Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Moving Sidewalks

Just picked up an unreleased track "Stay Away" by the Moving Sidewalks sparking a full fledged reminder of how good their first and only album Flash sounds. Of course most of you know this is where Billy Gibbons and Dan Mitchell of ZZ Top made their start in music in Texas back in '68. This is heavy psych at its finest- the influences of their fellow Texas denizens Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators combined with their friend and tour mate Jimmi Hendrix are very evident. Legend has it the Sidewalks opened for the Elevators in Houston the night Roky was arrested on stage after the first couple songs of their set. By the way if you haven't seen You're Gonna Miss Me, the documentary about the life of Roky, I highly suggest you do. It's also full of interesting interviews with Billy Gibbons. Anyway, here's the remastered album with a couple bonus tracks including their rad cover of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles. The whole album has no fillers, my favorites are the album's single "99th Floor," and "Need Me," "Flashback," and the wicked "Crimson Witch." I'm also throwing in the unreleased track "Stay Away." If you've never heard this prepare to get your mind blown...
You Make Me Shake

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