32 minutes | Jan 27, 2020

BH003: Running Out of Gags; I Like The Shaggs (...and Roky Erickson)

The third episode of Barely Human is about two underground artists who are often placed in the uncomfortable category of the 'outsider musician.' We look at The Shaggs, a band from the '60s that comprised three sisters from small-town New Hampshire. They created their own unconventional sound and musical language as a result of their near-total isolation from the world around them. Then we turn to Roky Erickson: the frontperson of proto-hippy innovators the 13th Floor Elevators. He went from being an early counter-cultural figure to being sent to a hospital for the criminally insane, eventually creating a deep and overlooked body of solo works that included a self-made genre that he called 'horror rock.' ~~ Help fund Season 2! Subscribe to our zine and cassette mail order at https://patreon.com/barelyhuman ~~Barely Human was written and hosted by Max Easton and produced by Jason L'Ecuyer and Marty Peralta of Output Media. Theme song by Sydney punk band Tim & The Boys. Visit the website for show notes featuring extra discussion, sources, further reading and detailed credits here: https://www.barelyhuman.info/2020/01/ep-3-running-out-of-gags-i-like-shaggs.html The accompanying playlist called 'Outsider Proto-Hippies' can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2EeP62j9UM11jX7tkv1mPE Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, all @barelyhumanpod
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