Lingering Long on Love Street

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Before you check out the Black Angels this weekend at Warehouse Live or watch Roky Erickson’s recently taped Austin City Limits episode (featuring special guest Billy Gibbons; scheduled to air January 12), David Adickes will help you brush up on the early days of Texas psych 7:30 p.m. tonight at NotSuOh (314 Main).

Adickes is perhaps best known as the sculptor of the gargantuan, small-children-frightening 76-foot statue of Sam Houston on I-45 south of Huntsville, but in June 1967 he opened one of Texas’s first venues devoted to the new mind-bending sound bubbling up from garage rock, bongwater and LSD labs, Love Street Light Circus Feel Good Machine – that’s right, that was its full name – at 1019 Commerce near Allen’s Landing.

Adickes was the original owner, manager and projectionist for Love Street, which despite being open barely three years hosted a who’s who of Texas psych: the Red Krayola, Erickson’s Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Johnny Winter, Bubble Puppy, Shiva’s Headband, Fever Tree, Gibbons’s pre-ZZ Top band Moving Sidewalks and American Blues, featuring his future bandmates Dusty Hill and Frank Beard. Appropriately enough, it was also the site of ZZ Top’s first shows on July 4 and 5, 1969.

Love Street tried to branch out into Corpus Christi and San Antonio with little success, and closed down in Houston on June 6, 1970. The building, built in the ‘30s to house the Sunset Coffee company, is still standing near Fannin and Commerce, and according to Wikipedia is slated to be remodeled as part of the Buffalo Bayou Project’s ongoing revitalization of the Allen’s Landing area, although it doesn’t look like much remodeling (or anything else) is going on there at the moment.

Tonight’s lecture is free. Love Street was memorialized in an eponymous 2004 song recorded by folk-rock duo the Fall Guys on their album Another Place… Another Time. Scroll down for the lyrics. – Chris Gray

Hangin’ out at Allen’s Landing
All the Hippies on the grass
Cosmic visions in the night
Voyages of Peace and Light
We were tripping, flying Eight Miles High
We were looking through kaleidoscope eyes
Three floors above
Music is love
Down at Love Street
Light Circus Feel Good Machine

It was the summer of ‘67
The Universal Summer of Love
In the shadow of the Hawk
Soaring high the lonely Dove
Sergeant Pepper to the rescue
Everything fit like a glove
Three floors above
Music is love
Down at Love Street
Light Circus Feel Good Machine

Daddy Cliff and Granny
Will greet you at the door
Where the tie-dyed underground
Joins the circus of sound
The Wizard paints the walls
With his Symphony of light
The Jelly Wall Eyes Pack
Is smoking tonight
Phosphorescent Pinks & Greens
A mind experience Black light dream
Flashing strobes create a Crystal Maze
Good Vibrations & Purple Haze
Three floors above
Music is love

Things were moving at a fever pitch
In the Season of the witch
Cosmic visions in the night
Voyages of Peace and Light
We were tripping, flying Eight Miles High
We were looking through kaleidoscope eyes
Three floors above
Music is love
Down at Love Street
Light Circus Feel Good Machine

Summer of Love L-O-V-E Love Love


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