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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

13th Floor Elevators Contact 45!

13th Floor Elevators Contact 45
13th Floor Elevators Contact 45


Get a load of this 13th Floor Elevators Contact 45! This was the wax that got the buzz going! In early January 1966, the band was brought to Houston by producer Gordon Bynum to record two songs to be released as a 45 on his newly formed Contact label. The songs were Erickson's "You're Gonna Miss Me", and Hall-Sutherland's "Tried To Hide". The 45 was a major success in Austin, and made an impression in other Texas cities. Some months later, the International Artists label picked it up and re-released it.

After this, the 13th Floor Elevators might have been remembered simply as one-hit wonder of the '60's, the Texas equivalent of the Count 5, had it not been for two things. First, they were the only rock band in history to feature a guy playing an electric jug, which added a deeply weird element to even their most straight forward three-chord rockers. Second, and perhaps more importantly, they were fronted by a genuine howling weirdo and cult figure-to-be, the incomparable Roky Erickson. Roky, who took more acid trips than Jerry Garcia had TV dinners, was nonetheless a gifted songwriter who sang every word (however bizarre) as if his life depended on it.

I've got this slab o' wax and I'm in the process of getting it signed by the band. Yow!

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