Sunday, April 19, 2009

God Save The King - A Psychobilly Tribute to Elvis

From Hellbilly Wreckhouse:
"God Save The King is easily in my top must have's of the year! How could you go wrong with an Elvis tribute cd done up the psychobilly way? I dare you to not sing along as the legendary Nigel Lewis along with The Tombstone Brawlers do "Blue Moon of Kentucky". Try not to sway your hips too much as the Memphis Morticians cover "King Creole". This compilation is so good that Cosmic Voodoo went and recorded for the first time in 10 years just to be on it, then you know you need to have it!"
Bibb-Hellbilly Wreckhouse
Rue Morgue
September 2007
Issue 74
Four Skulls out of Five:
"Content-wise, Elvis is usually about as far from Psychobilly as ya can get. But in terms of Sound, he helped shape and popularize rockabilly, so a comp of psycho bands covering The King makes sense. And this thirteen-track, fast-paced bass trip though the Presley catalogue is a bigger blast than popping pills and shooting TV sets. Howlin' highlights include Memphis Morticians adding just the right touch of sinister soul to "King Creole," Guitar Slingers' breakneck version of "C.C. Rider" and a sincere, appropriately twangy take on the funerary "Long Black Limousine," courtesy King Sleaze and Batmobile. However, thecrusty, high-energy live version of "Little Sister" best demonstrates the virtues of tearing The King off his throne and dragging him through the gutter. Time to add some sideburns to that pompadour."
From Rockabilly Monthly:
5 Stars
"One counsel Elvis Aaron left is that youthful ferment can lead to musical acting up -- what the world calls rock 'n' roll. Here, international buzzsaw psycho cells including Batmobile, Guitar Slingers, Memphis Morticians, and Monster Klub re-gard Kingly classics with splenetic favor."
From Big Cheese:
'God Save The King'
(Rockin' Raven)
"What's that whirring? It's Elvis spinning in his grave. A nice little compilation of Psychobilly bands paying their musical tribute to the King. Fittingly there are Psychobilly royalty in the shape of Nigel Lewis and Batmobile holding court has well as a plethora of young pretenders. There are some interesting unholy intercontinental alliances here including super group The Guitar Slingers which makes the album well worth tracking down. Not just your average cobble it together compilation but one that would get the King in a twist for sure."
Simon Nott.
Track list:
1. Blue Moon of Kentucky - Nigel Lewis with The Tombstone Brawlers
2. (You're The) Devil In Disguise - Spellbound
3. (Now And Then) There's A Fool Such As I - Batmobile
4. Milk Cow Blues - Lucky Devils
5. Bossa Nova Baby - Cosmic Voodoo
6. King Creole - Memphis Morticians
7. Long Black Limousine - King Sleaze with Batmobile
8. CC Rider - Guitar Slingers
9. That's Alright Mama - Monster Klub
10. Viva Las Vegas - Spinballs
11. Little Sister (Live) - Asmodeus
12. Crawfish - Ripmen
13. Happy Endings - Thee Flanders

Alec Empire Vs. Elvis Presley

Empire recorded vs. Elvis in 1998 after returning home to Berlin from a tour of the United States with his band Atari Teenage Riot. As a method of escape from the digital hardcore sound he became interested in Elvis, watching all of his movies. Inspired, he collected two hours worth of samples and mixed them in his own particular style, the result of which caused his girlfriend at the time to leave him.

Originally intended for release on his DHR Limited label, Empire ran into problems when attempting to release the album as the Elvis samples were used without permission from the Presley Foundation. Concerned at the prospect of legal action Empire decided not to releasevs. Elvis on DHR, and instead pressed a few copies for friends and DJs. In a record store in New York in 1999, Empire to his surprise discovered a vinyl copy of the recording that had been pressed by El Turco Loco ("The Mad Turk"), an obscure label owned by formerMatador Records artist Khan.

The album is long out of print, but copies have occasionally been sold on eBay, as well as exchanged in MP3 format on p2p networks. Since the release is a bootleg, the tracklisting of the recording seems to in the incorrect order (ie the song "Last Message From The Soul" seems to be a introduction track) and back cover claims to be "recorded in the highest quality" but the sound is very poor.

The album has been made available for purchase as a digital download in the Hellish Vortex Online Shop.

A video was made for the track "You Ain't Nothing" by Empire's friend and collaborator Philipp "Virus" Reichenheim.

From NME: "...for 'AE Vs EP' is not only the biggest compliment Empire could pay Elvis, it's also the best Alec Empire-produced album for some time: experimental, totally punk and peppered with black humour. Possibly because there was no overbearing ATR agenda involved - he did it for himself and, hey, if anyone else likes it, how on earth did they get a copy? - Empire has taken the opportunity to go completely loco, smashing Elvis into fragments on 'Jailhouse Cock Rocks The Most' and 'You Ain't Nothing' and filling the gaps with super-trashed drill'n'bass and mangled electronica. Well come on now, what did you expect? Ironically, what raises this record above postmodern novelty status is that it actually sounds like an updated, crudely remastered Elvis album; however hard Empire tries to destroy and distort The Voice, it remains the one stable reference. Hence when AE drags EP through Hell backwards during 'He's Dead, That's The Way It Is', Elvis is still the epitome of cool".