Friday, October 23, 2009

Roky Erickson & the Aliens - The Evil One

Roky Erickson (born Roger Kynard Erickson on July 15, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, harmonica player and guitarist from Austin, Texas. He was a founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators, who are considered to be the first band to ever use the word “” to describe rock music.

In 1969 the band were all arrested for possession of marijuana and Roky was incarcerated in Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane where he reportedly underwent electroshock therapy and was placed on Thorazine amongst other controversial treatments. Many claim he has never been the same since. Sadly in the intervening years record execs and managers displayed the bad side of the music business and took full advantage of his condition often leaving him living in poverty while they hoarded all the cash.

In 2001 Roky’s youngest brother, Sumner Erickson (ex-tuba player for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), was appointed his legal guardian and an improvement in Roky’s faculties has been reported since, leading to a return to live shows.

An excellent documentary on Roky, “You’re gonna miss me” (2005), chronicled his troubled life - his schizophrenia, incarceration for possession of a joint, and talented and eccentric family.


Nice Psychedelic Rock, The Devil's Blood did a cover of the song "White Faces". This music is very similar to The Devil's Blood. Must-have for psychedelic fans. Enjoy!

1. Two Headed Dog [Red Temple Prayer]
2. I Think Of Demons
3. Creature With The Atom Brain
4. The Wind And More
5. Don't Shake Me Lucifer
6. Bloody Hammer
7. Stand For The Fire Demon
8. Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play
9. If You Have Ghost
10. I Walked With A Zombie
11. Night Of The Vampire
12. It's A Cold Night For Alligators
13. Mine Mine Mind
14. Sputnik
15. White Faces


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