|The King of Rock 'n' Roll|
|Album:||From Langley Park to Memphis|
|B-Side:||"Moving the River"|
|Genre:||Pop music/Rock music|
|Last Single:||"Cars and Girls"|
|This Single:||"The King of Rock 'n' Roll"|
|Next Single:||"Hey Manhattan!"|
"The King of Rock 'n' Roll" is a single by the British rock group Prefab Sprout in 1988. It was the second single taken from their album of that year, From Langley Park to Memphis and makes reference to a washed-up '50s star who is only remembered for his one hit novelty song, which is sung in the chorus. Ironically, it remains as the band's biggest success in their native UK, where it reached #7 on the UK Singles Chart, and spent 10 weeks in the listings.
Thomas Dolby's suitably gimmicky production had the synth bass burping in the verses to subtly mimic the sound of a bullfrog, tying them into the chorus. The song's chorus, "Hot dog/Jumping frog/Albuquerque!" is supposed to be the song's character's sole claim to fame.
The single featured a slightly odd music video, which featured the band all lying along a pool side, as they are tended to by a frog waiter; a diver who is reluctant to jump into the pool until the end; and human-size hot dogs appeared by the pool side, dancing during the chorus.