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Deconstructing "Heartbreak Hotel"

Around the time of the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, Brendan, of Milwaukee, asked me to play "Heartbreak Hotel", specifically John Cale's (Velvet Underground) version which, as he put it, "is a dark, brooding monster of a song", which I agree with. So we'll enjoy the Elvis original, the Cale version and as a bonus, The Residents' oddball version for good measure.


John Cale's version:


And for weirdness' sake, The Residents version: