I was going to do a spooky song every week this month, but I missed last week, so it’ll be a twofer today to make up for it.
I don’t think I can say much about Roky Erickson that hasn’t already been said. A singer-songwriter from Texas, a state which specializes in producing singer-songwriters, Erickson joined a special kind of elite in the Rock N’ Roll mythos, the talented but mentally unstable who further blew their brains out on psychedelics in the late 60’s. This includes Brian Wilson, Syd Barrett, and Skip Spence. Erickson has had probably the most tortured history of any, while paradoxically (or not) having the greatest longevity of output.
The occult and horror-movie obsessed Erickson has produced a multitude of songs which I could use here (“Night of the Vampire” and “I Walked With a Zombie” being two of my favorites), but I’d like to showcase an odd yet representative song, “Burn the Flames”, which I happen to have two versions of: an acoustic version and an electric version.