Just last night DJ Escarlatta (KXLU Wednesdays 10-2pm) asked me if I have heard this record before. She’s all “yeah man, I just discovered it the other day during my show.” And I was like, “are you fucking kidding me? Have I, the International Voice of Reason, heard fucking Alec Empire vs. Elvis Presley before? Where have you been missy?” And then I spat in her face and kicked her out of a moving car.
I guess I took it for granted that the world has had sufficient time to have absorbed this by now. One of the greats right here. I learned something today too when googling for the cover image. According to wikipedia:
Empire recorded vs. Elvis in 1998 after returning home to Berlin from a tour of the United States with his band Atari Teenage Riot. As a method of escape from the digital hardcore sound he became interested in Elvis, watching all of his movies. Inspired, he collected two hours worth of samples and mixed them in his own particular style, the result of which caused his girlfriend at the time to leave him.
Originally intended for release on his DHR Limited label, Empire ran into problems when attempting to release the album as the Elvis samples were used without permission from the Presley Foundation. Concerned at the prospect of legal action Empire decided not to release vs. Elvis on DHR, and instead pressed a few copies for friends and DJs. In a record store in New York in 1999, Empire to his surprise discovered a vinyl copy of the recording that had been pressed by El Turco Loco (“The Mad Turk”), an obscure label owned by former Matador Records artist Khan.