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“Can’t Seem to Make You Mine” is a song by American rock group The Seeds, written by vocalist Sky Saxon and produced by Marcus Tybalt. It was released as a single in 1965 and re-issued in 1967, when it peaked at number 41 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The song appears on the 1998 box set Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968, and has been covered by such artists as the Ramones, Alex Chilton, Johnny Thunders, Yo La Tengo and Garbage.

“Can’t Seem to Make You Mine” was the first song recorded by the Seeds, according to keyboardist Daryl Hooper. “Sky started peddling it around to different record labels […] and got the typical ‘we’ll call you’ routine, and Crescendo, for some reason, liked it and said they’d like to take us into a recording studio. When Sky got into the recording studio, he really put his all into his vocals.”[1]
The song, released as a single in March 1965, first received radio airplay on Santa Monica’s KBLA. Sky Saxon recalled in a 2006 interview: “they used to play ‘Can’t Seem to Make You Mine’ as late as two in the morning. KRLA and all the rest of the stations jumped on it later, but KBLA broke it and people would stay up to hear it.”[2]
A regional hit in California, the single did not chart nationally until its 1967 re-release, after the band’s “Pushin’ Too Hard” had reached the U.S. Top 40.[3][4] “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine” peaked at number 33 in Canada and number 41 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.[5]

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