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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dave Dennard of the Novas Remembers the 13th Floor Elevators

Dave Dennard Recollection About 13th Floor Elevators

My band, The Novas, played a large show at Market Hall in Dallas with The 13th Floor Elevators, Preachers, Sensations, Generation X (not Billy Idols group!), the Chaparrals, and Little Gary Ferguson. I think that this was Marh 25th, 1966, and I have the flyer if you want copies. Admission was $4 p/couple in advance and $5 at the door. Free cokes!

I remember watching the full Elevators set and thinking that they were really ahead of their time. For instance, the jug player was a really interesting touch and it wasn't a "folky" approach, but rather, the jug added a driving percussive effect that was later replicated by synthesizer sequencers in 1980's records like ZZ Tops' "Legs", and others.? The jug just really kicked ass and drove many of the songs...very cool. The band looked really weird (to us anyway) and we were sure that they were stoned. They looked like a local, more hippie-fied version of the Rolling Stones, and they like they hadn't bathed or gotten clean clothes in a week.

I didn't meet Roky, but we all saw each other backstage, as well as loading out. They were from the Houston area so we hadn't been introduced to them, and they looked like they might be unfriendly, so we didn't approach them to talk. It wasn't like they were the Beatles or anything...they were just another weird local band from Texas, but I liked their music live.

That's about all I remember. I'll as my other band members from The Novas if they have recollections. THX! - - David Dennard

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