Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Slander; Gremlins; Alligators : Roky Erickson

On September 17, 2013 Light In The Attic Records released two more remastered Roky Erickson classic LPs (The Evil One was released September 3, 2013).

Recorded in 1983 but released in 1986, Don't Slander Me tweaks the musical formula a little and the lyrical stance a lot but Roky's voice remains at the center of the sound. Erickson, who had grown more troubled in the years between this and The Evil One, mostly downplays his horror flick fixation for more straightforward concerns.

Erickson began another downward spiral after that, which led to the release of Gremlins Have Pictures as a way to fill in what turned out to be a very wide gap. Collecting various singles, demos and live cuts from the ‘70s and early ‘80s, the record ranges all over the map; it includes a live version of the odd but classic “Cold Night For Alligators”. MORE HERE

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