ELTON JOHN On Top Of The UK Singles Chart 50 Years Ago Today With ‘CROCODILE ROCK’

3 February 2023

It seems like megastar/songwriter and flamboyant personality/performer
ELTON JOHN (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight 75 years ago) is around like

Well, it is when you have a look at his catalog. 31 albums (so far) in 52 years
plus 5 collaborative LPs and 10 movie soundtracks. But also a countless series
of hit singles, including the flaming classic CROCODILE ROCK from his 1973 LP
Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player.

The single went to the top of the UK Singles Chart
50 years ago today, on 3 February 1973.

Studio version

Live version

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Confirmed By ELTON JOHN – Believe The YARD ACT Hype! Debut LP Is Out This Friday.

19 January 2022

If you can make it in Leeds, you can make it everywhere, and when iconic
crooner Elton John says he’s a fan (read all about it here) you know you’re
a crocodile rock band on the verge of world domination.

Anyway, on 4 August 2020 Turn Up The Volume wrote this about
the second single, titled Fixer Upper, by a band he discovered
called YARD ACT from Leeds…

“Prepare for a mind-messing crackerjack that’ll do your head in the way you like it. This funky
as bloody hell
banger sounds as if Mike Skinner and Sleaford Mods joined forces to experiment with intoxicating guitar riffs to turn up the decibels on for once. Fixer Upper is an electrifying post-punk rap slam with a repetitive bass-tastic groove having an instant bang-up impact on your body movements. Stupendous boombox stuff, stupendous shake-and-quake vibrations, stupendous street story. Original pirate turbulence, indeed.”

Today, 18 months later Fixer Upper passed the 1 million streams mark on Spotify…

We have 6 jagged Yard Act jackhammers by now…

All this and more will be on their debut LP THE OVERLOAD, out in 2 days!

Pre-order here

Rough Trade says about the firstborn: “Pulling off a debut album in a pandemic isn’t easy, but somehow, Yard Act have made it work. Recording with Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding) at his Bristol studio, those prolific demos have been sharpened down into something that speaks to the times we live in, creating a statement of intent that survives on nuance – a record of retro influences, recorded in a modern way, that manages to poke fun at society without punching down from a place of lefty superiority. The Overload is a political record, but in the same way that all great observations of human nature are – a messy, complex, knowingly hypocritical snapshot of our current state of play.”

See you in a couple of weeks in Antwerp, guys.

Quote Of The Day – ELTON JOHN About Post Brexit Touring Issues

No government money to help artists overcome the Brexit-related costs to tour outside the UK. Elton John and many other ‘settled’ artists say, rightly so, that the situation is a nightmare. Maybe you should, along with your rich friends, support – also financially – those young artists yourself, Elton…

(photo on top: from his ‘Songs From The West Coast’ album)