Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman's "Viva Las Vegas" was custom-written as the title song for Elvis Presley's 14th film, released in April 1964. It was a rollicking tribute to the city of gambling and was given a spirited performance by Presley and his session musicians (the best thing about the film and the music heard in it). Strangely, although there were enough songs for a soundtrack album, RCA Victor opted to release only a single and a four-song EP, with the title song relegated to the B-side of a Presley cover of the Ray Charles classic "What'd I Say." That didn't give proper exposure to "Viva Las Vegas," but the song nevertheless climbed into the Top 20, and the single eventually went gold. Still, it remained an underrated Presley song for a long time, finally beginning to gain some recognition from an unexpected quarter when Jello Biafra's Dead Kennedys recorded it for their Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables album in 1980. With its fast pace and frisky lyrics, the song turned out not to be such a bad match for a hardcore punk approach, though Biafra probably intended the interpretation to be ironic and campy. Such a radical recontextualization helped the song to an independent life beyond its origins in a bad Elvis Presley movie, and on its own it could be appreciated as a tribute to Las Vegas that probably deserved to be the city's official anthem. Other cover versions followed, establishing "Viva Las Vegas" as a minor standard.