Elvis Bieber vs Justin Presley

Is pop hero Justin Bieber copying the style of rock legend Elvis Presley?

I noticed the Bieber style-change around the time he released his second album “Believe”. The pictures he used on the album and EPs plus the promo pictures. And the more I look – the more I came to think about how much he rips-off the style of the rock legend.

I had to check out if I was turning crazy or if my thoughts about if Justin Bieber borrowing Elvis Presley´s style was true.

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An hour plus of Googling, finding the right pictures and then a half-hour plus of putting together some photo collages in the app PicFrame – and here´s the result.

I mean there is more than a little likeness between Elvis and Justin here – what do you think?
I find it quite cool to see the latest years biggest teenage crush, daring to borrow and find inspiration from the biggest teenage crush – and later biggest rock star in the world – of the 50s, 60s and 70s. It´s quite fascinating. A young man not even 20 years old – finding inspiration from a man, that was born almost 60 years before and died almost 20 years before he (Justin) was born!

Here´s Justin Bieber vs Elvis Presley – or – Elvis Bieber vs Justin Presley if you like?


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Do you think Justin Bieber is copying Elvis Presley?
Is Justin a look-a-like or a rip-off of Elvis´style?

Give me your feedback – do you see the likeness?
Name your favorite picture!

Elvis Presley was a hero to most…!

Louis Armstrong “Wonderful World”

Marvin Gaye “What´s Goin´On”

Bob Dylan “The Times Are-A-Changing”

John Lennon “Imagine”

Prince “Sign´O´The Times”

Curtis Mayfield “Hard Times”

…And this is just a few of many songs with a deeper meaning – something to tell the listener, having an agenda – a political message!

Today Elvis Presley would have been 78 years old. It´s 35 years since he passed away too soon back in 1977.

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When it comes to songs with a deeper meaning. Everyone knows his fantastic “In the Ghetto” but Elvis Presleys version of “If I Can Dream” is never mentioned in the company of the aforementioned songs.

Elvis was a hero to most, but he has never, as far as I know, got known for the deeper meaning in “If I Can Dream”.

On his could-have-been 78th birthday it´s time to give Elvis the respect he deserves. For making the song his own, for showing his soul – and for ripping his voice apart like I have never heard before!

This is Elvis at his best and strongest in one of his greatest performances ever!

Here are the lyrics…

There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true
Oh why
There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away
All the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why wont that sun appear
Were lost in a cloud
With too much rain
Were trapped in a world
That’s troubled with pain
But as long as a man
Has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly
Deep in my heart there’s a tremblin question
Still I am sure that the answer gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle, yeah
And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true, ohhhhh, right now
Let it come true right now
Oh yeah

Elvis was a hero to most – and is still today to me…A hero!

Yes, you can you dance to this!

In the 70s every artist seemed to hook up the latest trends, like the disco boom.

Even hard rock bands like Kiss flirted with disco on their classic “I Was Made For Loving You”. I made a Spotify playlist with some tracks thats not necessary aimed at the dance floor, but has more or disco/funk elements than their usual songbook.

Welcome to the eclectic disco playlist!
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Dolly Parton – Baby I´m Burnin´
A fab mix of well known Dolly Parton country and disco beats, sounds really amazing!
Lenny Kravitz – Black and White America
The newest track on here. Lenny can play anything he want. But is without best when he is soulful and funky!
10CC – Blackmail Soft Rock legends, who’s done everything from symphonic pop to reggae and on this track, they´re flirting with the discotheque
Bruce Springsteen – Blinded By The Light
Funky Springsteen – and you can dance to this too! Fab and way better then the Mannfred Manns Earth Band cover!
Rilo Kiley – Breakin Up
Huh? Is this a disco song? Yup! Listen to the chorus!
Badly Drawn Boy
Disillusion – Badly Drawn Disco? No, a great look back to the happy 70s…
Eric Clapton – Forever Man
Listen to the high-hats here, disco or not disco? A least a little influence there!
Kiss – I Was Made For Lovin´ You
Hard rock band my xxx, this has written disco all over!
The Alan Parsons Project – I Wouldn´t Want To Be Like You
Progrock and soft rock band thats really funky and disco-friendy here!
Gil Scott-Heron – Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)
The uncredited godfather of rap, has also tested the disco…
Toto – Miss Sun
They´re quite jazzfunky on Gorgy Porgy and it would have been a obvious choice, but this is more discoish if you ask me!
Elvis Presley – Moody Blue
From the late great kings last album – listen to the melody and high-hats here…hit the floor girls and boys
Donavon Frankenreiter – Move By Your Self
Play this track back to back with the Alan Parsons track (see over) – one of the the coolest rip-offs ever?
Level 42 – Starchild
Mark King´s the king (sic) of 80s slap-bass – this is an amazing track!
Billy Ocean – Stay The Night 
He is so much more than “When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Gets Going) and Get Out Of My Dreams (And Into My Car)
Randy Crawford – Streetlife
This is a disco song – and one of worlds best songs ever – this HAD TO BE HERE!
Chicago – Street Player 
Listen to this and you´ll understand why Masters At Work sampled this track for there The BuckedHeads project and their legendary “The Bomb”
Steely Dan – The Fez
For a band named after a dildo – this is a amazing disco track!
The Clash – Magnificent Seven
They´ve done punk, and Reggae and Dub, and this disco track.
Neil Young – We Are In Control
Robotic vocals, and some disco influences. Could Daft Punk have listened to Neil Youngs Trans record before going in the studio and making their Discovery record?
The Police – When The World Is Running Down
When i hear the name The Police – i think about; Sting Reggae/Pop…and this track…Disco!

Okay, so this is a proof that 80s, soft-rock, singer-songwriters, rock legends, soul artists, prog-rockbands all can unite for one thing – DISCO!