Elvis vs. JXL

"A Little Less Conversation"
B-side "Almost in Love"
Released September 1968
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 7 March 1968
Genre Rock
Length 2:28
Label RCA
Writer(s) Mac Davis, Billy Strange
Producer Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley singles chronology

"Let Yourself Go"
"A Little Less Conversation"
"If I Can Dream"

"A Little Less Conversation" is a song written by Mac Davis and Billy Strange originally performed by Elvis Presley for the 1968 film Live a Little, Love a Little. The song became a minor hit in the U.S. when released as a single with "Almost in Love" as the B-side. A 2002 remix by Junkie XL became a world-wide hit, topping the singles charts in nine countries and was awarded certifications in ten countries by 2003.

The song has made numerous appearances in popular culture and has been covered by several artists.

Original recordings

"A Little Less Conversation" was recorded on 7 March 1968 at Western Recorders in Hollywood, California. The song was not released on an LP until November 1970, when it was included on the RCA Camden budget label LP Almost in Love. There are several different takes that were made of the song in the session on 7 March. The single version used take 16, which was also used for the soundtrack of the film. The version released on the Almost In Love album is take 10, which is 1 second longer in duration.

The musicians on the 7 March recording session included Hal Blaine, drums; Al Casey, guitar; Larry Knechtel, bass; and Don Randi, piano.[1]

1968 television special re-recording

Presley re-recorded the song in June 1968 for the soundtrack of his 1968 comeback special, with the intent of performing it during the program. Ultimately, it was decided not to use this recording, and the song was dropped from the planned special. The newer version transposed the key of A major recording of three months earlier into E major and featured a vocal and heavy reverb with backup vocals from The Blossoms.[2] In the mid-1990s, Joseph A. Tunzi sold this recording to Bertelsmann Music Group and it was initially included on the 1998 release Memories: The '68 Comeback Special. Tunzi had been the first to document this recording in his 1996 book Elvis Sessions II: The Recorded Music of Elvis Aron Presley 1953-1977.[3]

Chart performance

Chart (1968) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 69

Remakes and remixes

Junkie XL/JXL

"A Little Less Conversation"
Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin
Released May 2002 (UK)
Format CD single
Genre Big beat
Length 3:30 (Radio edit)
6:09 (Extended remix)
6:22 (Album version)
Producer JXL/Ad Bradley
Certification Platinum (BPI)
JXL singles chronology

"Beauty Never Fades"
"A Little Less Conversation"
Music sample
A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix)

Following the song's use in the 2001 film Ocean's Eleven, it was remixed by Tom Holkenborg (also known as Junkie XL). The electronic remix featured Elvis with a lower voice, and added emphasis to the 1968 guitars, horns and a funky drums sound. Holkenborg is the first artist to receive authorization from the Elvis Presley Estate to remix an Elvis Presley song.[5] The electronic version of the song became a No. 1 hit in Britain in 2002. The song also became a top ten hit in upwards of 17 other countries, reaching No. 1 in at least 10 of them.

In 2002 the TV special version of "A Little Less Conversation" remixed by Junkie XL was used for a 2002 World Cup advertising campaign.[5] A single, credited to "Elvis vs. JXL," was issued and went on to become a Number 1 hit in over 20 countries.[6]

At about the same time, a compilation of Presley's U.S. Number 1 chart hits, entitled ELV1S 30 No. 1 Hits, was being prepared for release. At the last minute, "A Little Less Conversation (Remix Version)" was added as the album's 31st track just before its release in October 2002. The full 6:09 version was edited slightly and extended to 6:22, and this version was featured on the US version of JXL's 2004 album Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin.[7]

Covers and other versions

An uptempo eurodance remix was recorded by CJ Crew, appearing on the 2002 dance compilation Dancemania Speed 10.[8] There are three very exclusive releases in Spanish, the film Live a Little, Love a Little and two mixes played by Marco T., a Colombian Rockabilly musician. In addition, Dolph Lundgren performed this song at Melodifestivalen 2010. In Glee, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) sings a combination of a Spanish and English version of the song.

In popular culture

The song has made a generous impact on the popular culture of both the 20th and 21st centuries. The song has made appearances on at least four TV shows, two movie trailers, and eight films—the most notable being the 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven.

The remix version by JXL subsequently appeared:

Presley's original "A Little Less Conversation" has been used in several political campaigns as a message of more accomplishment and less talk. The first time the song was used in political campaign was in 2003 by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean.[9] In 2004, Democratic presidential nominee Senator John Kerry used the song during his campaign.[10] George W. Bush also used the song as the anthem of his reelection campaign in 2004. Furthermore, in 2008 in Colorado Springs, Sarah Palin and John McCain emerged while “A Little Less Conversation” was playing in the background.[11]

It has also been used in various advertisements, including 2002 Nike "The Jungle" and the 2012 BMW ad,[12] linked to BMW's sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics.

Charts and certifications

Preceded by
"Without Me" by Eminem
ARIA (Australia) number one single
23 June 2002 – 7 July 2002
Succeeded by
"Without Me" by Eminem
Preceded by
"Without Me" by Eminem
ARIA (Australia) number one single
28 July 2002
Succeeded by
"A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton
Preceded by
"Light My Fire" by Will Young
UK Singles Chart number one single
16 June 2002 – 13 July 2002
Succeeded by
"Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)" by Gareth Gates


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