What Elton John lacks in hair…

It took me a really long time to realize that Elton John was gay.  It wasn’t at all like realizing that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, but I want to make that comparison anyway.  I guess because I love Elton John.  Not in a childlike, deer-eyed way, but in a mature, jaded way. 

Elton’s been on my mind lately.  Mostly because I just realized that he wears a toupee.  I don’t know why I’m so far behind on my Elton realizations…  But also I’ve been listening to him.  Reminiscing about him.  When I was younger, if I was driving with my parents, I would get uncomfortable when “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” came on the radio, because it goes like,

And I guess that’s why
They call it the blues
Time on my hands
Could be time spent with you
Laughing like children
Living like lovers
Rolling like thunder under the covers
And I guess that’s why
They call it the blues

Whoa!  How can you not enjoy that as a chorus?  Children, lovers, blues.  Those are my favorite things right there.  Except for children.


Bernie Taupin there is to thank for those lyrics.  What a stud, right?  He pulls off that hair and sort-of turtleneck exceedingly well.  It’s nuts.

In conclusion, Elton John’s hilarious.  Lady Gaga should wear some of his outfits from the early 80s.  Particularly his glasses.  And also, I suppose, some of his wigs from right now.

One last thing.  This “I Want Love” song has always done it for me.  It’s dark.  Yet hopeful.  And Robert Downey, Jr. is in this video, which just may have started my love affair with him.  This video would also make an interesting thesis.  One could write all about love, sex, and attractive men who are empty inside like a marble-floored mansion.  But they’ve still got those chandeliers waiting to be lit in the foyer of their heart and the ballroom of their loins:

2 responses to “What Elton John lacks in hair…

  1. This made me laugh out loud a little bit. I’m not sure if it was your words or that photo of Elton John. It was a bit of both.
    Elton John’s first greatest hits collection is one of the earliest of my parents albums I remember listening to. I’m grateful that Greatest Hits Volume 1 had no double-entendres to disturb my young self. I think I found out that he was gay pretty early, though. Makes me wonder if he’s to thank for me never being a homophobe despite being a pretty squeamish kid.
    And I think my favorite part of the video is how Downey’s lips don’t quite match the song the whole time. It makes it seem kind of ghostly. The video’s so dull that it’s kind of haunting. I like those type of videos. I think my favorite is this one: http://piecesofthemiddleeast.blogspot.com/2009/10/some-thoughts-on-music-video-for-roxy.html

  2. Wow, what a great post. My first album of his was “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and it was a double album so it had two vinyl disk (that I didn’t know about) so when I opened one side, the other disk fell out of the other side and broke! I know I am dating myself, but really 1973 doesn’t seems like yesterday! I was a huge fan then and couldn’t believe after all those great love songs he turned out gay! Still, they are great, great songs.

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