An 'Annoying Music' Tribute to Elvis Elvis has been dead 30 years this August. Jim Nayder, host of The Annoying Music Show, shares some of the worst music performed by Elvis impersonators — and by the King himself.
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Thirty years ago, the King of Rock 'n' Roll died, or disappeared at any rate, and hasn't been seen outside of the pages of the Weekly World News. If the stages of grief are shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, Elvis fans have added another - imitation.

(Soundbite of song, "That's All Right Mama")

Mr. EILERT PILARM (Elvis Recreationist): (Singing) Mama she done told me, Papa told me, too, son, that gal you're fooling with, she ain't no good for you. But, that's all right, that's all right. That's all right now, mama, anyway you do.

SIMON: Jim Nayder, host of "The Annoying Music Show" out of Chicago, joins us with an assortment of tributes that I hope get better than that.

Jim, how are you?

Mr. JIM NAYDER (Host, "The Annoying Music Show"): Scott, as always when I'm invited on your program, I feel like death eating a cracker.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: All right. Well...

Mr. NAYDER: Well, maybe today it should be like Elvis eating a cracker.

SIMON: A peanut butter and banana...

Mr. NAYDER: Banana. Yeah.

SIMON: ...smeared cracker, I should think. All right. Let's jump right in. What have you got for us?

Mr. NAYDER: Well, we just heard, of course, our most requested Elvis recreationist, and of course, from the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, Sweden. That was Sweden singing sensation Eilert Pilarm. And we played that one, "All Right Mama" because Elvis always stated his Mama Gladys was the most important woman in his life.

Scott, do you read the newspapers?

SIMON: Of course not, I'm in the news business, but why?

Mr. NAYDER: Well, based on your program, I couldn't tell.

(Soundbite of laughter)


Mr. NAYDER: As you know our favorite son here in Illinois, Barack Obama, got into a little conflict with Pakistan last week over some comments. I'm sure he could have avoided all controversy if he simply said, we'll target this next artist for a personal bombing.

(Soundbite of song, "Viva Las Vegas")

PIRANHA MAN (Recreationist): (Singing) Viva Las Vegas. Viva Las Vegas. Viva Las Vegas. Viva, viva Las Vegas.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Now, I'm deeply moved.

Mr. NAYDER: That's Piranha Man from Pakistan from his breakthrough album "Blowing Goats."

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Oh, wait. What?

Mr. NAYDER: It's true.

SIMON: That's not really the title of the album.

Mr. NAYDER: It is. That's the actual name of the album.

SIMON: Try and make this newsworthy. You're thinking if General Musharraf said that they're going to bring this man back instead of Osama bin Laden, the table could be set right.

Mr. NAYDER: Yes. It opens the whole weapons of mass destruction cycle again, you know.

SIMON: I understand that there are some impersonators, Elvis impersonators, who...

Mr. NAYDER: Recreationists.

SIMON: Recreationists - I beg your pardon - who are very young. Is that true?

Mr. NAYDER: Yes. One of his best-selling albums was "You'll Never Walk Alone," and it's from the very moving and inspirational song. Except when sung by a favorite young artist of "The Annoying Music Show."

(Soundbite of song "You'll Never Walk Alone")

YOUNG RICK (Recreationist): (Singing) When you walk through a storm hold your head up high, and don't be afraid of the dark.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. NAYDER: That's Young Rick, "You'll Never Walk Alone." He's a 6-year-old young man in our "Annoying Music Show" witness protection program.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. NAYDER: And we discovered his singing, surprisingly, serves a vital purpose. Many medical facilities play Young Rick attempting to wake up long-term coma patients.

SIMON: I bet it works. All right. You're supposed to introduce the next one.

Mr. NAYDER: Well, this next song, you know, is kind of surprising. We're doing Elvis covers, but that the most annoying Elvis cover would be Elvis himself.

(Soundbite of song, "Old MacDonald")

Mr. ELVIS PRESLEY (Singer): (Singing) Old MacDonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o. And on that farm he had some pigs, ee-i-ee-i-o. With an oink, oink here, an oink, oink there. Pigs everywhere in sight, and when those pigs got out of line, pork and beans at night. With an oink, oink here, an oink, oink there.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Oh. How? Who? How? Why did he even record this?

Mr. NAYDER: Well, this is one of those songs from his movies, the movie "Double Trouble," thank you, Colonel Parker. And by the end of the song, Elvis has eaten virtually ever animal on the farm, which could explain his vast weight by the end of his life.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: It was all for his art. That one was so dreadful. I don't want to wind up with it. Is there something else?

Mr. NAYDER: Oh, yes. So we thought the great Filipino spawn of Elvis, RenElvis, speaks for us best today with these lyrics.

Mr. RENE "RENELVIS" ESCARCHA: (Singing) It seems correct to think that my idol Elvis Presley is alive and well today.

SIMON: Jim, it's always wonderful to have you on.

Mr. NAYDER: That...

SIMON: Well, I don't mean that, but reflexively that's how I say this.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Thank you. That's actually what we do when we're trying to get rid of people. Yeah?

Mr. NAYDER: It's in your script. TCB, Scott. Thanks for taking care of business every Saturday.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Exactly right. Jim Nayder, host of the "Annoying Music Show," WBEZ in Chicago, a program that's run by scores of fanatical public radio stations that have run out of better ideas.

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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