The Seeds

Best-known for their Rock 'n' Roll standard "Pushin' Too Hard", The Seeds combined the raw appeal of Garage-Rock with a fondness for ragged, trashy psychedelia.

Sky Saxon (vocals) and guitarist Jan Savage formed The Seeds with keyboardist Daryl Hooper and drummer Rick Andridge in Los Angles in 1965. By the end of 1966, they had secured a contract with GNP Crescendo, releasing "Pushin' Too Hard" as their first single. Its raw, simple riff and Saxon's howling, half-spoken intonation established a pattern that remained almost unchanged throughout the group's career. The song climbed to #36 in 1967, and the group immediately released two sound-alike singles, "Mr. Farmer" (#90) and "Can't Seem To Make You Mine" (#41).

While their singles were Garage-Punk, The Seeds attempted to branch out into improvisational Blues-Rock and psychedelia on their first two albums, "The Seeds" (1966) and "Web of Sound" (1966). With their third album, "Future" (1967) the band attempted a psychedelic concept album in the vein of Sgt. Pepper. While the record reached the Top 100 it spawned just one minor hit, "A Thousand Shadows", which only managed to get to #100 for one week. Two other albums, "Raw and Alive: Merlin's Music Box" (1968) and "A Full Spoon Of Seedy Blues" (1969), which was credited to the 'Sky Saxon Blues Band', were released at the end of the decade, but both were mostly ignored. The Seeds broke up shortly afterwards.

During the early '70s, Saxon re-emerged as 'Sky Sunlight', fronting several combinations known variously as 'Stars New Seeds' or the 'Universal Stars Band', before retreating from society and moving to Hawaii.

Saxon reunited the original Seeds for a short tour in 1989 and in the late '90s made still another resurgence, having become a cult icon to the international psychedelic crowd. As recently as 1998, Saxon performed at The Campstove Festival in New York, backed by Question Mark And The Mysterians.

In 2002, bassist Rick Collins, along with Sky Saxon, resurrected The Seeds with a new line up, playing all of the Seeds classic songs. Original guitarist Jan Savage even re-united for a stint in 2003, playing some West Coast, East coast, and European dates before returning home.

In 2004, another new line-up appeared, with Ryan Maynes on keyboards, Nate Greely on guitar and Justin Smith on drums joining original members Sky Saxon and Rick Collins. This new edition toured the US and begining in March, 2005, played several shows in Europe, Japan and Australia. The band was also hard at work on a new album, "Back to the Garden", which was released in 2008.

Sadly, Sky Saxon died unexpectedly on June 25th, 2009, in an Austin, Texas hospital, effectively bringing the band's career to an end. One month later, members of Love and The Electric Prunes, who were scheduled to launch the "California '66" tour with The Seeds, performed a tribute concert at the Los Angeles's Echoplex in memory of Sky Saxon.

In mid-August, 2014, a documentary about The Seeds was slated to premier at the Egyptian Theatre at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood. Using vintage footage, rare photos, memorabilia, audio, and fresh interviews with band members and associates, the film Pushin' Too Hard tells the bizarre rags-to-riches story of the Rock quartet who took Los Angeles by storm in the mid-'60s.