Don't Knock the Rok!

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
OK, it's 1978, and you're in a rehearsal
ecording studio in Berkeley, CA, playing with a semi-famous acid casualty who is working up demos for a new album. You've been learning a bunch of lean, hard-rockin' songs about two-headed dogs, zombies, and bloody hammers, and while the results are dynamic and powerful, it's become increasingly hard to shake the fact that your frontman is more than a little crazy. So when he calls out for the band to play "Teenager in Love," what do you do? Well, you stagger along even if you're not entirely sure of how the song goes, and that in a nutshell is the back story behind Don't Knock the Rok!, which ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
OK, it's 1978, and you're in a rehearsal
ecording studio in Berkeley, CA, playing with a semi-famous acid casualty who is working up demos for a new album. You've been learning a bunch of lean, hard-rockin' songs about two-headed dogs, zombies, and bloody hammers, and while the results are dynamic and powerful, it's become increasingly hard to shake the fact that your frontman is more than a little crazy. So when he calls out for the band to play "Teenager in Love," what do you do? Well, you stagger along even if you're not entirely sure of how the song goes, and that in a nutshell is the back story behind Don't Knock the Rok!, which captures the special magic of rehearsing with former 13th Floor Elevators visionary Roky Erickson as he and backing band the Aliens prepped for his album The Evil One. Apparently, Erickson enjoyed indulging in the sonic comfort food of classic oldies, and in between rave-ups on tunes like "Can't Be Brought Down," "Things That Go Bump in the Night," and "You Drive Me Crazy" no small statement, that, he leads his band through somewhat shambolic covers of everything from "Stand By Me" and "Love Is Strange" to a handful of songs from fellow Texas legend Buddy Holly. While few would be qualified to guess just what Erickson was thinking during these sessions, he sounds thoroughly energized and engaged on pretty much everything here and sings pure and clear on the quiet stuff, and while the bandmembers obviously are playing most of these songs without any sort of advance preparation, when they manage to lock in, they kick up an impressive amount of dust especially hard-charging guitarist Duane Aslaksen. More than a bit ragged and the audio falls short of hi-fi, but a good bit more entertaining than most collections of Erickson's ramblings out there, Don't Knock the Rok! at very least demonstrates what a great rock & roll singer Erickson is...and who knew that he liked Bye Bye Birdie?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Norton
  • UPC: 731253030116
  • Catalog Number: 301

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Teenager in Love (3:49)
  2. 2 Angel Baby (2:15)
  3. 3 You Drive Me Crazy (3:04)
  4. 4 Stand by Me (2:51)
  5. 5 Heartstrings (2:29)
  6. 6 [Untitled] (2:25)
  7. 7 What to Do (1:13)
  8. 8 You're the One (1:59)
  9. 9 Bashful Bob (2:35)
  10. 10 One Last Kiss (1:44)
  11. 11 Take Good Care of My Baby (3:02)
  12. 12 Things That Go Bump in the Night (3:08)
  13. 13 Wake Up to Rock & Roll (4:19)
  14. 14 Can't Be Brought Down (4:50)
  15. 15 Money Honey (2:27)
  16. 16 You're the One (1:53)
  17. 17 Love Is Strange (1:54)
  18. 18 True Love Ways (2:35)
  19. 19 You're the One (1:59)
  20. 20 Our First Kiss (2:04)
  21. 21 Heartbreak Hotel (2:53)
  22. 22 Bumble Bee Zombie (2:13)
  23. 23 Hushabye (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roky Erickson & the Aliens Primary Artist
Roky Erickson Guitar, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Billy Miller Vocals, Electric Autoharp
Duane Aslaksen Guitar, Vocals
Stephen Morgan Burgess Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Waylon Jennings Composer
Roky Erickson Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Ben E. King Composer
Carole King Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Mickey Baker Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Karl Derfler Producer
Dick Glasser Composer
Craig Luckin Engineer, Cover Photo
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Sylvia Robinson Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Jesse Stone Composer
Gregg Turner Liner Notes
Mae Boren Axton Composer
Rosie "Rosalie" Hamlin Composer
Pete Ciccone Cover Art
Jean Constant Gindreau Tray Photo
Tommy Durden Composer
Slim Corbin Composer
Howard Rappaport Mastering
S. Garrett Composer
Lee Adams Composer
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