In honor of the Lone Star state, here are two of my FAVORITE Tejas rock n roll records- originally posted here sometime in 2007-2008.
The Moving Sidewalks featured Bill (later Billy) Gibbons on vocals and guitar, pre- ZZ Top. The group became one of the big draws on the Houston scene and not only opened for fellow Texans The 13th Floor Elevators but also when big time touring acts came thru town. Legend has it, when the Sidewalks opened for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi was so taken by Billy's playing that he gave him a pink Stratocaster and Hendrix was on record as stating how much he liked Gibbon's playing.
Two Sidewalks were drafted, which revamped the lineup and the band became ZZ Top in late 1969. I had the pleasure of meeting the ZZ fellas a few years back, and I mentioned this record to Billy and how much I loved it. His response was 'keep that one in a safe place', and I could swear thatas he said that sentence it sounded like one of harmonized voices as heard on Eliminator and Afterburner.
'99th Floor' will always be a garage rock perennial, as its inclusion on the Pebbles Vol. 2 helped cement its status as one of THE great psychedelic garage rock cuts.
THE MOVING SIDEWALKS - 99TH FLOOR
Ahhhh my beloved Sir Douglas Quintet; originally "designed" by producer (and, most disturbingly a convicted pedophile) Huey P. Meaux to be a Cajun flavored answer' to the British Invasion, the group went on to be pioneers in mixing beat, blues, soul, cajun, psychedelia and Tejano music in a way that shouldn't work but practically ALWAYS did, thanks to the brilliance and genuine soul of Doug Sahm.
This incredible track was cut for the excellent Kris Kristofferson film "Cisco Pike", and was only released as a 45 (itself a record that took me MANY years to find).
SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET - MICHOACAN
(2017 note) FUCK 'Sheriff Joe' for busting these guys for pot back in the '60's, and FUCK HIM for all his other racist atrocities.