Roky Erickson, the beloved and troubled “Godfather of Psychedelic Rock” who forced an entire generation of musicians with his songs of enjoy and demons, died on May 31 at persons under the age of 71.
No cause of death was given.
Erickson helped introduce America to the psychedelic seem when his strip The 13 th Floor Elevators accomplished “You’re Gonna Miss Me” on the TV depict “American Bandstand” in 1966:
The song cracked the Billboard top 100, peaking at #55 in 1966, but Erickson’s career was derailed by skirmishes with mental illness, including schizophrenia.
After a 1969 seize for owned of smokes, he was sentenced to a mental institution instead of prison; there he was subjected to electroshock therapy and committed Thorazine, Texas Monthly reported in 2001.
“I was in there with people who’d chopped up parties with a butcher bayonet, and they analyse me worse because I had long hair, ” Erickson cancelled, per the magazine.
Erickson continued to record and accomplish when he was able, often originating resourceful stone chants with texts invoking the mysterious and old villain movies, such as “Don’t Shake Me Lucifer, ” “I Think of Beast, ” “Night of the Vampire, ” “Creature With The Atom Brain” and “I Walked With A Zombie.” That last sung was a delightfully remarkable pastiche of the 1960 s girl radical reverberate terminated with a container intro right out of “Be My Baby” 😛 TAGEND
Erickson also contributed the song “Burn the Flames” to the soundtrack of the worship horror-comedy, “Return of the Living Dead.” But he could produce spasm ballads as well, including “I Have Always Been Here Before” and “You Don’t Love Me Yet” 😛 TAGEND
“Some artists are able to cut right through everything and get you, ” punk rocker Henry Rollins told Texas Monthly in 2001. “Brian Wilson, Sam Cooke, Roky Erickson. His voice, lyricals and then the man himself — a sweetened, winsome chap who is so mysterious and obviously a genius.”
Rollins wrote a volume of Erickson’s words in 1995. When Erickson was struggling with both health and business, Rollins helped to pay for his dental creation, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Erickson withdrew from the spotlight in the late 1980 s. By 2001, he was taken in by one of his brothers, Sumner, and imparted medication for his mental health issues.
In the final years of his life, Erickson returned to public life, was the subject of the documentary film “You’re Gonna Miss Me” and began recording and touring again, including a triumphant 2005 image on “Austin City Limits.” That concert included ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, a longtime friend who also credited Erickson as an affect.
In a Facebook post herald the demise, Gibbons hailed Erickson’s “legacy of remarkable style, geniu, and poetic and aesthetic narratives from beyond”:
“It’s approximately unfathomable to contemplate a world without Roky Erickson. He originated his own musical galaxy and early on was a genuine insight. Even now, Roky is a source of creative vigour of the first order.”
“We certainly do know now that he’s at one with the universe, ” Gibbons added.
Twice-divorced, Erickson is survived by three children and various grandchildren, as well as three brothers and his mother, The Washington Post reported.
Fellow artists and fans required in order to social media to pay tribute to him 😛 TAGEND