THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING BAND-A Degradation Theory

"...my music is perfect, you could go back to Beethoven and s***, but as far as this lifetime, though, this is all you got." -Kanye West Since the Second Industrial Age began in the late 19th century, human civilization has been continuously shaped and reshaped by notable advancements in technology. With every relevant invention or improved method of production, merchants scurried for the latest competitive edge while their customers rushed the market in search of Read more

ROOM TO BREATHE (Chase The Sample Super-Mix)

Wooooooooo, this is fun!  When it comes to music, I love taking a concept as far as it can go, so the 'Room To Breathe (Chase the Sample Super-Mix)' is a perfect example of my arguably unhealthy obsession with developing a good theme to its full conclusion.  In the past, it was 'Meatshake' or 'Einstein Buys a Monkey' but in 2016, I came up with the idea of singling out an element from my Read more

ROOM TO BREATHE-The Free LP

I am very pleased to announce that Unique Records will be releasing my first ever solo album 'ROOM TO BREATHE-The Free LP'.  This record contains ten, high-velocity, Hip-Hop tracks for listeners who enjoy intricate, action-packed rhyming skill showcased over fresh loops and funky drums.  Lyrically, I pushed myself as far as I could go with regard to style, pace and feel and the result, in my untrustworthy opinion, is a seriously cool collection of Read more

THE ELVIS FILES (#006): Suspicious minds think alike

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Tricky Dick’ and ‘Mister Hips’

The year was 1970.  Vietnam War protesters paraded through the streets with tie-dyed clothing, unwashed hair and scraggly beards.  College students gathered on campus lawns to shout rebellious slogans, play acoustic guitars and overuse the word “Man”.  Policemen were the bad guys, bad guys were the heroes and, all of a sudden, women had opinions; Elvis decided he needed to save AmericaRead more

THE ELVIS FILES (#005): Badges

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Elvis Presley began his career as a handsome, Mississippi boy singing ‘Rockabilly’ and ‘Rhythm andElvis_Badge2cx Blues’ but, at some point, he became the biggest star in the world.  His mere photograph provoked emotional reactions from millions of fans and his actual presence set off chaotic frenzies.  With that in mind, it is, in my opinion, understandable that an individual who had such a powerful impact on the public would come to think that he or she was quite “Special” but Elvis Presley, as with most things, took egomania to a whole ‘nother level, mama.  In fact, Elvis actually became convinced that he was a high-powered, black belt (see file #002), government super-agent who was assigned to fight crime and save America; that’s not an exaggeration… 

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THE ELVIS FILES (#004): You ain’t no friend of mine

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Me against England

When ‘Beatlemania’ erupted in 1964, Elvis Presley was, outwardly, supportive of ‘The Fab Four’.  Presley sent the newly famous lads a congratulatory telegram which was read aloud by Ed Sullivan during the Beatles famous appearance on Sullivan’s weekly show and, a few years later, Presley invited John, Paul, George and Ringo to visit him in his Los Angeles home.  During this historic hang-out, Elvis became annoyed with his guests when, at some point during the afternoon, John Lennon made negative remarks about Presley’s pro-Lyndon Johnson table-lamps.  Lennon was emphatically opposed to LBJ’s Vietnam war policy and Elvis, an ex-serviceman and relatively patriotic American, thought Lennon, a foreigner, was wrong in criticizing the President of the United States…  Read more

THE ELVIS FILES (#003): A little more action

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Elvis needed to defend himself from all the ladies constantly surrounding him

Elvis Presley was a singer, a celebrity and a certified gun nut.  When he died at Graceland in 1977, authorities discovered 37 handguns, one machine gun and an unspecified number of shotguns on the property.  In addition to his own stash Presley outfitted most of his seedy friends (‘The Memphis Mafia’) with personalized .22mm’s and gave President Richard Nixon an engraved, colt 45 as a gift.  Elvis enjoyed busting off a couple shots now and again like the time he famously shot a television set when it had the nerve to broadcast a performance by Robert Goulet which we can all agree is somewhat understandable… Read more

THE ELVIS FILES (#002): Kung Fu, Kung Fu very much

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The emperor’s new clothes

Elvis Presley was introduced to martial arts in the late 1950’s during his 2-year Army stint but, years later, he began taking a real interest in Karate.  While ‘The King’ was an enthusiastic student, he never had the discipline or dedication to officially move up the ranks but, because he was Elvis Presley, no one, not even a sensei, dared to seriously scrutinize his skill and, before long, Elvis became convinced that he was an authentic, black-belt Karate master.  So enthusiastic was Presley about his ability, He even began to incorporate, somewhat comically, kicks and chops into his live performances.  But his greatest Karate exhibition came after a show…

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THE ELVIS FILES (#001): Monkey Chauffeur

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Elvis and his designated driver Scatter

Long before Michael Jackson posed for pictures with ‘Bubbles’, Elvis Presley shared his life with a wily chimpanzee named ‘Scatter’.  ‘The King’ deeply loved the antics of his monkey and constantly employed him for practical joking, often releasing him into a room full of gorgeous and well-groomed young ladies for the simple enjoyment of watching them try not to panic.  But the gag that took the banana is when Presley customized one of his limousines so that it could be driven from the backseat, outfitted Scatter in a limo driver’s suit and cap and placed the chimp at the wheel while Elvis and the ‘Memphis Mafia’ (his sordid group of sycophantic “friends”) sat in the rear behind tinted glass.  The boys drove around for hours at a time, laughing in hysterics at local motorists who stared in shocked disbelief at the sight of a monkey chauffeur.

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