13th Floor Elevators' "electric jug".

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it's aged extremely well. there is power there, waiting for you, once you stop fighting.

Ok, Easter Everywhere, tonight. I'll try, I swear.

TRG (TRG), Thursday, 29 September 2005 15:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Until recently, I had always thought it was the Cocoa Puffs cuckoo on guest vocals.

k/l (Ken L), Thursday, 29 September 2005 15:48 (fourteen years ago) link

"Hasn't aged well"? I also beg to differ. Utterly unearthly and a key part of the Elevators psychedic mind-melt for me. Interesting to hear that it was actually sung - a couple of local garage musicians have developed creditable jug-free vocal impersonations for live covers.

Weren't there a certain kind of traditional US music ensemble known as a 'jug band'? Or was that just the jug of booze emptied before, after or during the performance?

Soukesian, Thursday, 29 September 2005 16:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Don't get me wrong, I like the Elevators - but for some reason their use of the jug reminds me of the acid-montages in movies from the same period.

Jug bands were popular in the early part of the century, but they haven't gone away .

TRG (TRG), Thursday, 29 September 2005 16:34 (fourteen years ago) link

Cheers, mystery solved in one. Didn't see much chance of getting anything relevant out of a web search on 'jugs' . .

Soukesian, Thursday, 29 September 2005 17:20 (fourteen years ago) link

OK, combs are on a par with jugs. I was wrong.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Friday, 30 September 2005 06:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Don't get me wrong, I like the Elevators - but for some reason their use of the jug reminds me of the acid-montages in movies from the same period.

Exactly, THEY'RE BOTH FRICKIN' GREAT. Give me Tommy Hall over Eric Clapton or Mike Bloomfield or Alvin Lee or, Jesus, just about any hotshot 60s musician you care to mention.

I've never heard a song of theirs that didn't feature that thing

It's less prominent on "Easter Everywhere" and it's hardly there at all on "Bull of the Woods".

Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 30 September 2005 07:44 (fourteen years ago) link

Dadaismus OTM!

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Friday, 30 September 2005 09:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Give me Tommy Hall over Eric Clapton or Mike Bloomfield or Alvin Lee or, Jesus, just about any hotshot 60s musician you care to mention

Well ... yeah, I would too!!!

TRG (TRG), Friday, 30 September 2005 13:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Reading their Wikipedia entry, apparently Dylan thought their version of "Baby Blue" was the best - I'd never heard that! I always liked their version a lot more than his, but I kind of prefer Them's these days. Maybe that's for another thread - Them v Elevators "Baby Blue."

TRG (TRG), Friday, 30 September 2005 14:09 (fourteen years ago) link

I wouldn't have thought Dylan would ever have heard of them, to be honest. I prefer the Elevators' version, it's the bum notes that make it.

Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 30 September 2005 14:13 (fourteen years ago) link

funny, I remember reading some review saying their version of Baby Blue was embarrasingly terrible, but I've always loved it. I have some other cover that is pretty bad though, the Creation maybe?

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Friday, 30 September 2005 14:20 (fourteen years ago) link

I seem to have put it at No. 8

Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 30 September 2005 14:24 (fourteen years ago) link

The 80s gated drum sound will age better than the turn-of-the-noughties clicks n glitch sound

Old School (sexyDancer), Friday, 30 September 2005 14:34 (fourteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
My own feeling is that the jug is ridiculous but memorable. I will remember the band until I die because of the electric jug. It was the electric jug that drew me to the band. The improbability of an electric jug. The fact that the band had a full-time electric jug player, and that his contributions were so valued as to appear on all of their albums. Some groups have a distinctive signature instrument - Peter Frampton had his talkbox, Ian Anderson had his flute, lots of bands in the 1980s experimented with fretless bass - but no band had such an improbable signature instrument as the electric jug, or the same level of commitment to their musical deviation.

Ashley Pomeroy, Thursday, 1 June 2006 17:48 (thirteen years ago) link

On the LP Fire In My Bones there's a clip from a TV performance where the host interviews Tommy Hall about his jug playing. Quite a scream - someone must have the technology to upload it somewhere...

eyesteel (eyesteel), Thursday, 1 June 2006 17:56 (thirteen years ago) link

that's probably from the "sumpin' else" show. i've seen it around as mp3s.

GOD PUNCH TO HAWKWIND (yournullfame), Thursday, 1 June 2006 17:58 (thirteen years ago) link

The host says something funny like, "So, you were sitting around with a jug in your hand and you decided, 'Let's make some music with this thing?'"

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 1 June 2006 18:10 (thirteen years ago) link

"a tune called "Fire Engine" - now you had something to do with that, didn't you?"

"yeah, I wrote it."

sleeve (sleeve), Thursday, 1 June 2006 19:33 (thirteen years ago) link

"… and I imagine it will be."

eyesteel (eyesteel), Thursday, 1 June 2006 20:08 (thirteen years ago) link


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