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Postby CAN » 09 Aug 2018, 20:17

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I think their most famous track doesn't even hint at the strange and powerful music they produced at the end of the 60s.

Which is your favourite album? What are your favourite songs?
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Postby Snarfyguy » 09 Aug 2018, 21:03

I'm only half surprised the OP didn't say something like "They were shit, weren't they?"

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Postby Matt Wilson » 09 Aug 2018, 21:58

They're one of the few bands he doesn't think is shit.
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Postby the gorton gollum » 09 Aug 2018, 21:58

Better than Pink Floyd.
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Postby pcqgod » 09 Aug 2018, 22:15

"Dust"/Bull of the Woods
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Postby Snarfyguy » 09 Aug 2018, 22:15

Matt Wilson wrote:They're one of the few bands he doesn't think is shit.

Yeah, I know, but he's such a contrarian I figure sometimes he's probably contrary to his own self.
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Postby TG » 09 Aug 2018, 22:39

I bought the reissued mono version of the first LP (my favorite of theirs) several years ago. After playing it a couple of times my wife finally and with much exasperation asked what that annoying noise was? Apparently she’s not a fan of the electric jug. I mostly play it when she’s not home these days.
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Jimbo wrote:Look, all I know is pretty much what I get from Robert Parry over at Consortium News.

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Postby never/ever » 09 Aug 2018, 23:59

The first album is magic but I have been hooked on Easter Everywhere for some time now too.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 10 Aug 2018, 00:38

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I've never heard this. I don't think it's on the 10-disc box set either - not that I've played it in years. It's great though.
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Postby WG Kaspar » 10 Aug 2018, 07:39

A miraculous band. It is ridiculous how great all of their albums are. I got Bull of The Woods last based on the opinion that it's their weakest but it's the one I play the most these days. I still consider their debut their best though.
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Postby Hightea » 10 Aug 2018, 14:09

Easter Everywhere is their best album but love the first two albums.
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Re: the Thirteenth Floor Elevators

Postby Snarfyguy » 10 Aug 2018, 15:01

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I've never heard this. I don't think it's on the 10-disc box set either - not that I've played it in years. It's great though.

Yeah, nifty track, huh? It's from this:



About Bull of the Woods, somebody on Wikipedia wrote:In 2009, the album was released with bonus tracks as part of the "Sign of the 3-Eyed Men" box set. The set also included a reconstruction of the "lost" third album, A Love That's Sound, which consisted of mostly previously unreleased tracks, and early versions of songs later included on Bull of the Woods.


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Postby Matt Wilson » 10 Aug 2018, 18:02

Huh, then I guess I do have it then. I don't recall that track on the box set.
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Postby The Modernist » 10 Aug 2018, 18:14

I'll be honest I've never really got the acclaim for this band, so I'll be interested what people pick.

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Postby CAN » 10 Aug 2018, 18:25

So would I!

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Postby Goat Boy » 10 Aug 2018, 18:38



C'mon man, this is incredible.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 10 Aug 2018, 19:16

The Modernist wrote:I'll be honest I've never really got the acclaim for this band, so I'll be interested what people pick.


They're pretty good, but probably don't live up to the ecstatic acclaim accorded them in so many rock snob circles. I'm gonna say maybe 12-15 good/great cuts (mostly on their first two albums. I've never liked Bull of the Woods; it's not even recorded that well). The jug is irritating, but some like a bit of irritation in their music, so there's that. When all is said and done, I probably like the Seeds better.

The band's history is fascinating though, and I highly recommend the book Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators. It would make a great movie. I mean these guys were true believers in the culture of acid. They would play high all the time - even the Dead didn't do that... Lol
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Postby Pansy Puff » 10 Aug 2018, 19:27

I think Fire Engine is amazing. And I flipped my wig when I heard their original Slip Inside This House.
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Postby Hightea » 10 Aug 2018, 20:07

The Modernist wrote:I'll be honest I've never really got the acclaim for this band, so I'll be interested what people pick.


you might also want to listen to Roky's solo album Roky Erickson and the Aliens.