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Mar 04

ELVIS PRESLEY – ‘I Got Stung’ / ‘One Night’

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#80, 30th January 1959

Elvis acts the teenybop star while a hand-picked band of groovers play musical statues behind him. ‘I Got Stung’ is lighthearted and goofy, all jerking elbows and dipping knees and none of that inbetweeny stuff Presley had traded on before. The intro (‘Holy Smokes and Land Sakes Alive!”) was sampled by Carter USM and I’m gratified by how well it works here too.

‘One Night’, on the other side, is a bleary stomper with a little bit more fire in its belly but a lot less fun in its heart. The heavy, choppy guitar offers one last jagged chunk of nastiness before Elvis finally settles down to the big business of being an Idol, a direction ‘Stung’ seems much more comfortable with.

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    Erithian on 4 Jun 2009 #

    And rather unfortunately (sorry for the bunny baiting) this will be a landmark Popular entry at some point in the future!

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    hectorthebat on 16 Feb 2014 #

    Critic watch: “One Night” appears on the following “Best of” list:

    Spin (USA) – The 100 Greatest Singles of All Time (1989) 15

    “I Got Stung” gets less critical love.

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