ROKY ERICKSON FAQ v2.0
Created: September 28, 1995. Last updated: March 14, 1997.
Created and maintained by Paul
Rydeen. Reviewed, revised & approved by Casey
ED NOTE: For post-97 Roky news, see the official Roky site and see this 2008 article about Roky's wild 70's years.
1. INTRODUCTION. This is my best attempt to collect into one
place some basic information about the rock singer/songwriter/guitar player
Roky Erickson. My intent is to spread the word across the net wherever
potential Roky fans may be. While there is no alt.fan.roky-erickson, there
should be. Everyone else has a mailing list or newsgroup. What I'd really
like to see is a Roky Erickson Web site complete with lyrics, photos, discography,
and audio excerpts of his recordings. If this FAQ is distributed widely
enough, it could happen. A special thanks to Casey for his valuable input
to this document.
2. ROKY WHO? ROger KYnard Erickson was a founding member of the
world's first psychedelic band, The Thirteenth Floor Elevators. They had
a hit single in 1966 called "You're Gonna Miss Me." It made the
Billboard Top 100. Roky was 19 years old at the time. The Elevators' first
album was THE PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS OF THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR ELEVATORS.
It was the first time the word "psychedelic" had been used to
describe recorded music.
Originally based in Austin, Texas, the Elevators played frequently throughout
the state and in the San Francisco area at clubs such as Filmore West and
the Avalon. Young musicians like Jerry Garcia and Grace Slick watched them
play. Janis Joplin, another Texan, jammed with the group twice and considered
joining the group but ended up fronting Big Brother & the Holding Company.
After a second album, EASTER EVERYWHERE, and a few drug busts,
the band kind of lost direction. Roky was arrested in 1969 with about six
joints on Mount Bonnell in Austin. It was his second arrest for pot. Rather
than serving a short term in prison, he pled insanity and was sentenced
to the Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Austin. While in
Rusk, Roky started a band with fellow inmates (The Missing Links), wrote
nearly 100 songs, befriended Jimmy Wolcott (an Elevators fan who had murdered
his family while high from sniffing glue), was subjected to electroshock
and liquid thorazine treatments and, with the help of his girlfriend (and
later wife) Dana Gaines and his childhood best friend George Kinney, put
together OPENERS, his first book of poetry. Through the efforts
of his brother Mikel and attorneys Jim Simon and Jon Howard, Roky was judged
sane by a Travis County jury and released in late 1972.
3. INSANITY? ELECTRO-SHOCK? I can't comment on Roky's mental
condition prior to his being committed. While he was in, he spent his time
writing numerous songs and poems about love, God, the devil. Roky devoured
every book he could get while in Rusk. His genius was fueled by his isolation
and the strangeness of his surroundings. Dana says that his time in Rusk
was to an extent the most productive period of his life. Prior to Rusk,
Roky spent the summer of 1969 at Hedgecroft Hospital in Houston where he
was also administered electroshock therapy.
After Roky was released from Rusk, he performed several shows with some
of the Elevators, but the band fizzled out. Tommy Hall, the electric jug
player and principal lyricist, permanently relocated to San Francisco.
Stacy Sutherland, lead guitarist, became strung out on heroin and was eventually
murdered by his wife. In late 1974, several friends, including autoharpist
Bill Miller, helped Roky to put together his first "solo" band,
Bleib Alien, since The Spades (1964-65). "Bleib" is an anagram
of "Bible." Bleib Alien debuted at the Ritz Theatre in Austin
in 1975 after an introduction by famed Austin artist Jim Frankin.
Roky cut a few songs in an Austin studio with Doug Sahm, who promptly
traded Roky a smoothie for the rights to "Starry Eyes," "Red
Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog)" and "Don't Slander Me".
But Outlaw Country ruled the day in Austin in the mid-1970s, so Roky soon
left for San Francisco. He found a manager, Craig Luckin, and formed a
new band, Roky Erickson and the Aliens (only Bill Miller joined Roky from
4. IT'S A CLEAR NIGHT FOR MARS. Rather than the psychedelic ballads
of the Elevators, the Aliens played hard rock songs, many with horror themes.
Roky summoned gremlins, demons, vampires and more in his dark entreaties,
while also writing and performing some of the most touching love songs
ever heard. He also told an interviewer he was a Martian. Some say Roky
truly was insane. Others claim it was all part of the act, one more creative
outlet for Roky's fertile mind. Whatever the case, one cannot deny his
natural musical talent. There's something that grabs you even in his least
inspired, most repetitive tunes.
5. ROKY TODAY. Roky no longer writes and he rarely performs.
He released an album in early 1995, ALL THAT MAY DO MY RHYME (available
from Trance Syndicate at the address
below), half recorded in 1994, half in 1984. It has a country twang to
it - twelve-string guitar, acoustic backdrop, etc. Call it "Rokabilly,"
Interviews I've heard with Roky are less than lucid. He lives in a federally-subsidized
house in Del Valle, a tiny suburb southeast of Austin. He keeps several
TVs and radios going at any given time, presumably to drown out his internal
noise. He takes no medication, although he is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic.
Friends take him to dinner once a week, help him pay his bills, keep him
He was busted in 1989 for stealing other people's mail, although it
was shown that is was a misunderstanding rather than deliberate mischief.
He had been collecting and distributing mail for two neighbors, but when
they moved away Roky continued to collect but no longer distribute. When
police came to his home they found it all unopened and some of it taped
to his walls.
6. WHAT ABOUT THE MUSIC? The best samplers of the Thirteenth
Floor Elevators are their first two albums, THE PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS OF
THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR ELEVATORS and EASTER EVERYWHERE. There
are many live bootlegs - ones which I encourage you to make tapes of but
not to buy because Roky makes little or no money from them - including
a recent 3-CD set of outtakes and live tracks. This continues to be a problem
for Roky. A trust fund has been established in Austin to collect past-due
royalties. A local attorney - Rick Triplett - provides pro bono counsel
to Roky to collect these royalties.
There are a few live bootlegs from Roky's later days with bands such
as the Aliens, the Resurrectionists, the Explosives, and Evil Hook Wildlife
ET. I'd recommend the authorized releases as the place to start. Look for
THE EVIL ONE, DON'T SLANDER ME, and GREMLINS HAVE PICTURES,
as well as his latest, ALL THAT MAY DO MY RHYME. You also should
hear a tribute album recorded by other musicians who appreciate Roky's
talents, WHERE THE PYRAMID MEETS THE EYE (Sire 1990). It features
ZZ Top and REM, among others.
7. BOOKS AND VIDEOS. OPENERS II was recently published
by former Black Flag singer Henry Rollins. It is a 316-page compendium
of Roky's lyrics compiled and edited by Casey
Monahan. Get it in better record stores (like Waterloo in Austin),
or direct from 2.13.61 Publications.
I know of at least one video, DEMON ANGEL, and Austin CableVision
runs specials on him from time to time. There's also a fanzine, ROKY
ERICKSON AND THE SECRET OF THE UNIVERSE. Addresses are listed below.
- The Roky Erickson trust fund: Rick Triplett, Esq. Graves, Dougherty,
Hearon and Moody 515 Congress Avenue, Suite 2300, Austin, TX 78701 voice,
512.480.5600; fax, 512.478.1976
- OPENERS II: THE LYRICS OF ROKY ERICKSON: 2.13.61
Publications, P.O. Box 1910, Los Angeles, CA 90078 voice, 213.969.8791;
- ALL THAT MAY DO MY RHYME (LP/CD/CASS): Trance
Syndicate Records, P.O. Box 49971, Austin, TX 78765 voice, 512.454.3265;
- ROKY ERICKSON AND THE SECRET OF THE UNIVERSE (fanzine): Michael
Blencowe, 19, Blackstone Close, Elburton, Plymouth, Devon., PL9 8UQ,
Roky Erickson homepages:
9. DISCOGRAPHY. Credit is given to Jeff
Dove and Sebastian Welton
for some of the entries below, as they were taken from Sebastian's discography
and Jeff's post to alt.music.marketplace.
The following fifteen tracks were recorded in 1979 with the Aliens and
produced by Stu Cook, formally of Creedence Clearwater Revival. They were
initially released over two different LPs in the US and the UK. These versions
of these songs are referred to as the "Stu Cook tracks:" Red
Temple Prayer (Two-Headed Dog) / I Think of Demons / Creature With the
Atom Brain / The Wind and More / Don't Shake Me Lucifer / Bloody Hammer
/ Stand For the Fire Demon / Click Your Fingers Applauding the Play / If
You Have Ghosts / I Walked With a Zombie / Night of the Vampire / Cold
Night for Alligators / Mine, Mine, Mind / Sputnik (Alien I Creator) / White
- 1975 Red Temple Prayer (Two-Headed Dog) / Starry Eyes 7" - Mars
100 (US) - with the Aliens
- 1977 Bermuda / The Interpreter 7" - Rhino 003 (US)
- 1977 Bermuda / The Interpreter 7" - Virgin VS 180 (UK) - with
- 1977 Roky Erickson EP: Two-Headed Dog / I Have Always Been Here Before
/ Mine, Mine, Mind / Click Your Fingers Applauding the Play 7" - Sponge
- 1979 Roky Erickson & the Nervebreakers Live Dallas 1979 LP- New Rose/Fan Club 422404 (France): The Wind and More /
Starry Eyes /
Mine Mine Mine /
Cold Night for Alligators /
The Interpreter /
You're Gonna Miss Me /
I Walked with a Headhunter (this is really I Walked with a Zombie-
they goofed on cover) /
BoDiddley's a Headhunter /
Two-Headed Dog /
Bloddy Hammer (thanks to Bob Childress for the information)
- 1980 Roky Erickson and the Aliens LP - CBS 84463 (UK): I Walked With
a Zombie / Night of the Vampire / Mine, Mine, Mind / White Faces / Creature
With the Atom Brain / The Wind and More / Two-Headed Dog plus three more
- 1980 Creature With the Atom Brain / The Wind and More 7" - CBS
8888 (UK) - Both are "Stu Cook tracks" versions.
- 1980 Mine, Mine, Mind / Bloody Hammer (long version) 7" - CBS
9055 (UK) - Both are "Stu Cook tracks."
- 1981 The Evil One LP - 415 Records 415A-0005 (US): Don't Shake Me Lucifer
/ Click Your Fingers Applauding the Play / If You Have Ghosts / Cold Night
for Alligators / Stand For the Fire Demon / Sputnik / I Think of Demons
/ Creature With the Atom Brain / The Wind and More / Bloody Hammer
- 1984 Don't Slander Me / Starry Eyes 7" - Dynamic DY 002 (US) -
with the Roky Erickson Band. This is a new recording of Starry Eyes
- 1985 The Beast / Heroin (live) 12" - Live Wire LW 5 (US) 1985
The Beast / Heroin (live) 12" - One Big Guitar OBG 004T (UK)
- 1985 Clear Night for Love EP - New Rose ROSE 69 (FR): You Don't Love
Me Yet / Clear Night for Love / The Haunt / Starry Eyes / Don't Slander
Me - with the Roky Erickson Band. These are the same versions of Don't
Slander Me and Starry Eyes as the 1984 single.
- 1985 Roky Erickson and Evil Hook Wildlife E.T. LP - Live Wire ? (US)
- 1986 Don't Slander Me LP/CD - Enigma/Pink Dust 72108-1: Don't Slander
Me / Crazy, Crazy Mama / Hasn't Anyone Told You / Burn the Flames / plus
more. All previously recorded tracks on this have been re-recorded. The
band was assembled for this session, and included Alien Anthony Miller
and Jack Cassady on bass.
- 1986 Gremlins Have Pictures live compilation LP - Enigma/Pink Dust
72109-1: Night of the Vampire / The Interpreter / Song to Abe Lincoln /
John Lawman / Anthem (I Promise) / Warning (Social and Political Injustices)
/ Sweet Honey Pie / Cold Night For Alligators / I Am / Heroin / I Have
Always Been Here Before / Before In the Beginning
- 1987 I Think of Demons LP - Edsel ED 222 (UK) - Twelve "Stu Cook
- 1987 The Holiday Inn Tapes LP - New Rose/Fan Club FC 030/NR 300: The
Singing Grandfather / The Times I've Had / That's My Song / True Love Ways
/ Peggy Sue Got Married / Mighty Is Our Love / I Look At the Moon / Don't
Slander Me / May the Circle Remain Unbroken / The Singing Grandfather -
Roky solo acoustic.
- 1987 Don't Shake Me Lucifer (live) flexi - Bucketful of Brains BOB
13 - with the Resurrectionists. Free with Bucketful of Brains magazine.
- 1987 Creature With the Atom Brain (live) 7" - One Big Guitar OBG
- 1987 The Evil One CD - Enigma/Pink Dust ? (US): Re-issued on Restless
as RES 72212 in 1993. All fifteen "Stu Cook tracks."
- 1988 Two-Headed Dog EP: Two-Headed Dog / I Have Always Been Here Before
/ Mine, Mine, Mind / Click Your Fingers Applauding the Play 7"? -
Fan Club ? (FR) - A re-issue of Sponge 101 from 1977.
- 1988 Clear Night for Love / You Don't Know Me Yet 12" - Fundamental
PRAY 007 (US)
- 1988 Live at the Ritz 1987 LP/CD - New Rose/Fan Club FC 046: You're
Gonna Miss Me / Bloody Hammer plus more. The band includes Fred Krc, Cam
King, Chris Holyhaus, and Will Sexton.
- 1988 Acoustic EP 12" - ROK 88:
- 1988 Two Twisted Tales 7"? - Five Hours Back TICK 001 (UK)
- 1988 Openers LP - Five Hours Back TICK 010 (UK):
- 1988 Casting the Runes LP - Five Hours Back ? (UK): Don't Shake Me
Lucifer / I Love How You Love Me / Bloody Hammer / The Wind and More /
For You / Night of the Vampire plus more. Live with the Explosives from
- 1988 Click Your Fingers Applauding the Play compilation CD - New Rose
/ Fan Club Roky 1: You Don't Love Me Yet / Clear Night for Love / The Haunt
/ Starry Eyes / Don't Slander Me / The Singing Grandfather / The Times
I've Had / That's My Song / True Love Ways / Peggy Sue Got Married / Mighty
Is Our Love / I Look At the Moon / Don't Slander Me / May the Circle Remain
Unbroken / The Singing Grandfather / Mine Mine, Mind / Click Your Fingers
Applauding the Play / Two-Headed Dog / I Have Always Been Here Before.
A re-issue of the Clear Night For Love EP, the Holiday Inn Tapes LP, and
the Two-Headed Dog EP.
- 1990 Reverend of Karmic Youth LP/CD - Skyclad Six 66: When You Get
Delighted / To Think / Warning / True Love Cast Out All Evil / Love Isn't
a Part Time Thing / The Looking Glass Song / The Interpreter / Starry Eyes
/ For You / Bloody Hammer / The Wind and More / Night of the Vampire. The
first six tracks are live/solo acoustic from Austin Cable Vision, June
1985. "The Interpreter" and "Starry Eyes" are with
the Explosives live in Austin in 1979. "For You," "Bloody
Hammer," "The Wind and More," and "Night of the Vampire"
are with the Explosives live in Houston 1979, and were previously on Casting
- 1990 Gremlins Have Pictures live compilation CD - Demon Fiend CD66
(UK): Night of the Vampire / The Interpreter / Song to Abe Lincoln / John
Lawman / Anthem (I Promise) / Warning (Social and Political Injustices)
/ Sweet Honey Pie / Cold Night For Alligators / I Am / Heroin / I Have
Always Been Here Before / Before In the Beginning / Click Your Fingers
Applauding the Play / If You Have Ghosts / The Damn Thing / Sputnik. A
re-issuse of the 1986 Enigma/Pink Dust LP with four extra tracks. "Click
Your Fingers Applauding the Play," "If You Have Ghosts,"
and "Sputnik" are "Stu Cook tracks."
- 1991 You're Gonna Miss Me-Best of Roky Erickson CD - Restless 8777
72532 (US): Don't Shake Me Lucifer / Bermuda / Nothing in Return / Click
Your Fingers Applauding the Play / I Am / I Have Always Been Here Before
/ White Faces / Night of the Vampire / Don't Slander Me / Starry Eyes /
If You Have Ghosts / Can't Be Brought Down / Creature With the Atom Brain
/ I Walked With a Zombie / The Interpreter / Two-Headed Dog (Red Temple
Prayer) / You're Gonns Miss Me / Wake Up to Rock and Roll / Gonna Die More
/ I'm a Demon / Leave / My Kitten Alone
- 1991 You're Gonna Miss Me - The Best of Roky Erickson CD - Demon 2773
66 2 (UK):
- 1991 Magic of the Pyramids CD - Collectibles COL 505 (?):
- 1994 Beauty and the Beast LP/CD - Sympathy For The Record Industry
SFTRI 182 (US): Two-Headed Dog / Cold Night For Alligators / Hasn't Anyone
Told You? / Mine, Mine Mind / The Beast / Don't Shake Me Lucifer / You're
Gonna Miss Me / Angel / Bloody Hammer / I Think Of Demons / I Walked With
a Zombie / Crazy, Crazy Mama / White Faces / Creature With the Atom Brain.
Live in Houston 1982 with the Resurrectionists.
- 1994 Hasn't Anybody Told You / The Interpreter 7" - Sympathy For
The Record Industry SFTRI ?
- 1994 Demon Angel LP - Texas Archives ? (US): Live, solo acoustic from
- 1994 1966-67 Unreleased Masters CD - Collectibles COL 8816 (?):
- 1994 Hasn't Anyone Told You? Digital Compact Cassette - Sympathy For
The Record Industry?:
- 1995 All That May Do My Rhyme CD - Trance Syndicate TRA 33: I'm Gonna
Free Her / Starry Eyes / You Don't Love Me Yet / Please Judge / Don't Slander
Me / We Are Never Talking / For You (I'd Do Anything) / For You / Clear
Night For Love / Haunt / Starry Eyes. All previously released tracks are
- 1995 Roky Erickson and Evil Hook Wildlife E.T. LP/CD - Sympathy For
The Record Industry SYZ 345: A re-issue of the 1985 Live Wire LP.
- 1995 Demon Angel CD - Trance Syndicate TVR 94102 (US): See above.
- ? Live in Austin 1981 LP/CD
- ? : With The Aliens. This is a boot.
- ? Roky Erickson and The Nervebreakers, Live, Dallas, 1979 CD - New
- ? (FR):
- ? Love To See You Bleed LP/CD? - Swordfish
- ? (UK): Please Don't Kill My Baby / Miss Elude / Bumble Bee Zombie
/ Haunt / Creature With the Atom Brain / spoken word pieces plus more.
Rare, unreleased, and alternate tracks.
- ? Mad Dog LP/CD: European issue with previously unreleased tracks from
1976 and 1982.
- ? Live in California 1975 CD - German boot (das boot?). From River
City, with the Aliens.
10. CHRONOLOGY (Copyright 1995 Sumner Erickson and Casey
Monahan. Additional material by Paul
- 7/15 Roger Kynard Erickson born in Dallas while father attends convention
- 1/1 first single (on Contact) "You're Gonna Miss Me / Tried To
Hide" w/ Spades (month unknown)
- 12/1 Roky and the Spades break up
- 12/1 Roky and Elevators first gig
- 12/1 PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS demos 1965-66
- 1/1 Bennie Thurman leaves, replaced by Ronnie Leatherman (month unknown)
- 1/1 first bust (month unknown)
- 1/1 PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS recorded (month unknown)
- 1/1 Zales Jewelry Store Radio Ad, month unknown (on PSYCHEDELIC MICRODOTS
FROM THE '60s VOL. II)
- 1/1 PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS recorded / released (month unknown)
- 1/1 FIRE IN MY BONES bootleg LP (month unknown) - 1967?
- 1/13 Jade Room in Jim Langdon's "Nightbeat" column
- 1/27 "You're Gonna Miss Me / Tried To Hide" banned from KNOW
- 2/8 New Orleans Club two-night stand
- 3/1 (?) La Maison Ballroom, Houston (live w/o audience, "spring
- 3/15 benefit for Teodar Jackson (in Houston?)
- 3/16 New Orleans Club, Austin, broadcast live on KAZZ-FM
- 3/25 Sump'n Else TV Show, WFFA-TV Studio 3, Dallas (on PSYCHEDELIC
MICRODOTS VOL. I)
- 4/28 New Orleans Club two nights
- 5/1 Janis Joplin decides to join Elevators, but Chet Helms convinces
her to try SF again
- 5/9 Sump'n Else TV Show, Dallas (on PSYCHEDELIC MICRODOTS VOL. II &
FLIVVER boot & FIRE IN MY BONES boot)
- 5/15 opens for the Byrds at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth
- 5/23 two nights at New Orleans Club
- 5/30 Janis Joplin performs with Elevators
- 6/1 La Maison Ballroom, Houston, "summer 1966," month unknown
(ELEVATOR TRACKS boot)
- 6/30 live at the Avalon, San Francisco
- 7/28 trial date set for 9/19/66
- 8/1 leaves for San Francisco / Los Angeles for four months, performs
on American Bandstand and Where the Action Is; releases first LP
- 8/26 Filmore two-night stand
- 9/2 & 9/3 Avalon, San Francisco (AVALON LIVE '66 LP)
- 9/19 trial date
- 9/30 Avalon Ballroom
- 10/1 Avalon Ballroom
- 11/3 performs at Vulcan Gas Company two nights
- 11/11 Avalon two-night stand
- 12/1 John Ike Walton leaves, Danny Thomas replaces (month unknown)
- 12/8 with Shiva's Headband at Vulcan Gas Company three nights
- 12/19 Newsweek article
- 1/1 live at the New Orleans Club, Austin (month unknown)
- 1/1 Danny Galindo joins (month not known)
- 1/1 debut issue of Mother magazine (month unknown)
- 1/7 Elevators and Conqueroo at Doris Miller Auditorium
- 1/7 returns from California
- 2/10 City Coliseum with Conqueroo
- 4/1 Doris Miller Auditorium with the Wig
- 7/1 enters studio for two months to record EASTER EVERYWHERE
- 7/1 Ronnie Leatherman out, Danny Galindo in
- 10/1 Easter Everywhere released (Autumn, month unknown)
- 1/1 BULL OF THE WOODS recorded live (month unknown)
- 1/1 at Hemisphere Roky does a whole lot of speed and LSD and ODs "badly"
- 11/1 live LP released (month unknown)
- 12/1 Roky's second bust (month unknown)
- 12/7 Rolling Stone article
- 1/1 Rusk (month not known)
- 7/1 Hedgecroft Hospital that summer
- 10/8 State of Texas vs. Roky Erickson
- 10/3 through 16th issue Space City remembers Roky with "Get Him
Out of Rusk" concert with Headstone (brother Mikel Erickson's band)
- 10/31 Space City "Our Heritage" article
- 1/1 NUGGETS released
- 2/1 OPENERS by the Reverend Roger Roky Kynard Erickson (Pyramid Press)
published (month not known)
- 1/1 Roky joins with John Ike Walton (month unknown)
- 2/11 Elevators at Mother Earth
- 4/1 Elevators at La Bistille (Bastille?) in Houston "hitting the
road again, New Orleans, Dallas, Colorado and SF" (Abraxas magazine)
- 12/9 KTM-FM interview, San Rafael, CA
- 1/1 Story of Pop Punk Rock Pop 1960-1965 (record released? month unknown)
- 1/1 daughter Spring born to Renee (month unknown)
- 1/1 "Red Temple Prayer / Starry Eyes" single (Mars) released
with Bleib Alien and produced by Doug Sahm (month unknown)
- 4/6 Roky and the Aliens at Ritz Theatre, Not Fade Away issue on Elevators
- 7/2 Roky and Bleib Alien at Armadillo (year unknown)
- 7/4 Soap Creek (year unknown)
- 11/7 Longbranch with "Earthquake" opening
- 11/19 records demos "Alien I Creator / Bermuda / Two-Headed Dog"
- 11/29 studio session, location unknown
- 12/1 two shows at the Longbranch in Berkeley, CA
- 12/8 & 12/9 solo live at River City, Fairfax, CA
- 1/1 son Jegar born to Dana
- 1/12 solo live at Sleeping Lady Cafe, Fairfax, CA
- 6/1 June article in Rock and Folk magazine (France) says Pink Floyd
lifted "Set Your Hearts" from "Roller Coaster"
- 7/2 (maybe '75) at Armadillo
- 12/1 (?) Sleeping Lady Cafe, Fairfax, CA
- 1/1 records demos "Bermuda / The Interpreter / Mine Mine Mind"
- 1/1 records Master Tape Demos for Aliens LP
- 1/1 "Bermuda / The Interpreter" on Rhino (US) and Virgin
(UK) (month unknown)
- 4/1 DMZ in Boston records "You're Gonna Miss Me"
- 1/1 Aliens formed (month not known)
- 1/1 Radarscope releases promotional LP with "She Lives In A Time
Of Her Own" (month unknown)
- 4/1 KSAN-FM interview, San Francisco
- 8/24 Stacy Sutherland shot and killed in Houston
- 10/1 Whiskey a Go-Go with the Aliens (day not known)
- 10/28 Radar reissues "You're Gonna Miss Me"
- 1/1 CASTING THE RUNES recorded live (month, location unknown)
- 1/1 All 12 International Artists albums reissued in box set (month
- 5/1 at Rauls with Reversible Chords (Re-Cords)
- 6/23 Live at the Palladium, Dallas, TX (w/ the Nervebreakers)
- 8/1 Continental Club with the Bizarros (special guest Joe King and
- 10/30 Roky and Explosives at Skip Willies in San Antonio for Punk Rock
- 1/1 Aliens CBS demos "Alien I Creator / Bloody Hammer / Cold Night
for Alligators" (month unknown)
- 1/1 CBS LP released in UK (month unknown)
- 4/6 MEETING WITH AN ALIEN airs on ACTV
- 8/1 Roky in London (day unknown) at Portobello Hotel; interviews with
Splash and New Musical Express
- 9/20 KZEW-FM interview, Dallas
- 1/1 second CBS demos "Starry Eyes / Nothing In Return / Some Kind
Of Ghost / Bermuda / Burn the Flames" (month unknown)
- 1/1 Creem magazine
- 1/1 Hot Klubb in Dallas with Explosives (month unknown)
- 2/20 Club Foot with Aliens
- 4/9 with Resurrectionists at Escape Club in Houston (year unknown)
- 5/7 Club Foot with Aliens
- 6/19 Roky and Explosives at Continental
- 7/17 Explosives at the Island Club in Houston for two nights
- 7/30 Continental Club with Explosives
- 8/1 Explosives and Sir Douglas Quintet at Skip Willies in San Antonio
- 8/14 with Explosives at Club Foot
- 9/10 THE EVIL ONE released by 415 Records in US
- 9/25 Berkeley
- 1/1 GREMLINS HAVE PICTURES (recorded live 1975 - 1982) released (month
- 3/25 live at Faces, Baton Rouge
- 3/26 interviewed on WTUL-FM radio, New Orleans
- 3/26 Beat Exchange, New Orleans
- 4/2 Beat Exchange with the Aliens
- 6/25 & 6/26 Island Club, Houston (Beauty & The Beast LP)
- 7/3 performs live, location unknown
- 9/4 live at Tupelo's, New Orleans
- 6/1 Soap Creek Saloon, Austin (day unknown)
- 1/1 Cydne born (month not known)
- 1/1 Bob Dylan covers recorded in Roky's backyard (month unkown)
- 3/9 Live at Trinity's, Baton Rouge, LA
- 5/30 DEMON ANGEL video recorded
- 6/11 Austin Opera House, live on KTXZ-AM radio
- 6/16 Elevators reunion at Liberty Lunch
- 6/29 "The Beast / Heroin" released at Waterloo Records
- 7/1 or 8/1 KPFT-FM interview, Houston (date unknown)
- 8/11 Elevators Reunion at Consolidated Arts Warehouse in Houston, Roky
quotes Roger Corman's Return of the Living Dead as intro to "Burn
- 10/1 live on KTXZ-AM radio, Austin
- 10/9 Soap Creek Austin Chronicle "Songwriters Recognition Series"
- 10/31 Halloween at Soap Creek Saloon
- 12/11 Dynamic Records DON'T SLANDER ME released (?)
- 1/1 January February issue of Blitz magazine "overall sales is
hundreds of thousands, PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS over 140,000 copies sold"
- 1/1 NEW TALES OF THE WEIRD 2xLP bootleg released (month unknown)
- 1/1 OPENERS released (recorded live 1979 - 1985)
- 4/5 solo live on KTXZ-AM radio, Austin
- 7/7 interview on KUT-FM radio, Austin
- 8/1 Return of the Living Dead soundtrack released
- 10/1 "Don't Slander Me / Starry Eyes" on Dynamic Records
- 10/4 Roky meets REM's Peter Buck
- 11/1 November-December issue of Option magazine reviews FIRE IN MY
- 1/1 HOLIDAY INN TAPES recorded solo live (month unknown)
- 5/24 three-hour tribute to Roky on KFJC-FM in California
- 2/21 The Ritz, Austin (w/ Evil Hook Wildlife ET), last full concert,
released as LIVE AT THE RITZ
- 3/10 live on KLBJ-FM radio, Austin
- 1/1 third bust: Mail Tampering
- 1/1 WHERE THE PYRAMID MEETS THE EYE tribute album released (Sire Records,
month unknown), includes covers by ZZ Top, REM, and Butthole Surfers
- 1/1 YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME: THE BEST OF ROKY ERICKSON released (month
- 7/15 solo at Liberty Lunch: "Starry Eyes / Two Headed Dog"
- 3/1 Austin Music Awards w/ Speedy, John Reed, Will Sexton, Mike Buck
- 3/17 Palmer Auditorium, Austin (w/ Mystic Knights of the Sea)
- 6/13 Antone's, Austin (Austin Music Festival)
- 7/13 La Zona Rosa, Austin (7/15?)
- 7/15 La Zona Rosa with Speedy, John Reed, Charlie Sexton, Mike Buck
- 8/1 Daugherty Arts Center with Speedy, John Reed, Will Sexton, Mike
- 10/1 Lynn Howell's benefit with Speedy, John, Charlie Mike Buck at
- 10/7 records basic tracks for ALL THAT MAY DO MY RHYME at Arlyn Studio
- 1/1 " We Are Never Talking / Please Judge" 7" released
- 3/1 sings "Starry Eyes" w/ Lou Ann Barton at Austin Music
- 7/15 w/ Speedy, John Reed, Mike Buck at his birthday show at Antone's
- 2/13 releases ALL THAT MAY DO MY RHYME
- 3/21 publication of OPENERS II at Iron Works Barbecue, Austin
- 5/1 performs "Why Must I Be A Teenager in Love, For You (I'd Do
Anything), Starry Eyes and Two Headed Dog" solo at Antone's at a benefit
for brother Mikel Erickson's legal fees
- The Spades:
- The Thirteenth Floor Elevators:
- Bleib Alien: Bill Miller, Mike Ritchie
- The Aliens: Duane Aslaksen, Bill Miller, Jeff Sutton, John Maxwell
plus Fuzzy Furioso, Steven Morgan Burgess, Andre Lewis, and Stu Cook for
the "Stu Cook tracks."
- The Explosives: Cam King, Waller Collie III, Fred Krc
- The Resurrectionists: Jimmy Jones, Brian S. Curley, Carl Giesecke
- The Roky Erickson Band: Speedy Sparks, Harry Hess, John Reed
- The Nervebreakers: Mike Haskins, Barry Kooda, Tex Edwards, Bob Childress
- The Austin 1987 band: Will Sexton, Chris Holyhaus, Cam King, Fred Krc
- Evil Hook Wildlife E.T.:
- 27 Devils Joking:
Also see our Roky & Doug Sahm article
and our tribute article to Roky and our article on Roky's indie label revival