Last week I caught some of VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. I didn’t see the whole series, but saw enough to learn they put Coldplay higher than Pearl Jam. So at that point, I stopped paying attention to what VH1 considers Greatest and All Time.
And don’t even get me started on U2 at #19. Shut UP VH1!
But I did happen to catch part of the final hour and was shocked, horrified – nay – APPALLED to find that the brain trust at VH1 put Elvis Aaron Presley at #8.
THE KING OF ROCK n’ ROLL AT NUMBER F’ING #8!!!!?!?!??!!
I saw this like, 5 days ago and I’m still pissed off about it!
Right after I graduated college some friends and I (oh you know Sarah was there!) drove across the country to move to LA and we spent a day in Memphis. Specifically we spent a day at Graceland. And when I say “a day” I mean from open to close. If they had let us sleep in the parking lot and eat chicken fried steaks for breakfast, we would have.
If you have never been to Graceland – first of all – what’s wrong with you?!? It’s a national treasure! Second of all – they brainwash you there. For real. You may go in thinking “Elvis was pretty cool.” Or “Elvis was a good singer”. But by the time you leave there you will be thinking, “ELVIS IS THE GREATEST HUMAN BEING WHO EVER EXISTED IN THE HISTORY OF TIME!!!!”
I’m not sure if it’s the Jungle Room, or the Eternal Flame, or the satin jumpsuits – but you emerge from Graceland with a whole new appreciation for The Man The Myth The King.
And c’mon – at least 80% of the musicians on VH1’s stupid list wouldn’t even BE if it weren’t for Elvis. Before him there was NO rock n’ roll for godssakes!!
As one of the VH1 commentator’s said:
Elvis is the one who created women fainting for rock stars