Sunday, September 05, 2010

Elvis Is Everywhere

Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper



Review by Kieran McCarthy

When Mojo Nixon and his partner in silliness, Skip Roper, released Bo-Day-Shus!!! in 1987, it opened a Pandora's Box of attention for the charismatic funnyman. The song "Elvis Is Everywhere" found itself on television and radio programs all over the United States. As did its author, who became a part-time VJ on MTV on the heels of its success. Not every joke Mojo Nixon lets fly on Bo-Day-Shus! is a knee-slapper, but one cannot deny his persistence. If you don't like the first quip, he might catch you on the second one, or the tenth. And if you never laugh, well, he'll keep going anyway. That's what he does. "Elvis Is Everywhere plays out as you'd expect: Nixon rants about how Elvis constructed the Great Pyramids of Giza and claims that he can see the King in everyone around him, while Roper backs him up with a pre-Beatles bluesy riff. The Story of One Chord is no less self-explanatory: He sings of a time when prehistoric man had only one chord to play on their primitive two-string guitars. In "I Ain't Gonna Piss in No Jar," Nixon threatens to personally deliver his marijuana-contaminated urine to the first lady herself, Nancy Reagan. None of the songs are brilliant, but every track is worth at least a couple of chuckles.

  1 Elvis Is Everywhere 
  2 We Gotta Have More Soul! 
  3 I Ain't Gonna Piss in No Jar 
  4 The Polka Polka  
  5 I'm Gonna Dig up Howling Wolf 
  6 The Story of One Chord 
  7 Gin Guzzlin' Frenzy 
  8 B.B.Q. U.S.A. 
  9 Positively Bodies Parking Lot 
  10 Wash No Dishes No More 
  11 Lincoln Logs  
  12 Wide Open 
  13 Don't Want No Foo-Foo Haircut on My Head

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d2o said...

There's definitely a tonne of Elvis in you! Thanks for posting this one! Hugely appreciated

Spiderjeru said...

I've been looking for this one for AGES. If you download only one Mojo Nixon, this is it. (Why is this still out-of-print?) Many, many thanks!