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NIK TURNER ICU - MAXIMUM EFFECT - BONES OF ELVIS - STEVE TOOK {EX-TYRANNOSAURUS REX}


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Hawkwind's NIK TURNER with ICU - MAXIMUM EFFECT - "BONES OF ELVIS" = followed by a rare STEVE TOOK track...review ]by Dave Thompson
The Nik Turner faithful declare Maximum Effect to be Inner City Unit's finest hour -- and, from the moment the rabidly hypnotic "Bones of Elvis" kicks in, it's impossible to disagree. As frighteningly appropriate in the first half of the 21st century as it was a full 25 years before, this (presumably) tongue-in-cheek examination of hero-worshiping jingoism at its ugliest might well be the finest antiwar song of the post-Vietnam era, and the fact that scarcely anyone has ever heard of it only adds to its potency. At last, a revolution you can stage in the privacy of your own brain. The remainder of Maximum Effect, while not as strong as the opening track (what could be?), is nevertheless as promising, with only the group's growing penchant for "obvious" humor detracting from some excellent performances. Indeed, whereas Pass Out, the band's debut album, made a virtue of its raggedness, Maximum Effect sounds practically state of the art -- which may have come as a shock at the time, with the memory of the band's contemporary live show seared into the brain, but is almost reassuring today. It proves that Nik Turner and Inner City Unit really were as great as one remembers them to have been. Nik Turner's Inner City Unit, Bones of Elvis, - Elvis Presley, American dream,
came from Memphis, Tenessee,
All white black boy, loved his Mom,
Packed a rod, popped Valium,
Drove a Lorry, Became King,
Made some records, learned to sing,
Got ripped off by Uncle Sam,
Joined the Army, became a Man,
Made some Films, went to bed,
Ate loads of Junk food, dropped down dead,
TV Flash, Announcers say
"Elvis the first has passed away"
Millions of tears in '77,
they laid him down, in Hamburger Heaven
Record sales went through the roof,
(Colonel Tom is living proof)
No-one needs a star that walks,
No-one has to pay a corpse,
Rake in profits, from the door,
put a show on, in New York,
Here he is in Disneyland,
Playing another one night stand,
Six Million Dollars has been spent, to make him President,

We're going to raise, the bones of Elvis,
We're going to raise, the bones of Elvis,
E- Everlasting,
L- Life,
V- Via,
I- Induced,
S-Suspended animation,

From Graceland to the Promised land, all through that Commie War,
As Famine spread throughout the land, and Robots killed the poor,
And down south, there's this rumour,
they say he didn't die,
Just sitting in an icebox,
like Grandma's Apple pie,
while a man dressed all in Army green,
with a phone right by the door,
just waiting for an urgent call, about that nuclear war,

We're going to raise, the bones of Elvis,
We're going to raise, the bones of Elvis,
E- Everlasting,
L- Life,
V- Via,
I- Induced,
S-Suspended animation,

Come here , Kid, gimme that Guitar,
Take this Rifle, I'm gonna give you a haircut,
make a man out of you, show you how to kill,
I want you to take this Bible in your left hand,
raise your right hand, and repeat after me,
I swear by Almighty God,
I will give my Life for my Country,
I will give my Wife for my country,
I will give my Sister's new baby for my Country,
I will give my Daddy's Cadillac, for my Country,
I will give my Ma's new slimline Vibrator for my Country,
I will give my Uncles Kidney shaped swimming pool for my Country,
Cuz my Country is the Promised Land,
and God is my President,
my President is God,
My Raaawhide,...

Kill a Gook for God,
Kill a Wop, for God,
Kill a Spic for God,
Kill a Red for God,
Kill a Mick, for God,
Kill a Kraut for God,
Kill a Frog, for God,
Kill a Limey for God,
Kill a Spade for God,
Kill a Wog, for God,
Kill a Dago, for God,
Kill a Paki, for God,
Kill a Ay-rab, for God,
Kill a Yid, for God,
Kill a Chink, for God,
Kill a Chick, for God,

We're going to raise, the bones of Elvis,
We're going to raise, the bones of Elvis,
E- Everlasting,
L- Life,
V- Via,
I- Induced,
S-Suspended animation,



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