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Wednesday Weirdness: Ode to the Founder of Psychedelic Music

Hola kitties! DJ CK here. I was wondering what to do for my Music Monday freebie. Then the answer dropped into my lap. Two musicians who may not have been household names—but should have been—passed away late last week. When we tried to create a playlist, YouTube wouldn't let us save any songs so Music Monday became Music Wednesday. Our playlist is a lot different than the songs you're used to hearing from me but as the title suggests really weird. Weird as in different.

Wednesday Weirdness: Ode to the Founder of Psychedelic Music

Austin, Texas, has always been a hotbed for good music. Every year since 1987 they've hosted the SXSW music conference and festival. Musician Roky Erickson emerged from the scene in the mid-60s and could very well be the founder/godfather of psychedelic music. Roky always described himself as an Alien which was the name of one of the bands he formed. He died last Friday at the age of 71. If you're not familiar with him, you can read more about him. My playlist included songs from throughout his long career as well as a few covered by other bands that he influenced.

We weren't sure what we wanted to put in our playlist so we enlisted the help of one of TW's friends who was close to him. She mentioned some of her fave tunes and we couldn't argue. The Spades were from his pre-13th Floor Elevator Days. We included an early tv appearance and a whole lot of cool psychedelia.

  1.  You're Gonna Miss Me. A trailer for a movie by the same name about his life.
  2.  "We Sell Soul"—The Spades
  3.  "You're Gonna Miss Me"—13th Floor Elevators
  4.  "You're Gonna Miss Me"—13th Floor Elevators, cool b&w clip from American Bandstand
  5.  "She Lives in a Time of Her Own—13th Floor Elevators
  6.  "(It's All Over Now) Baby Blue"—13th Floor Elevators covering Dylan. Dana said "My fondest memory of Roky is him sitting at my kitchen table and singing 'Baby Blue.'"
  7.  "Splash 1"—Roky Erickson
  8.  "Don't Slander Me"—Roky Erickson
  9.  "It's a Cold Night for Alligators"—Roky Erickson
  10.  "She Lives in a Time of Her Own"—Judybats
  11.  "Bermuda"—Vibrating Egg
  12.  "Don't Slander Me"—Lou Ann Barton
Can you spot the R.E.M.-related tune? You know it has to be there. Vibrating Egg is a band fronted by Jefferson Holt, who was their manager at the time. For some reason, YouTube deleted R.E.M.'s cover of Roky's "I Walked With a Zombie."

Let's switch gears now or tune the dial to a another station.

On a totally different note,  Leon Redbone specialized in jazz, ragtime and Tin Pan Alley classics. At one time in the early '70s, it seemed that Redbone opened for every act TW went to see. At the time she didn't appreciate him; in fact, many in the audience laughed at him. He is believed to have been 70 at the time of his death on May 30.

This song is a real moldy oldie. TW's dad used to sing this song about Harvey Moon all the time.

I'm just sharing two songs. He certainly was a character.

No prompt this week but today's post is part of the #4M Music Monday blog hop co-hosted by Curious as a Cathy and a chorus of others.

Wednesday Weirdness: Ode to the Founder of Psychedelic Music

Gratuitous cat photo. I don't know why humans think it's funny to put stuff on our backs.

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  1. I hadn't heard of Roky Erickson before, his music was pretty cool. Leon Redbone, I'm not sure if I liked his music or not. Different notes for different folks I guess. :)

  2. Keisha,

    Don't feel back humans, the little ones, have a bad knack of taping stupid signs like 'kick me' on the backs of one another. Be thankful yours didn't do that. :) and John paid tribute to Leon Redbone. I mentioned to him the name sounds familiar but none of his mewsic did any brain cell jingling. Great remembrance of a talented artist. Have a boogietastic week!

  3. The Dad grew up during that ear and there was so much good music going around. He was sad to hear about Leon Redbone.

  4. CK...Leon Redbone we noez....Roky Erickson we don't; we will haz ta give a listen ta hiz songz when we bee back ona dee vize with ♫♪♫♫♪♪♫

    ya look stunning; mouz.. N psyched out :) ☺☺♥♥

  5. What a great line up today! And Leon!!! Gotta love Mr. Redbone!

  6. This has been a sad week for lots of music lovers - my human's FB feed has had tributes for both of them from a variety of her pals.

  7. I enjoyed Leon Redbone- very unique sound. XO

  8. Think I'll play your post to The Hubby; he's a huge music fan!

  9. We didn't know either of them. Nice to devote your Music Monday/Wednesday to them.

    We don't understand humans either.

    The Florida Furkids

  10. I've heard of Leon Redbone! How ironic we both postponed our mewsic post to pay a special tribute to someone. This is the hardest day of the year for me after July 7, the day I lost Tara and Truffles.

  11. MOL,, I don't know what's funnier, the mouse on your back or the look on your face! Very cool psychedelic pussy cat pic!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

  12. Mom Paula says she's not sure she remembers these music artists. We know she's old, but maybe she's not as old as we think. MOL!

  13. Great playlist this week, CK. We knew about the Spades and Judybats, but not the others. We enjoyed listening and learning!

    So sad about Leon Redbone and Roky Erickson. :(

  14. I hadn't heard of either of them but do know the song. "Harvest Moon". My favourite on your playlist was Judybats.

  15. Leon died on May 30th of this year? The housekeeper loved him and his take on the music she heard in childhood (the childhood that never ended, hehe) Amazing how much you know, CK and your psychedelic look is pretty cool, too!

  16. MOL! You do not look amused with that mousie on your back.

  17. Thank you so much for this informative post! ♥ I love Psychedelic Rock and Leon Redbone. Sadly, the music world has lost another good one. R.I.P. Leon!

  18. Two artists you either like or don't like - no middle ground, I think. It was Leon Redbone for me. There is psychedelic rock I enjoy (after all, I was a teen in that era)but these selections didn't click for me - except for the live Dick Clark clip from 1966 - we are all heads, ha ha. As for Leon Redbone, his voice was so unusual and he was just plain funny, whether he intended it or not. Alana


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