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.