Poison Ivy League

See these Ivy frat boys? Elvis uses his fists to wipe the smug looks off their faces.

After seeming to romanticize fraternity life in our last post, we thought we’d balance the scales by romanticizing fraternity jerks who get punched out by a greaser from the wrong side of the tracks.

Such a greaser is played by Elvis Presley in the 1964 movie “Roustabout.” Today is the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s birthday, and so we honor him with the opening number from the film, “Poison Ivy League,” which, not surprisingly, doesn’t go over too well with the college boys pictured above.

Take special note of the lyrics. If you can shed any light on the line about lemonades and panty raids, please leave an explanatory comment. — CC

7 Comments on "Poison Ivy League"

  1. Well, given a choice between bohemian and ivy league, I’ll take boho, a la Auntie Mame, almost any given day of the week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezpirYFXZBk&feature=related

  2. The “lemonade” line and the “panty raids” line are not semantically connected: two different aspects of frat rat life.

  3. Well, as a former “frat boy”, at least I’m still alive at 64, rather than dying a bloated has-been while sitting on the toilet. This is not to diminish the greatness of the early Elvis, before the jump suits, nor to condemn the “high Bohemian” style of Patrick Deniss’s “Auntie Mame”.

  4. hahaha…

    I wonder which is worse: dying on the toilet being Elvis – or living to a hundred and NOT being Elvis.

    Yeah, I’d rather be Elvis.

  5. wellesy: Unfortunately, you have not accomplished either goal yet-but I do hope you live to be 100. 🙂

  6. As a former punk and still-record collector and music obsessive who finds himself finishing law school and heading to a white shoe lifestyle, I’m torn.

    I despise, as I always have, people whose lives have been privileged and have had the way paved for them by rich parents. Jocks and frat boys are the enemy.

    That said, well-dressed is well-dressed. I can still sport my chuck taylors, jeans, and t shirts for punk shows. Nothing beats the classic American look for a workday style that is relaxed enough to not be out of place in the casual present yet still respects sartorial appropriateness.

  7. karl anglin | January 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm |

    Elvis Presley was made an honorary fraternity
    brother at the University of Arkansas around 1960.

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