Daily Archives: November 27, 2005



25,000 Hits


After a slow start in February, 2005, Elvisblog has seen steady growth in the number of visitors to the site.  On November 10, the 25,000th visitor checked in to read the latest nuggets of news, history, and commentary about Elvis.  Thanks for your continued support of Elvisblog.



Moving To A New Blogware Provider
Since its inception in February, Elvisblog has come to you on the free MyBlogSite platform.  At the end of November, they are shifting Elvisblog to BlogHarbor, a service with monthly charges.  It’s not too costly, so I will continue to post new, interesting articles on Elvis Presley every Sunday. 
If you checked into Elvisblog on Thanksgiving Day you certainly noticed the new ads.  This was something totally out of my control, and I derived no income derived from it.  I guess MyBlogSite figured they could do anything they wanted, since they were terminating my service in a week, anyway.  There will be no ads on the new Elvisblog on BlogHarbor, with the possible exception of me selling some of my Elvis stuff.


One advantage BlogHarbor offers is the ability to change your URL web address. Sometime before the end of the year, the web address for Elvisblog will be changing to www.elvisblog.net.  For a while after that, if you type in the original address, you will be switched automatically to www.elvisblog.net.  Unfortunately, they haven't confirmed how long this will go on, so it seems important to give advance notice now.  Please write down www.elvisblog.net somewhere, just in case you don’t visit the site again until March.  I’d hate for you to type in the old address, get a message saying the URL no longer exists, and not know how to find the site.  Remember, it will be www.elvisblog.net in 2006.


There is one Elvis movie you will never see available on DVD.  It truly is awful, but that’s what makes it such an interesting subject for an Elvisblog article.


My nominee for the worst Elvis movie of all time is “Stay Away, Joe.”  How many of you readers have even seen it?  Not too many, I’ll bet.  When it was released in 1968, it reached only #65 in the box-office rankings for the year.  Now, 37 years later, if the movie rating code included a “Not PC“ rating, “Stay Away, Joe” would get one.





The movie portrays young Indian men on a reservation in Arizona as beer-drinking, women-chasing hell-raisers, and Elvis (Joe Lightcloud) is right there with them for every brawl and midnight party.  The fights are almost slapstick and good-natured, but there’s a lot of them.  I did find some humor in their frequent runs to the liquor store to get more beer, and they sure could put away a lot of it. 





Elvis (Joe Lightcloud) in the Liquor Store



 A good bit of the total viewing time of the movie occurs while the boys are drunk.  After one all-nighter, Joe is found covered in beer cans under the front porch of the family’s ramshackle home.  It was supposed to be humorous, but I’ve got to think Native Americans would find these stereotypes highly offensive.


Fortunately, the worst totally-stupid drunk action is not done by Joe, but by his buddy Bronc.  The Lightcloud family had received 20 cows and a bull from the US government under an experimental program to show that reservation Indians weren’t lazy and shiftless.  All the Lightclouds had to do was raise and grow the herd.  Well, the night the cattle arrive, they have a huge drunken party on the spur of the moment.  There is no food, so Joe instructs Bronc to barbeque up one of the government cows.  Have you figured out what’s coming?  Of course, Bronc cooks and serves the bull, their only bull.  Uh-Ohh.


After blowing their opportunity, the family resorts to selling off the rest of the herd, one-by-one, to buy things they need for their home.  Just when it appears the worst fears of the govenment men have been realized, Elvis/Joe saves the day.  He comes up with a way to raise a bunch of cash quickly and bail out everything, but it’s pretty far-fetched.


There are two good things that can be said about “Stay Away, Joe.”  Elvis looks great — tanned and rugged in his redskin make-up.  Also, the credits open during extended aerial views of the beautiful redrock formations around Sedona, AZ, accompanied by an Elvis vocal on a serious western song, “Stay Away.”  It all feels like you are about to see a good western, but noooo…


Elvis does three other songs in the movie, and one is notable.  Elvis/Joe sings the song, “Dominique” about their replacement bull (selected by Bronc, of course), which has no interest whatsoever in chasing after any of those 20 lovely cows.  An ode to an impotent bull.  Very strange.




Elvis and Dominique the Impotent Bull



I have a VHS copy of “Stay Away, Joe.”  Someday, when I retire, I’ll put it up for sale.  I’m counting on its rarity to make it a desirable Elvis collectible.  I don’t think there are many of them around (and that’s probably how it should be).


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