Thursday, December 31

stay away, joe

Not an insane huge Elvis fan, but have a few coffee table books, read some bios, friends send me Elvis Christmas cards, have his portrait up in the kitchen [all true -ed.]; OK, maybe a bit of a fan... Those Louisiana Hayride days must have been off the chain, have a few of those early recordings. Admittedly, Elvis' movies are a pretty *ahem* mixed bag and Stay Away, Joe came near the end of the film days. Sidenote, Jailhouse Rock may be his best imho; just cut out the campy Jailhouse Rock song/set piece itself. The end fight between Elvis and old Hunk; "I'm gonna beat hell outta you boy..." -great stuff.

Long/short, hadn't looked at Stay Away, Joe until a NYT article mentioned it (and I then proceeded to leave an incoherent comment, good for the 10engines stock...) but it is pure fencepost prAWn. Bathtub-bleached denim on Elvis, pleated unwashed jackets on everyone else. Snap shirts for everybody. The greek chorus of mangy dogs, and sleepy bull motif has legs but atrocious otherwise, borderline offensive...












5 comments:

www.camping-r-us.com.au said...

Came across this site by pure accident, searching "camping" in google.Couldn't believe it when Elvis my absolute boyhood hero jumped out at me.
All my boyhood memories flooded back to me. It was in the late 1950 s and was a young boy when we first heard of Elvis. We never saw what he looked like until many years later, but his songs captivated the young. Sadly he was soon banished from the radio

www.camping-r-us.com.au said...

Sorry, ran out of space, just wanted to thank you so much for the Elvis pictures. We grew up in Africa, there was no TV and I have NEVER seen these pictures

louise and nivaldo de lima said...

Great images!

e said...

that flick is far more than borderline offensive. nice styling though.

MP said...

One thing always comes to mind when I see blue jeans in movies of this era-
Why the high-water pants? How is it that NO ONE in the production company noticed how ridiculous it looked to have half your cowboy boots showing below the hem of your jeans?