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Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the 80s



Elvisshirt_2 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 Lisa 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

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:24pm]


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