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

Album no. 72/1001

Have you ever tried to play the jug? How about the ELECTRIC jug?

The 13th Floor Elevators did just that – and are probably the only band on this list to have the jug listed as an instrument. One of the first bands to bring psychedelic music to the masses, the Elevators were a band from Texas who pioneered drugs, music and the exciting combination of the two.

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: No. What a great name though. Does it mean the elevators just go up to the 13th floor? Or is it the collection of elevators on the 13th floor?  

NK: I think in America they have a thing where they don’t list floor 13 because it’s bad luck? So they go straight from floor 12 to floor 14. I have no idea if this is true or not, somebody let me know. I’ve never listened to this.

Standout track

CL: Wait! I do know this! For anyone who’s seen High Fidelity – arguably one of the best movies about music – ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ is the opening track. BANGER, for sure.

NK: That is a good song, but I did not recognise it from High Fidelity. All I remember about High Fidelity is that Bruce Springsteen is in it.

CL: Typical. I really liked ‘Reverberation’ as well. Actually one thing I didn’t like was the consistent weird noise throughout the whole album that started annoying me pretty early on. It sounds a lot like a pigeon but is, in actual fact THE ELECTRIC JUG. Watch this video to see old mate Tommy burning it up on the jug.

NK: I think ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ is the best track.

When would be the best time to listen to this?

CL: I mean… probably having a little bit of drugs would help, right?

NK: I don’t think it would hurt, put it that way.

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: For the jug. Obviously. (I didn’t like the jug)

NK: I would never have guessed they are from Texas. They sound like one of the San Francisco psych bands, Jefferson Airplane or Big Brother and the Holding Company. I think it’s fair to say the 13th Floor Elevators had some influence on those bands.

CL: I think their sound became incredibly influential in psychedelic circles. This great article about Tommy Hall – the infamous jug player – shows how they played a pretty big role in that genre.

Will you be listening again?  

CL: The only downside to this album I think is how long it goes for. The songs are too long. Which may be all well and good if you’re totally baked and have nowhere to go. But as a sober listening experience, it probably could have used an edit.

NK: I am not sure. This isn’t bad, but apart from the first song I don’t think there are any bangers really. If I end up developing a taste for acid I’ll give it another go.

Rating

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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