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The 13th Floor Elevators was a psychedelic rock music group founded in Austin, Texas in late 1965.
They found only limited commercial success before dissolving amid legal troubles and drug use. However, the 13th Floor Elevators are one of the first psychedelic bands. They have been cited as an influential protopunk group. Their classic song "You're Gonna Miss Me", a Billboard #55 hit in 1966, was featured on the first Nuggets release in 1972, marking a series of garage-rock singles that were a treasure trove for early punk rockers. Personnel were singer/guitarist Roky Erickson, electric jug player Tommy Hall, guitarist Stacy Sutherland, drummer John Ike Walton and bass player Ronnie Leatherman, as it was in their "prime". Erickson and Hall were the band's primary songwriters, but most band members wrote or co-wrote some material. The sound of Tommy's electric jug (which bore no resemblance to the sound of traditionally-played jugs) became the band's signature and trademark.
The group's first single, "You're Gonna Miss Me" (actually a second version—the song had been recorded once before by the band when it was known as The Spades, with bassist Ernie Culley), reached #2 on local charts in early 1966, eventually reaching #56 on the pop charts nationwide. The band was contemporary with other Austin psychedelic bands including Shiva's Headband and the Conqueroo.
Throughout the spring of 1966, the group toured extensively in Texas, playing clubs in Austin, Dallas, and Houston. They also played on live teen dance shows on television, such as Sumpin Else, in Dallas, and The Larry Kane Show in Houston.
In late summer 1966 the Elevators successfully toured the west coast, made two nationally televised appearances, and played several dates at the San Francisco ballrooms The Fillmore and The Avalon. The International Artists record label (also home to contemporary Texas underground groups such as Red Krayola and Bubble Puppy) in Houston signed the Elevators to a record contract and released the album The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators in the latter part of 1966, becoming an underground classic among the burgeoning counterculture. Not uncontroversially, the album's sleevenotes advocated LSD as nothing less than a guaranteed gateway to a higher state of consciousness, a
philosophy the band's members adopted with a vengeance.
Posters from the period show them on the same bill as Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Great Society, and The Byrds. Playing in San Francisco during that time, and the exposure to other bands, would lead to their second album, Easter Everywhere, which was also released by International Artists.
Singer Janis Joplin was a close associate of the band. Joplin sang with the band at a few shows, and considered joining the group in Austin, before she headed to San Francisco and became part of Big Brother and the Holding Company.