Here is the Roky Erickson split/cover by Entombed and New Bomb Turks I mentioned yesterday. Unfortunately I was unable to find a suitable copy to download so this is a YouTube-only post, sorry.
Entombed is a death metal/ Death-n-Roll band from Sweden formed in 1989 and is still active, The New Bomb Turks are a garage/punk band formed in 1990 that is also still active.
Enjoy, as I write this I haven’t listened to this split yet either, so lets check it out.
Roky Erickson, one of the founding members of the 13th Floor Elevators in the 1960’s, singing and writing psychedelic songs until 1969 when he was arrested for a joint and ended up spending the next three years in Texas funny-farms because he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and the Texas authorities took a dim view of him promoting LSD and marijuana use, though he is defiantly not right upstairs.
1974 saw Erickson free and forming a new band called Bleib alien playing hard rock with lyrics from horror films, which he termed “horror rock”.
The band was renamed Roky Erickson and the Aliens and released the album The Evil One in 1981, but by 1982 an alien had invaded his body, or so he said.
Without medication he withdrew from musical pursuits and subsequently spent several years channeling his creative energy into the postal system, spending hours examining junk mail the way Christians pour over the bible trying to find a hidden meaning in a random collection of words.
In 2001 Roky’s youngest brother, Sumner, was granted legal custody of his brother and he started taking medication again, stopped fucking with the mail, and started playing shows again.
Roky Erickson is a creative genius and this is just an introduction to him and his work because there are mountains of his work and almost as much in tribute or covering his songs. In fact in my research for this post I found out that in 1995 Entombed and New Bomb Turks released a cover-split entitled
Night of the Vampire , which I want to find and listen to now (if I do I will share it of course).
Next week I will post about the 13th Floor Elevators .
download the two headed dog