You have to admit, Elvis inspires some interesting responses from his fans. People like to have fun with Elvis. Today, we do that with an Elvis icon — his famous gold lamé suit. Here are some of the clever ways it has been used.
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Elvis Bobble-Head: I love this because they have done a pretty good job capturing Elvis’ likeness. Maybe that’s just because the head is bigger than on other dolls or action figures. Elvis Bobblehead is eight inches tall, and they had about a third of that for the head. The suit looks dead-on, too. If the gold pants had looked that good on Elvis, he might have worn them longer.
Barbie and Elvis: Barbie must not have liked the gold pants any more than Elvis did. Here’s a doll with Elvis in just the gold jacket. I wish the picture was clearer so we could see how good the head design is. It looks like it might be pretty good. Sorry, but Barbie looks like a dip.
Action Figure, Baby, Action: This is what I call an action figure. The complete suit except for the tie. See the poster behind Elvis? The date is September 10, 1956. You know this is wrong, because Elvis first wore the gold lamé suit on April 28, 1957. I have a poster like that hanging near my computer, a gift from my sister-in-law. She thought she found such a steal at a sleepy antique store out in the country. The supposed appearance of Elvis in the gold suit was in Jacksonville on August 11, 1956. I never let her know she bought a phony.
Own Your Own: Here you go. For just $99 you can own your own gold lamé suit. No shirt, tie, or shoes, however. Elvis shades sold separately.
It’s Silver, Not Gold, and It’s a Jumpsuit: Maybe this shouldn’t be here, but I just couldn’t resist Rock Star Lamé. The designer combined two things Elvis is famous for—jumpsuits and shiny lamé—along with a Dracula cape and collar. Now there’s a hybrid he won’t have to pay royalties to Graceland for.
Wow, This is Some Book Cover: Obviously a story about Cleopatra, complete with an Elizabeth Taylor image. The cover mentions narcisic materilism, and unfortunately it seems they depict that with Elvis’ gold suit. I’m not sure what Van Gogh’s head has to do it. Pretty strange. Watch out with that knee, Cleopatra.
Elvis Plankwalker Replaces Luke Skywalker: This is the screwiest image. You have space creatures on a pirate ship making Elvis walk the plank. And he looks happy about it. This came from Star Wars: Episode Vl –Return of The Jedi. Of course, Star Wars superfans know that the space creatures are henchmen of Jabba The Hut, who has sentenced Luke to die. The gang plank is on a desert skiff, not an ocean ship, and they are pushing Luke into the Sarlaac Pit, where he will be breakfast for a sand-dwelling monster.
The Gold Suit Has A Double: Here’s a shot from the TV miniseries Elvis that ran on CBS back in May 2005. EPE backed this production, and they own the original suit, so you know they made an superb duplication of the famous gold lamé suit for the film. Take a close look at this incredible suit. How about those cuffs and lapels? Look at that skinny tie. If you have the DVD of Elvis, go to scene 10 and you can watch the Gold Lamé Suit performance over and over. Try lots of freeze, slo-mo and single frame advance. Somebody told me about that. I would never do such a silly thing myself.
And My Favorite: This picture has appeared in ElvisBlog before, and it is at the top of my favorites. The photo was taken on December 15, 2005 in Memphis after a Rolling Stones concert. The Elvis cardboard stand-up was backstage, and the fellows to posed for some shots. Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are super fans of Scotty Moore. I have a large reprint of this picture that Scotty autographed for me last year at Elvis Week. The next time I’m hanging out with Keith and Ronnie, I’ll get them to sign it, too.
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