Episode 013: Liars – They Were Wrong, So We Drowned / Bubba Ho-Tep
I am almost certain – almost – that Elvis Presley’s life unfolded exactly how it’s depicted in Don Coscarelli’s fantastic horror/comedy/drama Bubba Ho-Tep. Perhaps not all the way down to the mummy fighting, but close. As in, I’m of the mind (this is Ryan, let’s get that straight right now) that the king went on living after ’77, making a living as the best Elvis impersonator Texas had to offer. And why not? All he had to do was play himself. Coscarelli gives ammunition here to all the conspiracy theorists who shouted “Elvis lives!” throughout the 1980s, and indeed, as one of them, I carry the torch of the devoted to this day. Bubba Ho-Tep was pretty much how I envisioned it playing out.
Let’s also say that Ossie Davis as JFK was inspired casting, to say the least. And it’s Bruce Campbell in the Elvis role, for goodness’ sake.
Let’s also say that Liars’ They Were Wrong, So We Drowned is so good that I listen to it pretty much every October on repeat. (It’s an October album, truly and completely, having to do with witches and all.) It’s so good that I actually approached drummer Julian Gross at the merch table at a Liars show and told him that. And I never do that. I hate that – I couldn’t imagine being in the musician’s shoes, having fans tell you how great you are. Screw that. Anyway, he seemed genuinely touched. Then I bought a shirt.