1966 The Seeds – Pushin’ Too Hard
Singer Sky Saxon moved from Utah to Los Angeles and recorded a few singles that failed to attract much attention. In 1965 he answered an ad from a band called The Seeds and soon became their lead singer. The band produced garage band style music that was proto-punk.
The group released a few singles as The Seeds Featuring Sky Saxon in 1965. Sky wrote two songs that became regional hits in Southern California. Neither record initially charted nationally.
In 1966, Pushin’ Too Hard was re-released, and the single reached #36 on the Hot 100.
The group’s next single missed the charts in 1966 and only reached #86 when their record company reissued the single the next year. They then re-released the group’s very first single, Can’t Seem to Make You Mine, and it peaked at #41 on the Hot 100 in 1967.
Two years after Pushin’ Too Hard peaked on the Hot 100, the group appeared on the last episode of the first season on an NBC sitcom, The Mothers-In-Law. The show identified the group as The Warts and they performed their song as part of a scene that showed off the generation gap between them and the old fuddy-duddies who were the major characters on the show.
The Seeds released a few more singles and recorded a few albums, but by 1972 the party was over.
Sky reignited the group in 2004 and led it on tours until heart and kidney failure caused his death in 2011. Several other original members of the band still continue to lead a group for live appearances.
Neil Norman created a documentary film about the group in 2014. The Seeds: Pushin Too Hard even has its own website at http://pushintoohard.com/
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