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The Return of the Pearly King of Rock'n'Roll

Often the first with a stupid idea - Lake welcomes the White Stripes pearly phase...

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by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: June, 2007
We used to have crazy ideas about how to make it

The White Stripes new fashion concept reminded me of something I did way back in 1995 itself referring to an idea from a few years earlier. It was a track on my first record. It actually featured on a TV film once which meant I got some extra publishing money for it. I didn't see the show but I was told they only used the instrumental bit. Wise choice maybe.

English Presley - The Pearly King of Rock'n'roll

We used to have crazy ideas about how to make it,
Sitting in bars on the south coast,
The dead of winter.
All the rides and arcades closed down.

English Presley - The Pearly King of Rock'n'roll
Elvis in a pearl-buttoned jump suit.

We had the idea, the concept, even the name of the album
"Rocking and rolling out the barrel.
The king goes cockney."

Everything except the music.

Maybe that would have made it. Who knows.
They were right I guess.
They used to say if you two put a little effort into one of these things
instead of just sitting there talking shit to each other
then maybe one of them would come off.
We used to look at them, take a sip from our drinks and say
"Why thank you m'am"

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the first journalism Lake ever had published was a history of Johnny Thunders for Record Collector magazine, since then he has written for publications including the Guardian, Dazed and Confused, the Idler and more recently, outsideleft.com as you have just seen.

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