Friday, July 13, 2012

You're Gonna Miss Me by The 13th Floor Elevators

You didn't realize
You're gonna miss me baby

I decided to select an artist for Friday the 13th and my choice was the 13th Floor Elevators, an Austin, Texas band that is viewed as the godfathers of psychedelic rock. Led by Roky Erickson, the 13th Floor Elevators have inspired many artists like ZZ Top and REM. Although the band was active from 1965 to 1969, Erickson continued to record music after the group disbanded. Nearly a year before the 13th Floor Elevators disbanded, Erickson was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent the next four decades under the grip of his mental illness. Although he still recorded, Erickson spent his years mostly unmedicated and living in poverty. By 2001, Erickson was given the proper medical aid and has gained more control over his schizophrenia. Erickson still tours and has even worked with artists like Okkervil River and Mogwai.

As an added bonus, I've included another cool 13th Elevators track titled 'Slip Inside This House'. Enjoy.

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