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Don't Knock the Rok!
     

Don't Knock the Rok!

by Roky Erickson & the Aliens
 

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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

Overview

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?

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
Label:
Norton
UPC:
0731253030123
catalogNumber:
301
Rank:
94297

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roky Erickson & the Aliens   Primary Artist
Roky Erickson   Guitar,Vocals
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
S. Garrett   Composer
Lee Adams   Composer

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