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The 13th Floor Elevators was an American rock band from Austin, Texas, formed by guitarist and vocalist Roky Erickson, electric jug player Tommy Hall, and guitarist Stacy Sutherland, which existed from 1965 to 1969. During their career, the band released four LP records and seven 45s for the International Artists record label.

They are often credited as one of the first psychedelic bands in the history of rock n' roll. According to the 2005 documentary You're Gonna Miss Me, Tommy Hall is credited with coining the term "psychedelic rock", although artists such as the Holy Modal Rounders and the Deep had used the term "psychedelic" to describe their music earlier. Their contemporary influence has been acknowledged by 1960s musicians such as Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Peter Albin of Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Chris Gerniottis of Zakary Thaks.

Their debut 45 "You're Gonna Miss Me", a national Billboard No.Ā 55 hit in 1966, was featured on the 1972 compilation Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968, which is considered vital in the history of garage rock and the development of punk rock. Seminal punk band Television played their song "Fire Engine" live in the mid-1970s. In the 1980sā€“1990s, the 13th Floor Elevators influenced important bands such as Primal Scream, the Shamen and Spacemen 3, all of whom covered their songs, and 14 Iced Bears who use an electric jug on their single "Beautiful Child". In 2009 the International Artists released a ten CD box set entitled Sign of the 3-Eyed Men, which included the mono and new, alternate stereo mixes of the original albums together with two albums of previously unreleased material and a number of rare live recordings.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators 13th Floor Elevators 4 8
1967 Easter Everywhere 13th Floor Elevators 3 4
1968 Bull of the Woods 13th Floor Elevators 4 6
1994 Paradise Lost - Texas Rockmusic Heritage Vol.2 13th Floor Elevators 1
2000 Out of Order 13th Floor Elevators 1
Complete Easter Everywhere 13th Floor Elevators 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Fire in My Bones 13th Floor Elevators 1
1988 Easter Everywhere / Bull of the Woods 13th Floor Elevators 1
1991 The Magic of the Pyramids Roky Erickson & the 13th Floor Elevators 2
1998 The Best Of: 13th Floor Elevators 13th Floor Elevators 1
1998 All Time Highs 13th Floor Elevators 1
2002 Absolutely the Best 13th Floor Elevators 1
2002 His Eye Is on the Pyramid 13th Floor Elevators 1
2002 The Psychedelic World of the 13th Floor Elevators 13th Floor Elevators 1
2006 The Interpreter 13th Floor Elevators 1
2009 Sign of the 3 Eyed Men 13th Floor Elevators 1
2010 7th Heaven: Music of the Spheres, the Complete Singles Collection 13th Floor Elevators 1
2011 Music Of The Spheres 13th Floor Elevators 1
2011 The Albums Collection 13th Floor Elevators 1
1966-1967 Unreleased Masters Collection 13th Floor Elevators 1
Best Of 13th Floor Elevators 1
Going Up: The Very Best of the 13th Floor Elevators 13th Floor Elevators 1
Manicure Your Mind: The Best of... 13th Floor Elevators 1
Through the Rhythm 13th Floor Elevators 1
Up on the 13th Floor 13th Floor Elevators 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Live 13th Floor Elevators 1
1995 The Reunion Concert 13th Floor Elevators 1
1996 Levitation 13th Floor Elevators 1
2014 Live Evolution Lost 13th Floor Elevators 1
Avalon Ballroom & Sump'n Else 13th Floor Elevators 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Levitation 13th Floor Elevators 1
1968 May the Circle Remain Unbroken / I'm Gonna Love You Too 13th Floor Elevators 1

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