Thursday, December 3, 2020


An infinite number of songs can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. I like that idea so much I'm writing a book about it. And I'm promoting that book with a weekly video series, discussing each of the book's chosen tracks one by one.

This week's video rant pounds the console on behalf of the undisputed king of rock 'n' roll Elvis Presley and his first # 1 hit, "Heartbreak Hotel" from 1956. I will concede the remote possibility that you don't already know the song, though I think you're prankin' me if you make that claim. GUARDS! Jeez, where's the freakin' security in this joint? Fine. The song is here, and my raving of its splendor and significance follows below:

All hail King Elvis I! If you dig these weekly videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel, and spread the word all along Lonely Street and beyond. NEXT WEEK: we turn to the roots of Elvis, with WILLIE MAE "BIG MAMA" THORNTON and her forgotten original of "Hound Dog." The infinite spins on.

THIS WEEK'S VIDEO: Elvis Presley, "Heartbreak Hotel"

GREM! # 6: The Sex Pistols,"God Save The Queen"

GREM! # 5: Dusty Springfield,"I Only Want To Be With You"

GREM! # 4: Chuck Berry, "Promised Land"

GREM! # 3: Baron Daemon and the Vampires, "The TransylvaniaTwist"

GREM! # 2: Badfinger, "Baby Blue"

GREM! # 1: The Ramones, "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"


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Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1)will contain 165 essays about 165 tracks, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of records can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (Volume 1). My weekly Greatest Record Ever Made! video rants can be seen in my GREM! YouTube playlist. And I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl.

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