Yesterday Seattle's Light in the Attic label released The Evil One
, a sterling 15-track album that compiles the tracks Texas psych-rock legend Roky Erickson recorded in the late 70s and released on a pair of overlapping records for CBS in the UK (in 1980) and 415 Records in the U.S. (in 1981). The 48-page CD booklet includes an epic essay from Joe Nick Patoski
detailing Erickson's early days leading the 13th Floor Elevators, his arrest for possessing a single joint in 1969, and his subsequent insanity plea, which left him in a Texas mental institution where he was given electroshock therapy and sedated with Thorazine. He slowly returned to music upon his release in 1972, and that slow, erratic path culminated in the sessions he cut between 1977-'79 with a crew of California musicians, dubbed the Aliens, that included former Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook. The material arguably remains the best work Erickson ever produced, packed with songs that reflect Buddy Holly's influence on him or showcase his protopunk fury. Today's 12 O'Clock Track
belongs to the former category, a breezy, infectious ditty that could've been a Crickets gem save for the subject matter. You can check out "I Think of Demons" after the jump. On September 17, Light in the Attic will reissue two later Erickson albums, Don't Slander Me
, from 1986, and Gremlins Have Pictures
, an odds-and-sods collection from the same year.