Besides fans ripping off other fans with their useless bootleg releases – and I do mean the real useless ones, the news reached a new high in blackness with an EPE press release about Elvis imposters yesterday.
I am not an EPE fan, and in reality I will never turn my back to Elvis’ music (as I stated in a first reaction to the news). Speaking out I am an Elvis fan is something different though. Until now I am used by the regular remarks like “how many jumpsuits do you have”, “where is your Elvis-wig” and other semi comic outings. At the moment I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed hoping that this press release will not leak in our national press. Otherwise I will have to fight the battle I fought for so long in the 1970s and 1980s again. I really hoped that would not be necessary anymore.
Ernst and Co. did a lot of good in the 1990s with releases like “The King Of Rock’n’Roll”, “Elvis56”, the other master box sets and so on. EPE/ BMG did it with the DVD (set)s for Aloha and the Comeback special. Even the remixes that I dislike from the bottom of my heart did it… Finally Elvis got wide recognition for his qualities and his music became more important than his looks (being it positive or negative).
Now that EPE is putting the spotlight on those morons that think that wearing a jumpsuit and wig makes you a good singer… my God, how low can you go? Not so long ago EPE positively surprised me with the news they were trying to fight those idiots, in an attempt to save the trademark and now they’ve turned 180 degrees.
There can only be one conclusion. EPE is only working for those stupid (American) female fans that walk their dogs on an Elvis chain, using an Elvis scoop to remove the dirt and wearing their blinking Elvis button while listening of course to their only Elvis cassette “Elvis in Hollywood”, fantasizing of being taken by him or an imposter.
I have said it many times before, and I’ll stick to it: the only good impersonator is a dead impersonator. That is MY opinion.