Live Ledge #382: RIP Roky Erickson + More 1989

Sometimes one has to make last second adjustments to their plans. That's the case with this week's Live Ledge. I was all prepared to go live with part two of my look at the year 1989 when literally ten minutes before showtime came word that the great Roky Erickson had passed at the age of 71.

The former leader of the 13th Floor Elevators is obviously a major factor in the history of psychedelic garage rock. "You're Gonna Miss Me" was the big hit but almost everything on those first two Elevators albums is fantastic. Erickson's personal demons put that band to rest, though, and he was hospitalized multiple times in the late 60's and 70's for paranoid schizophrenia. He's had a number of musical comebacks over the years, however, including some great work with Texas rockers The Nervebreakres at the end of the 70's and numerous records over the last 25 years or so. For more info, every rock fan should check out the 2005 documentary, You're Gonna Miss Me.

After a half hour or so of Erickson tunes, it's back to the original planned format. This week's 1989 playlist goes international, with multiple sets on some of the great British indi rock of the year. There's also a couple of sets dedicated to newer bands who greatly made their mark in the next decade.

As always, I hope everybody discovers a band or two they've never heard before! You can find this show at almost any podcast site, including iTunes and Stitcher...or


1. Roky Erickson (with The Nervebreakers), You're Gonna Miss Me
2. 13th Floor Elevators, Reverberation (Doubt)
3. 13th Floor Elevators, She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own)
4. Roky Erickson, Don't Slander Me
5. Roky Erickson, If You Have Ghosts
6. Roky Erickson (with The Nervebreakers), Starry Eyes
7. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Blues From A Gun
8. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Head On
9. The Cult, Fire Woman
10. The Cure, Fascination Street
11. The Stone Roses, She Bangs The Drums
12. Elvis Costello, Pads, Paws And Claws
13. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, Madonna Of The Wasps
14. The Pogues, White City
15. Graham Parker, Dancing For Money
16. Hoodoo Gurus, Come Anytime
17. The Del Fuegos, Move With Me Sister
18. The Windbreakers, I Thought You Knew
19. Mekons, Memphis, Egypt
20. Young Fresh Fellows, Taco Wagon
21. Young Fresh Fellows, Picture Book
22. Too Much Joy, Seasons in the Sun
23. Tommy Keene, Nothing Can Change You
24. Godfathers, Walking Talking Johnny Cash Blues
25. Ramones, Pet Sematary [Single Version]
26. Ramones, I Believe In Miracles
27. Ramones, Palisades Park
28. Pixies, Wave Of Mutilation
29. Pixies, Monkey Gone To Heaven
30. Superchunk, Slack Motherfucker
31. The Lemonheads, Glad I Don't Know
32. The Lemonheads, Luka
33. Nirvana, About A Girl
34. Mudhoney, Touch Me I'm Sick
35. Beat Happening, Black Candy
36. Operation Ivy, Unity
37. Bad Religion, No Control


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