Thursday, November 24, 2011

Velvet Elvis....

According to Wikipedia, A Velvet Elvis is "a painting of Elvis Presley on velvet. It typically represents a costumed torso of Elvis holding a microphone, painted on black velvet (or velvet of some other dark color, such as navy blue, red or purple). This iconic velvet painting is considered an archetypical example of kitsch".

It is also "a neighbourhood bar & grill offering casual dining & drinking in the eclectic surroundings of an original 1910 butchers' shop in the Partick area of Glasgow complete with meat hooks and Edwardian tiling, complemented and counterpointed by a real vinyl jukebox crammed with classic bits of black plastic".

And it was also the name of a self titled album from a four piece from Kentucky that was produced, mixed and recorded by Mitch Easter back in the late 80's. I picked the album up in Virgin in a bargain bin a year or so after it came out, largely because I liked the sleeve and the picture on the back of the album reminded me of the Go Betweens. The album is certainly part of that sound that was sweeping college round at the time inviting comparisons to the Paisley Underground movement and early R.E.M. Don't know much more about them but their eponymous release is a pretty decent album that shows they knew how to write a tune or two and deserved wider attention at the time.

Velvet Elvis - When It Comes
Velvet Elvis - Something Better

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