March 5 — VIVA LAS VEGAS, Dead Kennedys (1980)

img_1695Ever since Friday night’s Vegas-themed fundraiser for the OKC Museum of Art, this song has been flashing through my mind. Co-written by the indefatigable Doc Pomus, the song was written for Elvis Presley’s 1964 film of the same name. But like everything Elvis touched, transcended genres, oceans and generations. Renditions have been used for a Viagra television commercial, in Scooby-Doo and Fred Flintstone movies, and were staples in the live sets of everyone from Springsteen to the Killers. It’s been covered by Chilean punk band Fiskales Ad-Hok, bluegrass band the Grascals, the honestly named Those Darn Accordions, and others, including San Francisco punk pioneers Dead Kennedys, who changed the lyrics to reflect a gambler who took cocaine and speed to “not sleep a minute away.”



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