Elvis in Latin

Finnish academic Jukka Ammondt made a name for himself by singing Elvis songs in Latin.

In the video below, he starts out with a Dire Straits song, "Calling Elvis" (in Latin), and then transitions to two Elvis songs — "Don't Be Cruel" and "It's Impossible."

I like the thrilled reaction of the high school students forced to listen to him.

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 22, 2016
     Category: Music

I "passes" HS Latin because the teacher said, "I really don't want to see you back here next year."

In Hoc Signo Vinces - But only if your particular.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/22/16 at 09:58 AM
Sola lingua bona est lingua mortua.
Posted by Phideaux on 01/22/16 at 10:35 AM
He doesn't take his own advice -- don't be cruel. Seriously, I like Latin. Took 4 years of it in High School, a few courses in college. But it's for reading literature, not for singing Elvis.
Posted by ges on 01/22/16 at 11:22 AM
Sorry kids, but Elvis is still dead. Just like Latin.

Posted by KDP on 01/22/16 at 11:42 AM
Maybe ego youll 'have a frixum et Musa sapientum fixa eros butyrum Sandwico pro prandium.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 01/22/16 at 12:05 PM
I prefer the Beatles in Russian:
Posted by Phideaux on 01/22/16 at 01:10 PM
Latin Elvis is all very well, but for sheer Latinate authenticity nothing beats Winnie Ille Pu.
Posted by Richard Bos on 01/22/16 at 03:48 PM
I have on the shelf across the room, his album "The Legend Lives On In Latin". On K-tel. European K-tel. It's...sublime.
Posted by Puptentacle on 01/22/16 at 06:52 PM
My favorite Latin phrase:
Catapultam habeo nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam

("I Have a Catapult; Give Me All Your Money, or I will Fling an Enormous Rock at Your Head!")
Posted by Captain DaFt on 01/22/16 at 08:36 PM
Oh that's hard to listen to... about as entertaining as a lead balloon.
Posted by Mike on 01/23/16 at 02:43 PM
How dare he insult Dire Straits,(my favorite band), by singing their song in Latin.
Posted by Gator Guy on 01/23/16 at 08:21 PM
Now, be fair, Mike... led balloon... at least he didn't do Gradus ad Caelum!
Posted by Richard Bos on 01/24/16 at 03:18 PM
I didn't take Latin in school, I took Spanish so I could communicate with my neighbors growing up in SoCal.
Ol' Jukka almost pulled the hip shake for one tiny moment there.
Posted by GFinKS on 01/25/16 at 10:18 AM
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