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The Seeds

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Los Angeles, California, United States (1965 – 1972, 1989 – 1993, 2003 – 2009)

The Seeds were a 1960s band based in Los Angeles, California, United States, whose raw and abrasive energy, and simple, repetitive lyrics came to exemplify the style. The band was active from 1965 to 1972. The group reunited in 1989, split again in 1993 and reunited once more in 2003. The band’s future is in question after the June 2009 death of its only constant member, singer Sky Saxon.

Lead singer Sky Saxon was heavily influenced in style and appearance by Mick Jagger, and the group promoted the fact that Blues great Muddy Waters once called them “America’s own Rolling Stones.” Keyboardist Daryl Hooper was a major factor in the band’s sound; the band was one of the first to utilize keyboard bass; guitarist Jan Savage and drummer Rick Andridge completed the original quartet. Vocalist Saxon also played bass guitar.

The Seeds’ first single, “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine,” was a regional hit in southern California in 1965. The band had their only national top-40 hit, “Pushin’ Too Hard”, in 1966. Two subsequent singles, “Mr. Farmer,” (also 1966) and “A Thousand Shadows” (1968) achieved more modest success. Though musically primitive, one album was devoted to the Blues (with liner notes by Muddy Waters), and another (Future, 1967) was full-blown psychedelic rock, with ornate flower-themed graphics to match. The original Seeds disbanded in 1970, shortly after the release of Raw and Alive at Merlin’s Music Box.

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