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Monday, 17 September 2012

Song of the week - Mr and Mrs Frankenstein

If Elvis Costello wasn’t doing jazz opera (or something) and he decided to write a song about a crazy celebrity couple, this sneering rant on hypocrisy and hubris would probably be it. The idea was to scratch the glossy surface of celebrity and find, not just vapidity, but a real heart of darkness … but in a funny way.  Imagine a TV show, something like ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’, in which a famous singer and his surgically-enhanced showbiz wife have to film a pop video in a shanty town somewhere on the edge of a major South American city.  The song lingers among the sights, the sounds and the smells, but the biggest stink by far comes from the attitude of the global superstar, believing –as he does- that he’s “off to meet the savages with a pocketful of beads.”
This track was recorded for an American podcast a couple of years ago and I think it’s actually better than the version that appeared on the first Eisenhowers album.  The album version is perhaps a bit fussier than it has to be, while this cut gets pretty directly to the point of the song.

The Eisenhowers - Mr and Mrs Frankenstein

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