13th Floor Elevators

Also known as 13th Floor Elevators, 13th Floor Elevator, 13th Floor Elevators, The, 13th Floors Elevator, Elevators, Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Thirteenth Floor Elevators, The
Members of 13th Floor Elevators: Benny Thurman, Dan Galindo, Danny Thomas (3), Duke Davis, John Ike Walton, Roky Erickson, Ronnie Leatherman, Stacy Sutherland, Tommy Hall
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Discography of 13th Floor Elevators:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators 11 Audio 1966-11-00
2 The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators 11 Audio 2004 Get Back
3 Bull Of The Woods 11 Audio 1969-03-00
4 Absolutely The Best Of The 13th Floor Elevators 20 Audio 2002 Fuel 2000
5 The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators 22 Audio 2005 Charly Records
6 Easter Everywhere 10 Audio 1991 Decal
7 The Best Of 13th Floor Elevators 18 Audio 1998 Reactive Records
8 Easter Everywhere 10 Audio 2001 Get Back
9 The Psychedelic World Of The 13th Floor Elevators 75 Audio 2002 Charly Records
10 The 1966 - 1967 Unreleased Masters Collection 51 Audio 1994 Collectables
11 The Psychedelic Sounds Of/Elevators Live! 21 Audio 1988 Decal
12 The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators 11 Audio 1978 Radar Records (5)
13 Bull Of The Woods 11 Audio 2002 Get Back
14 All Time Highs 20 Audio 1997 Music Club
15 The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators 11 Audio 2008 Sundazed Music
16 The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators 11 Audio 2001 Get Back
17 Demos Everywhere 12 Audio Not On Label
18 The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators 11 Audio 2000 International Artists
19 The Psychadelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators 15 Audio 2003 Fuel 2000
20 You Really Got Me 3 Audio 1978 Austin Records (3)
21 Sign Of The 3 Eyed Men 13 Audio 2008-12-00 International Artists
22 Easter Everywhere 10 Audio 1993 Collectables
23 Easter Everywhere 10 Audio 1979 Radar Records (5)
24 The Collection 46 Audio 1991 Decal
25 Bull Of The Woods 23 Audio 2004 Charly Records
26 Flivver 16 Audio 1988 World Productions Of Compact Music
27 Elevators Live! 10 Audio 1992
28 Flivver 15 Audio 1988 World Productions Of Compact Music
29 Bull Of The Woods 11 Audio 1988 Decal
30 The Complete Elevators IA Singles Collection 17 Audio 2007 Acme
31 Live 10 Audio 1988 Decal
32 The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators 11 Audio 2002 Sunspots
33 Up On The 13th Floor 15 Audio 2000 Dressed To Kill
34 The Best Of The 13th Floor Elevators 22 Audio 1994 Eva Records (2)
35 The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators 11 Audio 1966-11-00
36 The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators 11 Audio 1993 Collectables
37 66 Live 11 Audio Not On Label
38 Bull Of The Woods 11 Audio 2002 Get Back
39 Live 10 Audio 2001 Get Back
40 Sign Of The 3 Eyed Men 165 Audio 2009
41 The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators 11 Audio 2001 Get Back
42 Easter Everywhere 10 Audio 2001 Get Back
43 Live - I've Seen Your Face Before 11 Audio 1988 Big Beat Records
44 Headstone: The Contact Sessions 19 Audio 2010 Charly Records
45 7th Heaven: Music Of The Spheres The Complete Singles Collection 18 Audio 2009
46 The Best Of... Manicure Your Mind 18 Audio 1998 M.I.L. Multimedia
47 You're Gonna Miss Me 2 Audio 1966-05-00 International Artists
48 Elevator Tracks 12 Audio 1987 Texas Archive Recordings
49 Live 10 Audio 1998 Charly Records
50 Paradise Lost - Texas Rockmusic Heritage Vol.2 48 Audio 1994 Lone Star Records


Hailing from Austin, Texas, the members of 13th Floor Elevators were quite possibly the first artists to describe their music as psychedelic. Their lyrics and sleeve notes openly and religiously endorsed the use of drugs (particularly lsd) to alter human consciousness for the better.

The band rattled to the middle of the Hot 100 in 1966 with You’re Gonna Miss Me, anchored by Roky Erickson’s unforgettable yelping vocals, Stacy Sutherland’s guitar, and Tommy Hall’s electric jug runs. According to myth, Tommy’s jug was tuned by the amount of marijuana stored in it.

The group pioneered some of the first garage psychedelia on its albums The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators 1966, and the followup Easter Everywhere 1967.

However, Texas at that time was an extremely conservative area that still hadn’t come to terms with 50’s rock ‘n’ roll. The authorities and the police set out to bust the entire band for pot (and—not surprisingly—succeeded).

Stacy Sutherland was jailed. To avoid a prison term, Roky pleaded insanity—a misguided ploy that landed him in Rusk State Hospital for the criminally insane for 3 years. That turn of events spelled the end of the band, although there was a posthumous 1968 LP, Bull of the Woods.

Roky Erickson was released from hospital in 1973 and embarked upon a successful solo career that resulted in a CBS album produced by Stu Cook from Creedence Clearwater Revival. During the 1980s he struggled with mental illness and withdrew from public life for many years. However, in the 2000s he has re-emerged with one of his late 70s/early 80s backing bands, The Explosives, playing regular gigs including the Austin City Limits festival in September 2005, as well as Coachella in California, the Hultsfred Festival in Sweden and Montreal World Film festival in Canada.


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