Dead Love: Roky Erickson, Zombie Rocker

Tell a zombie cowboy you want to go for a walk with him and he will sing you a song … or send you a link. Here’s what mine sent to me. It’s by Roky Erickson, the co-founder of 13th Floor Elevators, an old 60’s band. Roky blew his mind with psychedelics only to be tossed into a loony bin where he was subjected to involuntary electroconvulsive therapy and Thorazine treatments . Those dogs! No wonder he later believed his body had been taken over by aliens and began stealing mail.

OK, I admit the lyrics are kind of simple, but simple is about all you can relate to after burial burnout. If anyone has walked with a zombie, it’s Roky. Very authentic, yes?

You can be sure I will be chanting this the day after the night before when I’m in Montana, Montana, glory of the west.

So … I Walked With a Zombie

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice