In 1981, Texas psychedelic rock legend Roky Erickson and his band at the time, the Explosives, found themselves performing a magical show at the famed Whisky in West Hollywood, California. Thankfully, the tapes were rolling so we can bear witness to it now!
Roky Erickson & The Explosives had been honing their craft in hot, sweaty clubs all over Texas for a couple of years before this California tour which, along with the Whisky, included the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, Galactica 2000 in Sacramento, the Stone in San Francisco, the Keystone Berkeley in, well, Berkeley, the Bacchanal in San Diego and the Europa in Tucson, AZ on the way back to Texas. But, the Whisky was a special, magic night of music. Roky was on top of his game and the Explosives was a well oiled machine capable of musically "turning on a dime" with nary a single apple falling from the cart. The proof in that statement was when, as the band was walking on stage to start the show, Roky turned to them and asked "Do you guys know the song 'Heroin' by Lou Reed?" They replied "no" as they plugged in and Roky launched into, you guessed it, "Heroin" by Lou Reed. The results are on this record!