Saturday, November 15, 2008

TERRY STAFFORD - Suspicion / Judy - Lana - 1964

So I kind of disappeared for a minute there, huh? What can I say? I've been really busy with a few other projects, and things in life got a little retarded, so this thing got neglected. Likely story, big deal.

Well, I've had this post saved as a draft for a really long time, and I finally realized that it's because I don't have a lot to say about this guy, so I'm not going to pretend that I do. The bottom line is that Suspicion is a great single, and Terry Stafford owes every bit of his (fleeting) success to Elvis and his producer. Elvis released Suspicion two years before Terry (on his Pot Luck LP,) but the Stafford version has a slightly different instrumental treatment that I think works a bit more effectively than Elvis'.

The B-side is nothing. Terry still does his best Elvis impersonation, but this time on a song that accomplishes nothing in it's entire 2.5 minutes.

I guess when you add it all up, Terry Stafford was kind of a hack. Well.. so what? It doesn't make his version of Suspicion any less enjoyable.



the family cat said...

Thats a pretty disgusting think to say about a recently deceased star who never did anything to you

psychedelic elvis said...

Every artist, living or deceased, who puts their art into a public forum should expect some degree of criticism. If you had read my whole post, all four epic paragraphs, you would have noticed equal parts praise and criticism for Terry, and more specifically, the record in question. Your comment is nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction to one side of a two sided story, and you're assumption that I would, or should, change my opinion of an artist or his/her art simply because they are recently deceased is just as small-minded. Thanks for stopping by..