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13th Floor Elevators

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Austin, United States (1966 – 1968)

Hailing from Austin, Texas, the members of 13th Floor Elevators were one of the first artists to describe their music as psychedelic. Their lyrics and sleeve notes openly and religiously endorsed the use of drugs (particularly ) to alter human consciousness for the better.

The band rattled to the middle of the Hot 100 in 1966 with You’re Gonna Miss Me, anchored by Roky Erickson’s unforgettable yelping vocals, Stacy Sutherland’s guitar, and Tommy Hall’s runs. According to myth, Tommy’s jug was tuned by the amount of stored in it.

The group pioneered some of the first on its albums The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators 1966, and the followup Easter Everywhere 1967.

However, Texas at that time was an extremely conservative area that still hadn’t come to terms with 50’s rock ‘n’ roll. The authorities and the police set out to bust the entire band for pot (and—not surprisingly—succeeded).

Stacy Sutherland was jailed. To avoid a prison term, Roky pleaded insanity—a misguided ploy that landed him in Rusk State Hospital for the criminally insane for 3 years. That turn of events spelled the end of the band, although there was a posthumous 1968 LP, Bull of the Woods.

Roky Erickson was released from hospital in 1973 and embarked upon a successful solo career that resulted in a CBS album produced by Stu Cook from Creedence Clearwater Revival. During the 1980s he struggled with mental illness and withdrew from public life for many years.

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  • Bizmuto

    this band is surreal ... to look like they are aliens [2]

    25 May 5:24am Reply
  • Natanaelbp

    Splash 1 amazing song!

    25 May 5:18am Reply
  • whitemasses

    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Gorlons

    26 Apr 3:08am Reply
  • Necrophilia69

    this band is surreal ... to look like they are aliens

    14 Apr 8:15pm Reply
  • dystopia_now

    will be playing first show in decades at Austin Psych fest. trve mystics. will be the cultural event of the year - do not miss out

    21 Feb 12:00am Reply
  • huiaka

    очень крутая банда. настоящий, первобытный, первозданный рок. именно такой, каким и создал его великий Кислотный Сатана.

    20 Feb 8:47am Reply
  • anaemic_royalty

    This band is amazing, and you don't have to be stoned! I love that electric jug!

    5 Feb 1:56am Reply
  • wiseblood-

    These guys are MASSIVE!

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Nekro__b

    хороши,ещё и нарки,чудно

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Neato and groovy stuff. I'm impressed by this band a lot.

    14 Jul 2014 Reply
  • oasispo

    The best garage rock i’ve ever heard

    25 May 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    VOTE UP plz: http://www.last.fm/music/13th+Floor+Elevators/+images/98628385

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • TutuleBale

    To all the knob-ends who think the jug makes the music unlistenable, please do me a favor and shoot yourself in the knee.

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    охуенный гаражик, почему-то их второй альбом адски недооценен, а ведь мало что более дикого выпускалось тогда

    23 Feb 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    I love the jug. It's like a ancient synth. Sounds like a crazy flying saucer flying overhead.

    2 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Porculus

    it doesn't ruin them, it just doesn't sound the best on the recording sometimes. They say it sounded very trippy live. Anyway, You're Gonna Miss Me is like their worst song

    30 Jan 2014 Reply
  • 1nnervision

    Stupid jug ruins the fucking songs. Unlistenable. Fuck you Tommy Hall.

    9 Jan 2014 Reply
  • odd_trip

    today "may the circle remain unbroken" gives me goosebumps

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mattmacneil

    bull of the woods is a pretty great album. I always overlooked it. Dear Dr. Doom may be my favourite track of theirs.

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Porculus

    I believe "Til Then" is their best track, albeit from their least popular album

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
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