Veni, Vidi, Viva Las Vegas!

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I've never heard an Elvis cover I liked better than the original... until now. Meet Dr. Jukka Ammondt, who sings the sweet songs of the King in Latin and Sumerian. The oeuvre includes "It's Now Or Never / Nunc hic aut numquam," "Can't Help Falling in Love / Non adamare non possum," and "Teddy Bear / Ursus Taddeus." Apparently, this isn't as much of a mismatch as it might seem:

Elvis would have fitted just fine in the Sumerian society, for love songs and intoxicating music were important parts of the enormously popular cult of the goddess Inanna. ... [However,] it was difficult to find Sumerian equivalents for certain modern concepts and words. For example, the Sumerians of course didn't have nylon socks, so I had to improvise and made it "cotton boots," Å¡uhub gu.

Note that Elvis-in-Latin should not be confused with the Latin Elvis.

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September 15, 2006 - 10:12am
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