Elvis inside of them
An Explanation(?) of The Strangemen
They have been described as "Elvis meets The X-Files" and their
combination of rockabilly guitars and other-worldly hair-do's makes such
references fit like a sequined jumpsuit.
They are The Strangemen - a bizarre conglomeration of musical misfits
who have come to our planet to rock it into the stratosphere.
Lead by the theatrical antics of Captain Ernest Summertime, Los Hombres
Extranjeros also include a rhythm section of drummer Mondo Raceway and
bass-man Magic Dave Deltona and the twelve-stringed attacks of Les More and
"Handsome" Dick Vitalis.
According to Captain S., the Men were abducted by aliens in 1995.
"We were somewhere outside of Tulsa with our last $3.85 after another dead
end gig," the Captain ernest-ly explains. 'Suddenly, bingo! A flash of light
and I don't know what happened next."
After appropriate probings and genetic experimentation, the well-coifed
quintet was thankfully returned to Earth to carry out a special purpose.
"It has been deemed (or doomed) our mission to return civilization to utopia
amidst such realities as electronic pollution and web rage," the good
Captain explains. "Our agenda includes the maps to the universe. The keys to
Atlantis and a strange reverence for Elvis Presley and all things American."
Principle among these, Captain S. says, is Rock & Roll.
"To accompany our sound, we have invited all the great influences from
the entire Rock era," Summertime 'splains. "We pay homage to the greatest
because who wouldn't given the opportunity. We pull from the lazy susan of
Rock & Roll, but our biggest portion is the fried peanut butter and bacon."
And therein lies the connection to The King.
"We like to have fun and a lot of people have fun listening to, looking at,
laughing at Elvis and riding with The King, so to speak. Some of us just
can't get enough," the Captain admits. "We don't live and breathe it but we
love it. It's a tributary thing. Our music is R&B and he was the King of
But wait- I thought Elvis was 'The King of Rock & Roll.'
The Captain clarifies.
"As Little Richard, the reigning king of Rock & Roll, said, there's no such
thing as Rock & Roll. R&B had a baby and it was named Rock & Roll."
Speaking of 'babies,' Summertime suggests that he and his Bryl-cremed
brethren might actually be the illegitimate kids of The King.
"A least that what The Weekly World News said," Summertime smiles.
And where is 'Dad' now?
"He's everywhere and we're all Ahabs to Elvis's Moby Dick," the Captain
cryptically claims, quoting his all-too appropriate song "Elvis Inside of
"There's even a little Elvis in Britney Spears, by golly!"
Oops! He did it again!
Geographically speaking, Summertime says that he is most probably in E
lDorado, though he claims to have seen at least a spectral incarnation of
Poppa Presley at Graceland a while back.
"I was on a cross-country quest for eternal Americana," quoth The
Captain. "We were heading through Memphis en route to Route 66."
After recording a single at the legendary Sun Studios, Summertime went on
the famous Graceland tour. In his attempt to film every aspect of the home
and grounds, Summertime became separated from his group and decided to take
his time through the patchworked palace.
"Let's just say I partied in The Jungle Room," Summertime smirks.
As he was waiting for the next tram out, The Captain looked back towards the
"Lo and behold there was this cool cat ," The Captain recalls. "He had the
jewelry, the hair and the nice suit . There was no doubt about it , It was
From that moment on (and with the help of the aliens), Ernest knew his
So how have the Men fulfilled their mission?
"We deliver a sci-fi surfabilly phenomenon unparalleled in these parts," the
Captain claims. "This side of Mississippi, at least."