The 13th Floor Elevators

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Eligible since: 1991 (The 1992 Induction Ceremony)

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The Psychedelic Sounds of The 13th Floor Elevators (1966)

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You're Gonna Miss Me (1966)

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Not a single comment on the 13th Floor Elevators? Influence? How 'bout the first album ever w/the word "Psychedelic" in the title? Ever read the liner notes? Can anyone say "concept album" before "Sgt. Pepper"? That is in essence what it is.

I will say that the Elevators influenced few other acts, except ZZ Top (clearly) and maybe a few others (I know Primal Scream covered "Slip Inside This House", but I'm not sure one cover makes an influence). The sound was truly unique. Erockson's vocals & Tommy Hall's electric jug combo were different from a great many of the era. The real key was Stacy Sutherland on drums. He kept the Tex-Mex sound, didn't pound the drums so much as use the high hat & cymbals, which left room for the other instruments.

Despite it all, they'll never make the grade, & it's a shame. If any band really had a strong case to make, it's these guys.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 19:09pm


Cheesecrop...I remember these guys, haven't thought about them in a very long time. Roky Erickson was really out there. I remember songs like "You're Gonna Miss Me" and "Roller Coaster".

They were definitely influential.

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 19:22pm


Great group. It would be a fine day indeed if they were ever considered.

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 19:29pm


Yeah alot of people forget that beside London, San Francisco and LA that there was a thriving psychedelic scene in Houston, Texas with the Elevators, Red Krayola and Bubble Puppy.

Good material!

Posted by classicrocker on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 19:31pm


Bubble Puppy..."Hot Smoke & Sassafras"! That brings back memories of about 40 years ago...LOL!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 19:34pm


Right on Gitarzan!!

To this day I think that is one of the coolest tunes of the late 60's I believe from 1968, 40 years exactly!!

Posted by classicrocker on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 19:36pm


Gee almost forgot them... They had their moment...
I think I heard them once live in Hollyweird in the 60's cloud of confusion!but I can't remember what..

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 22:29pm


First - Some favorite Elevator music:

From Psychedelic Sounds

1. You're Gonna Miss Me
2. Reverberation
3. You Don't Know
4. Tried To Hide

and I defy anyone to prove that the song Kingdom of Heaven isn't the basis for Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, 7 years ahead of time.

From Easter Everywhere

1. Slip Inside This House
2. Slide Machine
3. She Lives In A Time Of Her Own
4. Earthquake
5. I've Got Levitation

I don't have the Bull In The Woods album, but I've heaard one or two songs from it before.

Second - Wasn't Billy Gibbons in a band called Moving Sidewalks at the same time as the acts you've mentioned? Can't be sure on that.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 07:04am


"Second - Wasn't Billy Gibbons in a band called Moving Sidewalks at the same time as the acts you've mentioned? Can't be sure on that"- Cheesecrop

Yep, you're absolutely right on that. In fact, he was one of the founding members. They were thumping around Houston at about the same time and actually opened for the Elevators on occasion, from what I understand.

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 15:06pm


The Elevators NEED to be in....They Belong There..

Posted by Keith on Thursday, 12.18.08 @ 08:36am


The Elevators rock. Yes!!

Posted by Firebrick on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 17:07pm


The 13th Floor Elevators are long over due for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This band from Texas was on the leading edge of the San Francisco psychedelic era and are responsible for influencing hundreds of thousands of fans and musicians all the way from the Summer of Love up until now. Today their following includes fans on about every continent. Yes, the Elevators should have been inducted long ago.

Posted by pouadahka on Saturday, 07.4.09 @ 13:26pm


I don't think they will ever be inducted, but they were a major influence on Billy Gibbons. And "Roller Coaster" is one of the best should have been a James Bond theme songs(that and Pink Floyd's "Lucifer Sam".)

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 08.17.09 @ 18:53pm


"How 'bout the first album ever w/the word "Psychedelic" in the title?"- Cheesecrop

I'm not sure about that. The Blues Magoos released an album November 1966(the same month as the 13th Floor Elevators) called Psychedelic Lollipop. I don't know which came out first.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 09.6.09 @ 13:46pm


In reality the first album to use the word "psychedelic" was a movie soundtrack done by a Japanese rock band. The movie was the immortal cult classic....

"CHEESECROP VS. GODZILLA"!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 09.6.09 @ 14:17pm


I believe the name of the Japanese band was called "Prince Provolone & The Cheesecroppers." The group's drummer referred to himself as "Sultan of Swiss" and claimed to be descended from the Gods Baskin & Robbins

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 09.6.09 @ 14:34pm


"How 'bout the first album ever w/the word "Psychedelic" in the title?"- Cheesecrop

I'm not sure about that. The Blues Magoos released an album November 1966(the same month as the 13th Floor Elevators) called Psychedelic Lollipop. I don't know which came out first.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 09.6.09 @ 13:46pm
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If in fact the Blues Magoos did release one earlier, then I apologize for misleading anyone.

As it stands though, if both released in the same month, then there may not be any confusion anyhow. News didn't travel as fast (at least rock & roll news, anyway) in 1966. It's entirely possible that one of these bands could have released an album w/out the other one knowing about it till later. It's interesting, though.

Somebody got there first - that I AM SURE OF!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 09.6.09 @ 16:26pm


wtf? come on...

NO

Posted by Shitmaster on Monday, 01.18.10 @ 11:32am


For the record, I'm not related to Shitmaster in case anybody thought I was.

Posted by Bassmaster on Monday, 01.18.10 @ 14:19pm


Definitely an important band and one of the most notable from the Houston psychedelic scene, it's going to be a tough sell though

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 07.4.10 @ 05:29am


What is taking these guys at the rock n roll hall of fame to induct some great groups like the 13th floor elevators they freaking rock. they should be in the hall of fame already.

Posted by Spider on Sunday, 08.1.10 @ 16:48pm


I am one of a hand full of people who had a chance to be part of the 13th Floor elevators. I sang in Roky's place (no easy feat..) for about 9 months. Just for the record, Stacy Sutherland never played drums..He was the lead guitarist. John Ike Walton played the drums when I was with them, with Ronnie Leatherman on bass, and my friend Charles Vaughn (who turned me on to the Elevators...) played the jug and sang Tommy's harmony parts.

Posted by Bryan Foster on Thursday, 08.25.11 @ 15:13pm


A legitimately great psychedelic band. Miles ahead of the other hit-or-miss shit from that era.

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 09.7.13 @ 12:42pm


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