The Roky CD Club obtained a fine haul of Roky Erickson material recently. Click the above picture of Roky to see a rough list of it all.
Now, wouldn't it be nice to obtain a Syd Barrett haul like this? And... Make no mistake; I am certain such a haul is out there. Like the Compleat UFO Recordings or Syd doing demos for Madcap Laughs.
See... the unfortunate thing that happened with Syd Barrett is that everybody is convinced that he was some sort of genius. Therefore, they are HOLDING ON to all of their tapes for the day where they can MAKE A MILLION BUCKS off of them.
Really? Nobody gives a shit. Syd Barrett is fringe material and now he's OLD FRINGE MATERIAL. The average Pink Floyd listener wasn't even born when he was playing with Pink Floyd. Their favorite album is The Wall. They think Igor Waters is a genius. They could give a fuck about Syd Barrett; if they even knew who he was.
So... those tapes you're holding? You're not going to MAKE A MILLION BUCKS from them. You ought to just rip 'em and throw 'em up on torrent or find some independent label that will have you. Or contact me; I have a team that can help you.
Unfortunately, this exact same thing has happened with the 13th Floor Elevators. People are holding tapes waiting for the day where they MAKE A MILLION BUCKS from them. Really? Nobody gives a shit that they were the very first psychedelic rock band. Nobody gives a shit that they were so special. It's all old news now. For those holding 'Elevators tapes see the above paragraph.
Roky Erickson? People recorded a LOT of his material. The tapes were spinning when he played; they still are. With Roky, key people are realizing that they will not, or they were never interested in, MAKING A MILLION BUCKS. So... some are blowing it out.
This deal in Amsterdam? I find it grotesque. The “original” tape player? Mannequins up on stage? Mannequins? Then this guy gets to fill his hall a few times. What happened to the story that the owner of this tape signed a Release to record the band? This Release precluded him from using the recording. What? All-of-the-sudden this just evaporates?
Look, I hope the Pink Floyd Amsterdam tapes comes out but, this is bullshit. Am I the only one who smells a rat here?
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