What our staff has to say: “2nd Greatest American Rock record ever made. (1st is VU + Nico) but I digress. The 13th Floor elevators are the champions of American Psych. The Electric JUG? I mean come on. It’d be surprising reading this if you are not aware of the album / band, but for the uninitiated, tracks like You’re Gonna Miss Me or Reverberation take you to a whole new world. It feels like 9 different things are happening all at the same time, but works perfectly in sync. Roky is a God.” – Dan
Forget about San Francisco: The American capitol of psychedelic rock was Austin, Texas, and no band soared higher than Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators. In addition to acid-tinged garage rockers such as the crazed-love anthem, You’re Gonna Miss Me, the Elevators’ debut included tracks such as Reverberation (Doubt), Roller Coaster, and Splash 1, which viscerally evoked the sounds of their titles while offering lyrics that provided a philosophical structure for the psychedelic experience. The lyrics were written by Tommy Hall, who also played amplified jug. Hard as it may be to believe now, that jug created a weird sound that predicted that burbling synthesizers of modern-day techno.