Trouble (Elvis Presley song)

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"Trouble"
Song by Elvis Presley from the album King Creole
Released September 19, 1958
Recorded January 15, 1958
Genre Blues
Length 2:16
Label RCA Victor
Writer Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
King Creole track listing
"Hard Headed Woman"
(3)
"Trouble" "Dixieland Rock"
(5)

"Trouble" is a blues song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, originally performed by Elvis Presley in 1958 and covered by a number of artists in later years, most notably by Amanda Lear.

Background[edit]

Elvis Presley performed the song in the 1958 motion picture King Creole, and his recording was included on the soundtrack of the same name. "Trouble", featuring Scotty Moore on guitar, was one of only three songs written by Leiber and Stoller for the feature. Presley's performance in the film alludes to Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. "If you're looking for trouble", he intones, "then look right in my face. Because I'm evil. My middle name is Misery". Music critic Maury Dean suggests that "Trouble", with Presley's "growling snarl", is one of the earliest proto-punk rock songs.[1]

Ten years later, Presley opened his 1968 comeback special with this number. With dark, moody lighting highlighting his sneer, the sequence alluded to Presley's checkered past and "dangerous" image and served to prove that the singer was still "sexy, surly and downright provocative".[2][3] The piece then segued into "Guitar Man" against a "Jailhouse Rock" backdrop featuring male dancers in cells. Presley performed the song several times on tour in the early 1970s and unofficial recordings of these performances have circulated. In 1975, Presley recorded "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" for a single, but this is a completely different song.

The song was included in the musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe.

Amanda Lear version[edit]

"La Bagarre"

1976 single cover, West Germany
Single by Amanda Lear
from the album I Am a Photograph
B-side "Lethal Leading Lady"
Released 1975
Format 7"
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:40
Label Polydor, Creole, Ariola
Writer(s) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Vline Buggy
Amanda Lear singles chronology
"La Bagarre"
(1975)
"Blood and Honey"
(1976)

Singer and model Amanda Lear recorded a French-language version of "Trouble", retitled as "La Bagarre", with new lyrics written by Vline Buggy. The cover was released as her debut single in France and Belgium in 1975 by Polydor Records, with "Lethal Leading Lady" on the side B, a song co-written by Lear. The single turned out a commercial failure and in 1976, an English-language version with original lyrics was released in the UK by Creole Records and other parts of Europe, again to no chart success.

Lear performed the song in an episode of Musikladen aired 29 May 1976 in West Germany, clad in black leather outfit, alluding to Presley's tough 1950s image.[4] The performance led Ariola Records to re-release "La Bagarre" and sign her to a six-album record contract. The single was also promoted by an appearance in German TV show 3 nach 9, where Amanda famously had to contradict the transsexual rumours.[5]

"La Bagarre" was included on Lear's 1977 debut album I Am a Photograph. However, it was removed from the track listing of subsequent pressings in favour of "Queen of Chinatown".

Track listing[edit]

A. "La Bagarre" – 3:40
B. "Lethal Leading Lady" – 2:50
A. "Trouble" – 3:40
B. "Lethal Leading Lady" – 2:50

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dean, Maury. Rock N Roll Gold Rush: A Singles Un-Cyclopedia p. 438.
  2. ^ Doll, Susan. Understanding Elvis: Southern Roots vs. Star Image 1998. p. 154.
  3. ^ Doll, Susan. Elvis for Dummies 2009. p. 182.
  4. ^ "La Bagarre Amanda Lear". YouTube. www.youtube.com. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "AMANDA LEAR - INTERVIEW "3NACH9" (GERMANY 29/05/1976)". 3 nach 9 (in English and German). www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  6. ^ "Amanda Lear - La Bagarre / Lethal Leading Lady (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "LA BAGARRE - 1975 France". amandalear_singoli.tripod.com. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Trouble / Lethal Leading Lady by Amanda Lear : Reviews and Ratings - Rate Your Music". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  9. ^ "TROUBLE - 1976 Spain". amandalear_singoli.tripod.com. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  10. ^ Auslander, Phillip. Performing Glam rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music 2006. pg 205
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert. Rock albums of the '70s: a critical guide 1990. pg 312
  12. ^ "Chart Stats - Gillan - Trouble". www.chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2011.