Tuesday, April 15, 2008

13th Floor Elevators

Who are a band rediscovered by Hipsters and now viewed as one of the lost classics of the '60s. Kind of annoyed by the whole thing I tracked down some of their music. As far as they're a proto-punk garage band resembling The Stooges they're pretty interesting, but the claims for them being somehow psychedelically profound are absurd. The songs where they try to describe the psychedelic experience are some of the worst lyrics of their kind out there, with the lyrics considered just as song lyrics being pitifully bad. I think they're on the level of the Amboy Duke's song "Center of the Mind", which is a staple cheese psychedelic song that's entered the cannon as something that you do not want to aspire to.

I mean, I thought that Quicksilver Messenger Service was somewhat bad in writing lyrics, but they appear benign if superficial compared to the 13th Floor Elevators. Man.

If you're looking for an underground psychedelic sound from the era, albeit one that wasn't quite as garage rock based, you're better off looking up The Fugs.

I was originally going to merge this article with the below article, comparing a hipster treasure of rediscovery with something more worthwhile that they haven't had much awareness of, but...turned into two articles.

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