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Old 10-10-2021, 05:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The Electric Prunes did I Had Too Much To Dream. Will be covering them too down the road.
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The Electric Prunes did I Had Too Much To Dream. Will be covering them too down the road.
Ah damn, you are right. I do like the seeds better than the electric prunes for sure
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Default The Psychedelic Mind of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators

Once upon a time, there was a demented cat known as Roky Erickson. Those who are garage rock connoisseurs know him as the genius behind what was possibly the most lauded garage band in all of Texas, the Thirteenth Floor Elevators. Not very well known nationally except for their minor hit, You're Gonna Miss Me, they are now considered among the creme of the ceme of legendary sixties bands.

I guess the best place to start is with Roky's first band, the Spades. They recorded the original version of You're Gonna Miss Me for International Artists in 1965.

Spoiler for you're gonna miss me-the spades:


By the end of 1965, Roky teamed up with Tommy Hall and his electric jug, and Stacy Sutherland, the lead guitarist, and you end up with the Elevators.

And they quickly came up with the definitive version of, guess what?

Spoiler for you're gonna miss me (from where the action is):


You're Gonna Miss Me would chart in the summer of 1966. Aroud the same time, the Elevators released their first album, the Psychedelic Sounds of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, something of a masterpiece if I may say so myself. Here's a track from that album

Spoiler for fire engine:


In 1967, they released their second album, Easter Everywhere, a rather underrated album in my opinion. The album opens with this gem

Spoiler for slip inside this house:


A live album followed in 1968. They finished out with Bull of the Woods in 1969.

Spoiler for may the circle remain unbroken:


The band was fading a bit at this point, drugs possibly may have taken its toll, particularly on Roky as he would spend time in a mental institution. Stacy Sutherland would die tragically in 1978 in a domestic dispute while Tommy Hall found religion in the form of Scientology.

The story does not end there, for whatever problems Roky Erickson had, he would re-emerge with various bands he would head up throughout the seventies and eighties. We'll be getting into that later, as he truly was a musical genius.

In the meantime, we'll leave with another favorite of mine.

Spoiler for she lives (in a time of her own):
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Default And in the bay area...

There was a band out of San Jose, California known as the Chocolate Watchband. Not as well known as the Seeds or the Elevators, they nonetheless have their place in the annals of garage rock. For one thing, they were authentically a garage band in the classic sense, originally forming as the Chaparrals in 1965. Originally discovered by Bill Graham, who wanted them on a triple bill in the San Francisco scene, they instead changed course and signed with Ed Cobb and Tower records.

And here is where the fun begins. They would release a string of singles between 1966 and 1969 as well as three albums, each one different than the others.

Their punkiest album was the first one, No Way Out, in 1967.

Spoiler for are you gonna be there (at the love-in):


After some personnel changes, the Watchband recorded the more psychedelic The Inner Mystique which featured this inspired cover from We The People.

Spoiler for in the past:


After yet more personnel changes, they finished up with the disappointing No Way Out in 1969 and they split up for good not long after.

They would reunite in 1999 after a revival of garage rock with most of the classic No Way Out lineup. Bandleader Mark Loomis, who wouldn't participate in the reunion, died in Hawaii in 2014.

Nevertheless, the Watchband has its place in garage Rock lore. We finish up with an appearance in teh film, Riot On Sunset Strip, a movie that also featured Ed Cobb's other discovery, the Standells.

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(information culled from Wikipedia)
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