The Joup Friday Album: Roky Erickson and The Aliens – The Evil One

rokyericksonFull disclosure: I am super stoked that I ended up with the Halloween edition of Joup’s Friday Album.  That being said, it was actually kind of difficult to narrow my options down to one solid choice.  I skidded around from Goth metal to dark and creepy drone, from horror scores to silly, Halloween themed surf rock, finally settling on The Evil One, Roky Erickson and The Aliens’ punk and 80’s rock riff on all things monster movie.  This 1981 opus has everything: monsters, demons, zombies, vampires, and the devil himself.  It plays out like a love letter to a midnight B-movie marathon.

Some history: for the unfamiliar and uninitiated, Roky Erickson is a rock legend, a founding member and front man for the legendary Texas psych-rock band 13th Floor Elevators.  During the late 60’s and early 70’s, Erickson spent a number of years in different mental institutions, either from a schizophrenia diagnosis or an insanity plea to avoid jail time for a marijuana bust.  He received several sessions of electro-shock therapy and doses of Thorazine during his time there.  It left him somewhat understandably damaged.

Erickson’s return to music in the early 80’s with his new band The Aliens, was most notably marked by his departure from the psych-rock sound he pioneered, instead settling on more of a punk and hard rock aesthetic.  The Evil One features fried and blistering guitar licks and bombastic swagger on a set of monster and horror movie themed songs that would make The Misfits jealous.  “Cold Night for Alligators” howls and moans while “I Walked with a Zombie” slides and shambles.  Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these songs.  Think of them as the warm up music to start your Halloween party to.  By the time “Don’t Shake Me Lucifer” comes in kicking and snarling, if you’re not frothing at the mouth and ready to howl at the moon with the rest of the miscreants, then I guess we just can’t be friends anymore.

Rock n’ Roll is supposed to be fun.  The Evil One has it in spades.

Support the artist!  Buy the album!  Happy Halloween!  Be careful out there!


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Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

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2 Responses to The Joup Friday Album: Roky Erickson and The Aliens – The Evil One
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  2. Shawn C. Baker Reply

    So bizarre – I just returned from a tw0-week + trip to the Midwest and am finally catching up on some Joup. I see this post and rejoice – Our first show with Dorsie was on the Day of the Dead and we covered I Walked with a Zombie.

    As usual Tommy, great choice!!!

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