Friday, May 15, 2009

Elvis goes psychedelic

I have to admit that I was a bit surprised to see that Academy Award-winning screenwriter and film director Cameron Crowe chose Elvis Presley and his performance of "Edge of Reality" from Live A Little, Love A Little as number eight in his "Top 10 Musical Moments in Film". The list is featured in the latest issue of the film magazine Empire.

At the same time I was rather pleased as Live A Little, Love A Little is one of my favourite Elvis movies. Also, I've always had a soft spot for "Edge Of Reality" that was used in the dream sequence in the film. Cameron Crowe justifies his choice like this:

Elvis' weariness and unpreparedness sometimes created seismically funny and unintentionally profound sequences like this one. Turn it up and groove out to E's only true foray into psychedelia. It's no "She Said She Said" but it's appropriately trippy and you can't quite believe it exists.

The dream sequence is weird stuff indeed, having Elvis wearing a tailored set of pajamas and singing about a girl with a nameless face (Bernice) driving him to the point of madness. Certainly not your average movie song lyrics, but entertaining and yes, psychedelic. See for yourself.

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