Thursday, May 21, 2009
Question: What do you get when you cross G.G. Allin, 300+ lbs. of sweaty Elvis impersonator, early Sabbath, and a huge marching band?
Answer: EXTREME ELVIS, of course! (pictured at left, astride a midget)
E.E. burst onto the San Francisco music scene right around the turn of the millenium in a maelstrom of nudity, bodily fluids, sexual assault, broken equipment, and good old ROCK AND ROLL. Although some saw his live performances as contrived (his act was a combination of the vulgar stage antics of the late Mr. Allin and another late 90's SF local known as Nude Elvis), E.E. concerts were the place to be if you wanted to be punched, fondled, pissed on, or have a poo-flecked microphone shoved in your face. He performed not only the classics of Elvis Presley, but over-the-top renditions of the songs of many 70's singers and metal groups, both with his own backing band (who were usually naked as well) and also the notorious SF collective known as the Extra Action Marching Band.
Enjoy a video of Extreme Elvis performing Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath" with the help of the Extra Action Marching Band (shot by my bro Kevin Brown - to check out his HUGE collection of Bay Area concert footage, click here):
(You can check out more E.E. audio/video here)
Right: E.E. rocks the most "extreme" case of Mammal Toe ever documented in the history of Western civilization.
For a brief, shining moment, Extreme Elvis achieved enough notoriety to be featured in both Maxim and Blender, but unfortunately he dropped off the radar around 2006, amidst rumors of FBI harassment and allegations of copyright infringement. His official website disappeared altogether, and to date there isn't even an E.E. Wikipedia page. Alas, the world was not prepared for his unique style of gonzo entertainment, and although his morbidly obese visage has all but vanished from the public eye, this particular Bro will always remain in the hearts and memories of his dedicated fan base (whether they like it or not).
While I've had the distinct priviledge of seeing plenty of impressive live acts in my four-or-so years in the Bay Area, including (but not limited to) Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Heaven And Hell, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, At The Gates, King Diamond, Repulsion, Nile, Suffocation, M.I.A., Carcass, Behemoth, Vader, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Satyricon, Gogol Bordello, Cannibal Corpse, Necrophagist, 3 Inches Of Blood, Gwar, The Arcade Fire (SO WHAT?!?), DMBQ, Thor, Dethklok, The Melvins, Alice Donut, Cryptopsy (pre-sellout), Yes, Dream Theater, Barry Manilow, Fantomas, Brujeria, Finntroll, Melt-Banana, Hammers of Misfortune, Cattle Decapitation (TOO many times), Neurosis, Slough Feg, DragonForce, Slayer, Impaled, Kreator, Ween, Ludicra, Anthrax, and Pentagram (actually, that one's not until July 2nd...), I came too late to ever see Extreme Elvis rock the stage in person. Which pretty much cancels everything else out.
ADDED BONUS: Need something to cheer you up today? How 'bout a clip of a bird shitting in a news reporter's mouth: