Buzzed Bands Podcast, Ep. 2 w/ Cold Blood Club

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Elvis Hitler

When I was about 13 I was visiting my cousin in Belmar, NJ. I loved going there because there were a couple cool independent record stores in Belmar, which didn't exist in my town. As soon as I would unpack my shit I would ride my bike down to the record shop and dig through the used section.

One time I was with my pops and my brother, when one of us noticed a CD called Hellbilly by Elvis Hitler. Being 13 I thought the name was fucking hilarious - so did everyone else for that matter. My dad bought it as a joke - just because it was cheap. We played it when we got back to the house and my young ears thought it sounded just as ridiculous as the name suggested.

The CD kinda just sat in my closet collecting dust for a few years. At some point I really started getting into punk. One day I found this CD and popped it in and I was totally amazed. It's really badass psychobilly punk rock with a touch of thrash. I was right about one thing - it is ridiculous, but that's whats to love about it. It's the musical equivalent of a campy B-movie.

When I play this for people two-thirds of them look at me like "what the fuck is this crap?", the other third respond completely the opposite. I don't think there's an in between with a band like Elvis Hitler.

As I was writing this I Googled Elvis Hitler and apparently they reunited in 2003. There's a review of the show here.

Take a listen and let me know what you think, I'm curious if other people actually dig this.

Crush, Kill, Destroy - Elvis Hitler
Showdown - Elvis Hitler
Hang 'Em High - Elvis Hitler
Misanthropes - Elvis Hitler
Black Death On A White Horse - Elvis Hitler


Melvillain said...

i love i! thanks for sharing

Don Carp said...

I enjoyed your story of how you discovered Elvis Hitler.
My discovery started in 1983 when I had a computer class with a guy named John. I found out he played guitar & I since I played bass, we started hanging out. In 1984, I introduced him to a girl at my school that he eventually married, and I started a rockabilly band with his younger brother, Warren - called Don Carp & the Flying Guru's. We were co-winner's at the battle of the bands and played his school's sock-hop dance. Anyway, we remained friends for the next few years, as both John and Warren joined a band called ELVIS HITLER. I traveled with them to most of their local shows and had a blast!
I now live in a different part of the state from John & Warren, so I was unaware of the reunion show until today, but I see Warren is doing well with his other band (His Name IS Alive), and I hope they are all doing well!
I suggest you check out their other albums, and although I don't know how you'd find it, their first video, "Showdown", which MTV refused to play due to their name.
Also, I believe "I Love Your Guts" is played during the opening credits of the movie "Skinheads", starring Chuck Connors & Barbara Bain.
Green Haze Forever! Don Carp 4/7/06

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