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The 13th Floor Elevators were an American rock band from Austin, Texas, formed by guitarist and vocalist Roky Erickson, electric jug player Tommy Hall, and guitarist Stacy Sutherland. The band was together from 1965 to 1969, and during that period released four albums and seven singles for the International Artists record label.

The Elevators were one of the first psychedelic rock bands. The 2005 documentary You're Gonna Miss Me credits Tommy Hall with coining the term "psychedelic rock", though artists such as the Holy Modal Rounders and the Deep had described their music as "psychedelic" 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.

The 13th Floor Elevators debut single "You're Gonna Miss Me", a national Billboard No. 55 hit in 1966, was featured on the 1972 compilation Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968, which is considered by critics as important to the history of garage rock and the development of punk rock. Seminal punk band Television played the Elevator's song "Fire Engine" live in the mid-1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, the 13th Floor Elevators influenced 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 5
1968 Bull of the Woods 13th Floor Elevators 4 6
2009 Psychedelic Circus 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
1994 Paradise Lost: Texas Rock Music Heritage, Volume 2 13th Floor Elevators 1
1994 The 1966–1967 Unreleased Masters Collection Roky Erickson & The 13th Floor Elevators 1
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
2009 7th Heaven: Music of the Spheres, the Complete Singles Collection 13th Floor Elevators 2
2011 Music of the Spheres 13th Floor Elevators 1
2011 The Albums 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
1988 Rockius of Levitatum Live 13th Floor Elevators 1
1991 Live 13th Floor Elevators 2
1994 Levitation 13th Floor Elevators 3
1995 The Reunion Concert 13th Floor Elevators 1
2000 Out of Order 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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