Song of the Day: Elton John – “Crocodile Rock”

On this day in 1973, this Elton John classic sat atop the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for three weeks. An ode to the music of the 1950s and 60s, it doesn’t seem to be a song John and Bernie Taupin liked very much, i.n spite of its popularity. Per Songfacts, John once called the song “disposable pop” while Taupin said in a 1989 interview with Music Connection “I don’t want people to remember me for ‘Crocodile Rock.’ I’d much rather they remember me for songs like ‘Candle In The Wind’ and ‘Empty Garden,’ songs that convey a message. Well, they don’t really need to convey a message, as long as they can convey a feeling. But there are things like ‘Crocodile Rock,’ which was fun at the time, but it was pop fluff. It was like, ‘Okay, that was fun for now, throw it away, and here’s the next one. So there’s a certain element of our music that is disposable, but I think you’ll find that in anybody’s catalog.”

John will probably be performing it a lot during his upcoming farewell tour. It’s hard for me to listen to this song anymore and not think of the brilliant mashup created a few years back by Neil Cicierga combining this song and “Chop Suey!” by System of a Down. Call me crazy, but I like that song better than “Crocodile Rock.” Serj Tankian of SOAD once said he was a big fan of the mashup as well.

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