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Two Headed Dogs - EP

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Album Review

This brief platter was originally released as a 7" EP in 1977 by Sponge Records; thus, it contains some of Erickson's earliest attempts at a solo career after the demise of his 1960s group 13th Floor Elevators. The first three songs here would be released in more professional-sounding versions on Roky Erickson and the Aliens and The Evil One. Listening to this re-release is a very frustrating experience. One the one hand, the performances here are extremely compelling, with the stripped-dowm, gutsy feel of punk and garage band styles. The title track gets a committed rendition that underscores the song's frightening excellence. "Mine Mine Mind" is a fine uptempo rocker strongly hinting at Erickson's mid-1960s psychedelic roots. "Click Your Fingers Applauding the Play" is a worthy, funky midtempo number. And "I Have Always Been Here Before" is a ringingly memorable selection presented most effectively in singer-songwriter fashion. On the other hand, shockingly primitive production values, featuring badly distorted sound, make this record almost unlistenable.

Customer Reviews

Listen for yourself, and don't mind the official review

I bought this on vinyl in '77 and MUCH prefer these versions to any others out there. In that year of punk rock, this EP rocked as hard as anything else we handed around or played at parties. Thanks due to Roky and to iTunes.

Biography

Born: July 15, 1947 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Like Syd Barrett, a common point of reference, Roky Erickson rose to cult-hero status as much for his music as for his tragic personal life; in light of his legendary bouts with madness and mythic drug abuse, the influence exerted by his garage-bred psychedelia was often lost in the shuffle. Born Roger Kynard Erickson on July 15, 1947, in Dallas, TX, he began playing the piano at age five; by age 12, he had also taken up the guitar. The child of an architect and would-be opera singer, Erickson dropped...
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