13th Floor Elevators

13th Floor Elevators

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13th Floor Elevators
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Hailing from Austin, Texas, the members of 13th Floor Elevators were quite possibly the first artists to describe their music as psychedelic. Their lyrics and sleeve notes openly and religiously endorsed the use of drugs (particularly LSD) 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 electric jug runs. According to myth, Tommy’s jug was tuned by the amount of marijuana stored in it.

The group pioneered some of the first garage psychedelia 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. However, in the 2000s he has re-emerged with one of his late 70s/early 80s backing bands, The Explosives, playing regular gigs including the Austin City Limits festival in September 2005, as well as Coachella in California, the Hultsfred Festival in Sweden and Montreal World Film festival in Canada.
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13th Floor Elevators Discography

Albums

IA-LP-1, L.P. - 1A - No.1 The 13th Floor Elevators* The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators (Album) International Artists, International Artists IA-LP-1, L.P. - 1A - No.1 US 1966 Sell This Version
IA-LP-5, IALP # 5 13th Floor Elevators Easter Everywhere (Album) International Artists, International Artists IA-LP-5, IALP # 5 US 1967 Sell This Version
IA LP # 8, IA-LP-8 13th Floor Elevators Live (Album) International Artists, International Artists IA LP # 8, IA-LP-8 US 1968 Sell This Version
IA-LP 9, IA-LP #9 13th Floor Elevators Bull Of The Woods (Album, Comp) International Artists, International Artists IA-LP 9, IA-LP #9 US 1969 Sell This Version
CDWIKD 082 13th Floor Elevators Live - I've Seen Your Face Before (Album) Big Beat Records CDWIKD 082 UK 1988 Sell This Version
COL-CD-0506 13th Floor Elevators Out Of Order / Live At The Avalon Ballroom (Album) Collectables, Home Cooking Records COL-CD-0506 US 1992 Sell This Version
CDTB 147 Thirteenth Floor Elevators* Levitation / Live In Concert (Album) The Magnum Music Group CDTB 147 UK 1994 Sell This Version
COL-CD-0575 Thirteenth Floor Elevators, The* Last Concert (Album) Collectables COL-CD-0575 US 1994 Sell This Version
MIL 3042 13th Floor Elevators Through The Rhythm(CD, Album, Liv) M.I.L. Multimedia MIL 3042 US 1998 Sell This Version
SPALAXCD14596 Thirteenth Floor Elevators* Grackle Debacle(CD, Album) Spalax Music SPALAXCD14596 France 2002 Sell This Version
SNAX615CD The 13th Floor Elevators* Headstone: The Contact Sessions (Album) Charly Records SNAX615CD UK 2010 Sell This Version
CHARLY L 136, IA#18 13th Floor Elevators Live Evolution Lost (Album) Charly Records, International Artists CHARLY L 136, IA#18 UK & US 2014 Sell This Version
085 357 534 2 13th Floor Elevators Kingdom Of Heaven(CD) Airline Records 085 357 534 2 US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

IA-111 Thirteenth Floor Elevators, The* Reverbaration (Doubt) (Single) International Artists IA-111 US 1966 Sell This Version
107 The Thirteenth Floor Elevators* You're Gonna Miss Me (Single, EP) Contact Records (6) 107 US 1966 Sell This Version
IA-121 Thirteenth Floor Elevators* She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) (Single) International Artists IA-121 US 1967 Sell This Version
IA-113 Thirteenth Floor Elevators, The* Levitation (Single) International Artists IA-113 US 1967 Sell This Version
IA-126 13th Floor Elevators May The Circle Remain Unbroken (Single) International Artists IA-126 US 1968 Sell This Version
IA-122 Thirteenth Floor Elevators* Slip Inside This House (Single) International Artists IA-122 US 1968 Sell This Version
IA-130 Thirteenth Floor Elevators* Livin' On (Single) International Artists IA-130 US 1969 Sell This Version
SFI 347 The Red Crayola* / 13th Floor Elevators The Red Crayola* / 13th Floor Elevators - Hurricane Fighter Plane / Reverberation(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Promo) International Artists, Radar Records (5) SFI 347 UK 1978 Sell This Version
IA-126 13th Floor Elevators Wait For My Love(7", Single, Ltd, RM, Gre) International Artists IA-126 US 2011 Sell This Version
COL 3862 The Turtles / 13th Floor Elevators The Turtles / 13th Floor Elevators - She'd Rather Be With Me / You're Gonna Miss Me(7") Collectables COL 3862 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

CD CHARLY 150 The 13th Floor Elevators* Easter Everywhere / Bull Of The Woods(CD, Comp) Decal CD CHARLY 150 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
CD CHARLY 159 13th Floor Elevators The Psychedelic Sounds Of / Elevators Live!(CD, Comp) Decal CD CHARLY 159 Europe 1988 Sell This Version