when he turns back…

Best ‘about Elvis’ movie? Bubba Ho Tep. The King would have loved it.

Doug on August 17, 2007 at 12:37 AM

David Lee Roth spoke of Elvis just the other day at the Van Halen press conference

“Well if there was a god, Elvis would be alive and all the imposters would be dead.”

MrC_5150 on August 17, 2007 at 1:48 AM

Best ‘about Elvis’ movie? Bubba Ho Tep. The King would have loved it.

Great movie! Bruce Campbell as Elvis, Ossie Davis as JFK and evil elder killing mummies. It’s a classic.

Ellen on August 17, 2007 at 5:09 AM

I used to practically worship John Lennon as a kid, until I started reading about how much of a jerk he was. Same with Morrison. As far as I know, Elvis was a good person. I know he was addicted to pills, and they affected his behavior, but what I read about Lennon really burst my bubble, to the point of almost ruining their music for me. It did make me appreciate McCartney a lot more, in retrospect.

Jimi Hendrix still is one of my favorites, another reportedly nice guy.

Long live the King!

Dork B. on August 17, 2007 at 5:50 AM

…It did make me appreciate McCartney a lot more, in retrospect.

Jimi Hendrix still is one of my favorites, another reportedly nice guy.

Long live the King!

Dork B. on August 17, 2007 at 5:50 AM

While I’ve never been a big Beatles fan, I’ve always thought George Harrison was way under appreciated.

Elvis simply ruled.

flipflop on August 17, 2007 at 6:13 AM

That clip was very difficult to watch. Sad.

May God rest his soul.

Zorro on August 17, 2007 at 6:56 AM

The real king died the same day…. Babe Ruth

ajmontana on August 17, 2007 at 6:57 AM

Diff year of course…

ajmontana on August 17, 2007 at 6:59 AM

While I’ve never been a big Beatles fan, I’ve always thought George Harrison was way under appreciated.

Elvis simply ruled.

flipflop on August 17, 2007 at 6:13 AM

Yeah, I agree. I think their producer was brilliant – what’s his name, George Martin?
Of course, Ringo is way cool.
I’m sure they were all Elvis fans.

Dork B. on August 17, 2007 at 7:12 AM

His voice never left him. To his dying day, he could sing his ass off.

Brian the sailor on August 17, 2007 at 8:27 AM

Brian the sailor on August 17, 2007 at 8:27 AM

I couldn’t agree more. Even fat and wasted, Elvis was far more coherent and talented than any of the new crop of entertainers out there. At the risk of sounding like my dad, have you heard some of the noise that passes for singing these days?

I made similar sounds when I got sick on bad oysters once. (Eddie Vetter, I’m looking in your direction.)

SailorDave on August 17, 2007 at 8:53 AM

Drunk or sober, the voice still kicks ass.

Sue on August 17, 2007 at 9:15 AM

Grew up in Tennessee. Still live there.

Never could stand Elvis. Won’t go near Memphis in August or January. Too many idgits there trying to get a glimpse of him. Only time I went to Graceland I was forced. Had to take relatives who were down for a visit. Wasn’t impressed. The peanut butter and banana sandwiches were good though.

Kowboy on August 17, 2007 at 9:24 AM

Theres only one King and Elvis is his prophet!!!
Elvis Ahkbar!!!

Viper1 on August 17, 2007 at 9:31 AM

I’ll take Johnny Cash ANY DAY over Elvis.

pullingmyhairout on August 17, 2007 at 9:31 AM

Elvis is to the Beatles as John the Baptist is to Jesus.

Allahpundit on August 16, 2007 at 9:44 PM

I don’t have the perspective to say this, but I think that’s probably true. John the Baptist was incredible, living in the desert, eating bugs and dying by beheading at a little girl’s request, but he wasn’t God incarnate.

Update: A world without Elvis = a world without the Beatles = a world not worth living in.

On this though, the article admits that something was going to happen in the 1950s no matter what. Is it really impossible that someone else would have done nearly the same thing?

Was there no one else who came about around the time of Elvis with a similar theme but who was simply eclipsed by Elvis?

I mean even Shakespeare had a competitor who some argue could have been better had he lived.

Esthier on August 17, 2007 at 9:37 AM

http://A world without Elvis = a world without the Beatles = a world not worth living in.

Nah, we still would have Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and I’d be doing just fine. Most music after 1960 sucks anyway.

packsoldier on August 17, 2007 at 10:02 AM

Anytime I think about Elvis, I think about this song, because my husband plays it endlessly each year around this time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx7pPllxxqo

That link doesn’t have the best video quality from the performance, but it’s the original audio. It’s a great song.

serpentineshel on August 17, 2007 at 10:54 AM

He got it together after and finished the song.

Gotta give him props for that.

benrand on August 17, 2007 at 11:19 AM

Makes me wonder if this inspired Sam Kinison’s spoken word bit when he sang the same song in concert?

ScottMcC on August 17, 2007 at 11:29 AM

My mother in law is convinced E is still alive.

Also, for all you hep cats, it’s [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfEDSL1Nc6A]TINY ELVIS[/url]

Most of his movies sucked.

Krydor on August 17, 2007 at 12:05 PM

DOH Tiny Elvis

Krydor on August 17, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Is there any woman (or maybe man) that can watch the 68 comeback concert that wouldn’t want a go with him?

msflea on August 17, 2007 at 12:42 PM

Elvis is to the Beatles as John the Baptist is to Jesus.

Allahpundit on August 16, 2007 at 9:44 PM

Lol, Allah. I tried to respond when I first read it, but it was such a great non sequitur…. What’s a meta-phor, eh?
Randy

williars on August 17, 2007 at 4:33 PM

One of my fondest memories was getting to see Elvis in concert when I was in high-school. I never thought he would come to an out of the way place like where I grew up, so I was absolutely thrilled to get the opportunity to see him in person.

Say what you may about the guy, his voice was absolutely incredible. Some of the notes he sang resonated throughout the auditorium and semmed to reach down into your very soul – one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had.

After hearing him, I came to the realization that I really couldn’t sing at all.

P.S. Elvis was actually quite humble and thought that his own voice paled in comparison to another one of my favorites – Roy Orbison (ugly as sin, but man could that guy sing!)

Fatal on August 17, 2007 at 4:56 PM

Argh, “seemed” not “semmed”. Sure wish we had preview (or I could spell, or I actually took the time to use spell check). Sheesh!

Fatal on August 17, 2007 at 4:58 PM

P.S. Elvis was actually quite humble and thought that his own voice paled in comparison to another one of my favorites – Roy Orbison (ugly as sin, but man could that guy sing!)

Fatal on August 17, 2007 at 4:56 PM

Never saw Presley live. Saw The Beatles live. Band I was in opened for Roy Orbison once when he and The Candymen were on tour in Canada. A nice man and one of my Hall of Fame rock singers.
Randy

williars on August 17, 2007 at 5:10 PM

this is one of the best clips ever. it shows the king as human being, keeping his sense of humor as he forgets the words, not so much because he’s stoned or buzzed but because it’s hard to remember all the words, even to songs you’ve done for 25 years.

hell yeah, he had a buzz. but that’s not the point. he could perform(and do it well) asleep.

let ye who has not sung cast the first stone

and lighten up. elvis had 2 intense creative periods that are reason enough for us to honor his memory. he’s human. so he died on the crapper. william holden hit his head on teh corner of a table when he fell down drunk. so it goes.

JazzBass on August 17, 2007 at 9:14 PM

What an amazing thesis: If famous accomplished people hadn’t existed the world would be different than it is.

Insightful.

Christoph on August 18, 2007 at 1:20 AM