Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the 80s
Elvis Presley died 30 years ago this week, which means the King never got to experience the music of the 80s. (Though I'm not sure I could handle listening to his rendition of "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.")
I've traveled to Memphis several times, but have never been tempted to visit Graceland. For one, the only Presley I'd like to commune with is Lisa Presley. And second, if I wanted to see rooms decorated in animal prints and munch on fried peanut butter sandwiches, I'd visit Times pop music critic Sean Daly's house.
But though I find no fascination in Elvis, plenty of 80s artists did. The Residents covered more than a dozen Elvis songs. But they're not alone.
Favorite Elvis Presley songs covered by 80s artists:
- Viva Las Vegas -- Dead Kennedys, Bruce Springsteen, ZZ Top
- Don't Be Cruel -- Cheap Trick, Bryan Ferry, Devo
- Can't Help Falling in Love -- UB40, Lick the Tins, Corey Hart, Richard Marx, Bruce Springsteen, U2
- Jailhouse Rock -- The Blues Brothers, John Mellencamp, ZZ Top
- Love Me Tender -- Holly Johnson
- Suspicious Minds -- U2
- Mystery Train -- Stray Cats
- Faded Love -- Wall of Voodoo
- Heartbreak Hotel -- The Clash