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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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IA-LP-1, L. P. - 1 A - No.1 13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators album art The 13th Floor Elevators* The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators (Album) International Artists, International Artists IA-LP-1, L. P. - 1 A - No.1 US 1966 Sell This Version
IA-LP-5, IALP # 5 13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere album art 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 art 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 art 13th Floor Elevators Bull Of The Woods (Album) International Artists, International Artists IA-LP 9, IA-LP #9 US 1969 Sell This Version
TAR 7 13th Floor Elevators - Elevator Tracks album art 13th Floor Elevators Elevator Tracks(LP) Texas Archive Recordings TAR 7 US 1987 Sell This Version
WIK 82 13th Floor Elevators - Live - I've Seen Your Face Before album art 13th Floor Elevators Live - I've Seen Your Face Before (Album) Big Beat Records WIK 82 UK 1988 Sell This Version
COL-CD-0506 13th Floor Elevators - Out Of Order / Live At The Avalon Ballroom album art 13th Floor Elevators Out Of Order / Live At The Avalon Ballroom (Album) Collectables, Home Cooking Records COL-CD-0506 US 1992 Sell This Version
COL-CD-0575 13th Floor Elevators - Last Concert album art The Thirteenth Floor Elevators* Last Concert (Album) Collectables COL-CD-0575 US 1994 Sell This Version
CDTB 147 13th Floor Elevators - Levitation / Live In Concert album art Thirteenth Floor Elevators* Levitation / Live In Concert (Album) The Magnum Music Group CDTB 147 UK 1994 Sell This Version
SPALAXCD14596 13th Floor Elevators - Grackle Debacle album art Thirteenth Floor Elevators* Grackle Debacle (Album) Spalax Music SPALAXCD14596 France 2002 Sell This Version
IA#14/CD5 13th Floor Elevators - Live In California album art 13th Floor Elevators Live In California(CD, Album) Charly Acquisitions Ltd. IA#14/CD5 US 2009 Sell This Version
SNAX615CD 13th Floor Elevators - Headstone: The Contact Sessions album art The 13th Floor Elevators* Headstone: The Contact Sessions (Album) Charly Records SNAX615CD UK 2010 Sell This Version