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The Seeds rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1965. The group became known for psychedelic rock music and is considered a prototype for garage punk rock bands.

The Seeds were formed in 1965 when lead singer Sky Saxon had responded to an advertisement. Saxon, who had relocated to Los Angeles from Salt Lake City, Although Sky Saxon was usually credited as bass player, he did not play bass on any of the Seeds’ recordings. This was handled by session musicians, usually Harvey Sharpe. On stage, keyboardist Daryl Hooper would perform the bass parts via a separate bass keyboard, in the same manner as Ray Manzarek later did with The Doors.

The Seeds‘ first single, “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine”, was a regional hit in Southern California in 1965. The song was also played regularly on AM rock stations in northern California (and probably elsewhere), where it was well received by listeners, and eventually went on to become, and is considered today, a 60s cult classic song.

Sky Saxon sounds just as desperate on “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine” as he does on “Pushin’ Too Hard,” but the band must have sweated out whatever uppers they were on before slinking their way through this one. That subdued quality adds an element of darkness to a song that already straddles the line between unrequited love and stalker anthem.

The 1966 eponymous debut album by the mighty Seeds. The album contained their legendary garage punk anthem ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’ which cracked the U.S. top 40 and was featured on the groundbreaking Nuggets album which put 60s garage/psych back on the map in the early 70s. Musically uncomplicated with a flair for simple melodic hooks and dominated by Saxon’s unorthodox vocal delivery, their first two albums, The Seeds and A Web of Sound, are today considered classics of 1960s.
There are so many issues of this album, sadly never released in Britain in the 60s, that it’s easier to just say you’re going to need upwards of £50 to find a decent 60s copy. An awesome album and totally essential. 

The Seeds have been among the most frequently cited pre-punk influences by American punk musicians since the 1970s. Cover versions of various Seeds songs have been recorded by many bands.

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Pushin’ Too Hard, a long form documentary about seminal garage band The Seeds, directed by Neil Norman and produced by Alec Palao for the Crescendo Production Company, is scheduled for theatrical and DVD release later this year. Norman has filmed and recorded all the original Seeds — drummer Rick Andridge, guitarist Jan Savage, Daryl Hooper, their keyboardist and singer/lyricist/ dancer Sky Saxon — from a variety of film, video and audio source tapes. Also included are clips from interviews with Mark Weitz of the Strawberry Alarm Clock, Johnny Echols from Love, producer Kim Fowley, and Richard France, a roadie from their heyday.

The official trailer for the definitive documentary on the legendary 1960s garage rock band The SEEDS.

Also taped were interviews with Sky’s brother Robert Marsh and sister Mary Ann Marsh, who revealed reminisced about growing up together in Salt Lake City, Utah, under his birth name, Richard Elvern Marsh.

“She saw it all,” says Norman. “She got to hang out at his house in Malibu. She got to see people go crazy over her brother and hear his records on the radio. She enjoyed it immensely. Norman is currently wrapping up business and licensing activities which might include Seeds sixties television appearances from The Mothers-In-Law and American Bandstand, as well as potential clips “Mr. Farmer” and “Pushin’ Too Hard” from Where the Action Is and footage from Shebang!

Neil Norman is also working with a number of photographers who captured the band during its prime years, 1966-1969. Also unseen photographic stills from Daryl Hooper’s personal archives along with band memorabilia,

In the UK, Ace has made available the Seeds’ influential debut LP featuring unreleased songs, session outtakes and studio chatter. Norman saw the band many times during the late ’60s, and attended many of their recording sessions in Hollywood, CA.

“I’m doing this film because the Seeds are a classic rags to riches to rags story,” stresses Norman. “Sky Saxon was a brilliant performer visually and orally. And he was a very handsome and charismatic guy who made girls rip his clothes off on stage. “The Seeds were a real band,” Neil adds. “They were all irreplaceable. Daryl Hooper had a broad range of musical experiences from jazz, pop, standards, classical. He was a trained musician who played the saxophone, trumpet, guitar and keyboards. “The lead guitarist, Jan Savage, was exciting and original. Played licks that came out of the blues, rock and surf.  Like the solo in ‘Pushin’ Too Hard.’ Drummer Rick Andridge wasn’t like Ginger Baker, who was all over the place. Jan was just relentless and cranking on the beat. In those days they didn’t mike up the drum sets like they do today. Jan had to hit the hell out of the drums like a freight train. It would just build to a crescendo. “In concert Sky was an animated dancer. Even on the Jimmy Maddin-produced recording dates for the first album, you can hear Jimmy on tape yelling, ‘Quit dancing around so much!’

Kim Fowley, who wrote ‘Fallin Off the Edge’ for the Seeds and also produced them, told me, ‘Sky was the one who conducted the electricity but all the other guys were super important. It was like a perfect puzzle.’

“The Seeds were viewed as the one of the Godfathers of punk.

Their visibility has gone up and down over the years, like a Disney movie. Each generation discovers it. And, it’s timeless, so it works. They weren’t totally colored by that flower power aura. Which was great at first and then turned sour. Norman is also a musician, record producer and surfer. He is a graduate of Buckley High School and attended UCLA’s Film School.

The Seeds

For five decades at the GNP record operation, Neil Norman has done it all, from the mailroom to the Presidency.. Gene Norman, a former Los Angeles DJ, television host, Crescendo Club owner, and label founder,

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