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Classic album covers minus deceased band members

Over the weekend, when the sad news spread about the passing of Tommy Ramone, a really touching image circulated online, showing the Ramones debut LP, then the same cover with Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee Photoshopped out, and then, at last, Tommy removed as well. Dangerous Minds even shared it on our Facebook page.

The middle image, of Tommy standing alone in front of that iconic brick wall, seems to have come from a Tumblr called “Live! (I See Dead People),” which is devoted entirely to skillfully removing deceased musicians from their LP covers—sort of like “Garfield Minus Garfield,” but with a more serious intent. The subjects range from cult figures like Nick Drake to canonical rock stars like Nirvana and The Doors, and the results are often quite poignant. The blog hasn’t been updated in almost three years, so it seems unlikely the artists behind this project, Jean-Marie Delbes and Hatim El Hihi, will re-do that Ramones cover. Indeed, their Morrison Hotel still features Ray Manzarek, who passed on a little over a year ago.

New York Dolls, s/t

Ol Dirty Bastard, Return to the 36 Chambers

Nick Drake, Bryter Layter

The Who, Odds & Sods

Johnny Thunders, So Alone

George Harrison, All Things Must Pass

Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit

Jeff Buckley, Grace

The Doors, Morrison Hotel

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Double Fantasy

The Clash, s/t

Elvis Presley, s/t

Hat-tip to Derf for this find.

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My Papadum Told Me: The Sikh Elvis impersonator who just wants to shake his turban
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Peter Singh

Peter Singh, stealing the spotlight from The Clash
Since we’ve recently covered both Orion and El Vez here on Dangerous Minds, I felt I had a moral imperative to spread the good word about Peter Singh, the Sikh manifestation of Elvis! Born in Punjab, Pakistan, Peter moved to England when he was just ten years old and eventually settled in Swansea, Wales. His unique stage persona was born after he was visited by Elvis in a dream in 1980—aren’t we all?—when Singh would have been around the highly sensible age of 33. He felt truly moved, as if by a higher calling, proclaiming in a 1990 interview:

‘‘Elvis said I would entertain millions of people, and that I would be wearing a white suit. Three weeks later, I had the white suit. Now I’m the rocking Sikh. I don’t smoke dope. I don’t drink bourbon. All I want to do is shake my turban.”

This short documentary from 1986 gives some dimension to might otherwise be a patronizing account of an immigrant man with eccentric hobby. Commentary from members of Peter’s musical accompaniment, the Welsh group Man, show an absolute faith in his connection with The King, and they reject the suggestion that Singh is a mere novelty act. He may be funny guy doing Elvis-inspired songs about turbans and bhindi bhaji, but he’s also a fascinating and deep person. Though the film takes an intense turn when Peter starts talking about losing his young son, he’s ultimately a happy guy with a curry shop and a supportive family—though his kids prefer Michael Jackson and pop-and-lock to their father’s Elvis hip swivel.

Peter Singh and The Poppadoms still perform the world over.

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‘Stranger In My Own Town’: Rare X-rated recording by Elvis Presley
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Pop Culture

A Stranger In My Own Town

Here’s a rarity: Elvis Presley’s down and dirty cover of Percy Mayfield’s Stranger In My Own Town. The Houndblog uploaded this raunchy and bluesy number to his website and Dangerous Minds’ Ron Nachmann brought it to my attention. I’ve heard a lot of bootleg recordings of Elvis cussin’, but this one is The King at his foulmouthed best. In addition, his singing is pretty damn soulful.

I added Stranger In My Own Town as the audio track on this video montage of Elvis clips, which includes some cool home movie footage.

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Elvis Presley and Johnny Thunders: The French Quarter connection
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Johnny Thunders
Patti Paladin

In the first half of this video mix, Elvis sings the sultry tune “Crawfish” (written by Ben Weisman and Fred Wise) from the movie King Creole. Part two is Johnny Thunders and Snatch’s Patti Palladin doing their take on the song. Both versions are ultra-groovy and share a similarly soulful vibe. Elvis got out of New Orleans alive, Johnny did not.

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Kentucky Elvis: Sin Filled Life
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Kentucky Elvis sings his own special rendition of Suspicious Minds at his church, but his version is called Sin Filled Life.

Via Christian Nightmares

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Elvis: Transhumanist
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h+ Magazine points to this great 3quarksdaily essay about Elvis as a transhumanist. I’ll buy that one. 20th century celebrity was basically a transhumanist strategy anyway, and Elvis was, well, the king…

Occasionally an idea will come to mind that’s claimed quickly and eloquently by someone else before you have a chance to execute it.  When Michael Jackson died I began dabbling with the subject of Jackson as Transhumanist, but my piece was only half-written when RU Sirius pretty much nailed the topic.  Nick Gillespie at Reason found the key lines from Sirius:  “Michael Jackson is obviously not an example of transhumanism to be followed.  But he is a signpost on the road to post-humanity. I believe the future will study him from that perspective, and in some odd way, it will learn from his many mistakes.”

Well said, and lesson learned:  When it comes to the world of ideas, if you snooze you lose.  (Unless you enhance your work capabilities with Provigil, of course, in which case you won’t do as much snoozing.)  But although the Michael Jackson moment has come and gone, a new event was commemorated this week:  the 75th birthday of Elvis Presley. Elvis was the primogenitor, the Omo I of rock and roll culture.  He didn’t just “ship a lot of units,” as they used to say in the record biz (back when there was a record biz.)  He changed everything.

Elvis was certainly considered different.  From his early days on he was an agent of radical transformation in sexuality, culture, and appearance.  At nineteen, he and his musicians seemed so unusual to the announcer at the Louisiana Hayride that he was asked, on the air, “You all geared up with your band there?”

“I’m all geared up!”  Elvis answered.

(3quarksdaily: Was Elvis a transhumanist?)

(Jack Womack: Elvissey)

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Elvis Robot Talks And Sings Without “Skin”
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I really don’t think this was necessary. Thanks WowWee!
(via Unique Daily)

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