Talkhouse Playlist: Saint Pé’s Golden Oldies

The former Black Lips guitarist on 1960s Austin psych, what to play on a bar jukebox, and other total jams

Saint Pé, aka Ian Saint Pé of Black Lips and Diamond Rugs, discusses the classics that introduced him to garage rock, what he plays on his local bar’s jukebox, and songs that make you boooogie, and you can listen along in this Talkhouse playlist. Saint Pé’s new album, Fixed Focus, is out April 7.
—Keenan Kush, Talkhouse Marketing Manager

It’s not that I don’t want to like modern music. It’s just that modern music doesn’t like me…and with my balls and my word, I have to let it exist without me. I’ll stick with the music that keeps given back. These are all songs that I enjoy listening to on the open road, at the gates of…airports, and in the sweet, sweet confines of home.

Johnny Burnette – “Honey Hush”
With all the advancements in recording equipment, does music really sound “better?” Give me this song, a cool night, and it’s just about right to boooogie.

Swinging Machine – “Do You Have to Ask”
As a teenager, I fell hard for “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks. I knew there were more killer tracks and bands to discover that came from them and the Stones. That’s when I stumbled upon garage rock. And this track is one of the best!

Townes Van Zandt – “Pancho and Lefty”
I live in Nashville now, and I go to a great country bar with a sweet jukebox. I always tend to play this song. Good stuff.

Dr. Spec’s Optical Illusion – “She’s the One”
I’m from New Orleans, yes…the best city. This is a great band from my hometown that makes me feel drunk every time I hear it. A true foundation of taste.

Eddie Cochran – “Nervous Breakdown”
It’s Eddie Cochran. A switchblade of cool.

13th Floor Elevators – “Dear Dr. Doom”
This is off of 13th Floor Elevators’ third studio album, and although it’s not regarded as their finest due to the producer/label heads putting additional production on top of the songs (and partly, I’m sure, to Roky being in an institution during most of the recording)…I think it’s super cool. Great horns.

Eyehategod – “Blank”
I had “Take as Needed for Pain” on my old iPod for years, and always enjoyed listening to this track when I was stuck in limbo at the gates of hell (airport).

Bobby Fuller Four – “Saturday Night”
Put on this song as you are gearing up on a Saturday night, and ALL will be all right. Bobby Fuller Four is one of my all-time favorites.

Golden Dawn – “Starvation”
Friends of 13th Floor Elevators in the Austin music scene of the ’60s. Texas had a serious killer group of bands: Bad Seeds, Liberty Bell, Bubble Puppy, and on and on and on. I believe the singer’s girlfriend became Roky Erickson’s wife.

Damned – “Neat Neat Neat”