Halloween is when we honor the dead and the undead, so what better time than now to celebrate the eternal life of Roky Erickson, one of the truly immortal forces of rock and roll?
For this year’s Halloween playlist, I have built an aural alter to pay homage to this inimitable spirit that assisted in fathering both the psychedelic and horror rock genres, and inspiring countless artists for over the last 50 years.
(All songs are solo Roky cuts, except where noted).
- I Walked with a Zombie – Halloween Life 1979-81
- Haunt – All That May Do My Rhyme
- Stand for the Fire Demon – Live at the Whisky, 1981
- Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (Live At La Maison, Summer 1966) – 13th Floor Elevators – Headstone – The Contact Sessions
- Lay Down Your Weary Tune – You and I and Me
- Night of The Vampire – The Evil One
- Creature with the Atom Brain – Halloween II: Live 2007
- You’re Gonna Miss Me (Take 6) – 13th Floor Elevators – Headstone – The Contact Sessions
- Heroin – Live at the Whisky, 1981
- It’s All Over Now Baby Blue Jam – 13th Floor Elevators – Live in Houston, 2/18/67
- Monkey Island (live) – 13th Floor Elevators – You and I and Me
- Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer) – Live at Raul’s
- Roller Coaster (live) – w/The Black Angels – The Psychedelic Sounds of the Sonic Cathedral
- Colors – You and I and Me
- She Lives in a Time of Her Own Jam – 13th Floor Elevators – Live in Houston, 2/18/67
- Don’t Shake Me Lucifer (live) – You and I and Me
- The Beast – Gremlins Have Pictures