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Published on Nov 17, 2011
In 1990, Was (Not Was) published the album, Are You Okay?, which included the song, "Elvis's Rolls Royce," with Leonard Cohen as lead vocalist (and Iggy Pop contributing backing vocals). One suspects that it was fun to produce, and it's clearly fun to hear. My hope is that a video for the song will be fun to watch.
Considerable poetic license was involved in the composition of Elvis's Rolls Royce. Elvis owned many cars, including a Rolls Royce Phantom V he bought in 1961, but it wasn't gold (that was Elvis's Cadillac). Images in the accompanying video are likewise "inspired by" rather than "based on" Elvis's cars. Viewers are advised to rev up their "willing suspension of disbelief for the moment which constitutes poetic faith" (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria, 1817); a literal-minded perspective may result in significant cognitive whiplash.