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The Seeds

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1. Can't Seem To Make You Mine 2. No Escape 3. Lose Your Mind 4. Evil Hoodoo 5. Girl I Want You 6. Pushin' Too Hard 7. Try To Understand 8. Nobody Spoil My Fun 9. It's A Hard Life 10. You Can't Be Trusted 12. Excuse, Excuse 13. Fallin' In Love

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"Too harrrrrrrrrdddd!" 31 May 2013
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
Gene Norman, owner of Hollywood's Crescendo nightclub, started Gene Norman Presents CRESCENDO Records in 1954 as an outlet for jazz and popular music. Many of the artists that recorded for Norman also appeared in his club. After the Crescendo was sold in '63, Gene's label expanded to include folk, youth-oriented music, plus Zydeco and country.

The Seeds formed in L.A. in 1965. They were Sky Saxon (composer/lead vocals/harmonica), Daryl Hooper (piano/organ melodica), Jan Savage (lead/rhythm/12-string guitars), Rick Andridge (drums) and uncredited session man Harvey Sharpe (bass).

In retrospect, the Seeds were a precursor of punk music. Back in the day we thought of them as a garage band on acid. Their big hit, "Pushin' Too Hard," with its simple lyrics and driving beat, invades the brain and quickens the pulse, just like primo blotter. Although their self-titled 1966 G.N.P. CRESCENDO LP (GNP 2023) contains a dozen tracks, many of them resemble "Pushin' Too Hard" in some way: bass line, chord structure, organ solos, rhythm or even melody.

The band's first single, locally popular "Can't Seem to Make You Mine," is a definite exception. It has an entirely different, more mellow feel. "Lose Your Mind" imitates "Bo Diddley" so closely the only thing missing is maracas. It features Saxon's mouth organ solo. A fuzz bass sound dominates "Evil Hoodoo." Its "Too Hard" groove includes a sustained lead vocal note similar to the hit song's "on me-ee-ee-ee." The track fades on an extended, repetitive jam.

"Girl I Want You" is a classic example of overloud garage rock. "It's a Hard Life" expresses an edgy, almost psychotic anger. Producer Marcus Tybalt wrote "Excuse, Excuse," the third consecutive angry track on Side Two. Set closer "Falling in Love" has a Stones groove. The melodica solo here is more honky tonk than rock.

[2:56] Can't Seem to Make You Mine
[2:08] No Escape
[2:11] Lose Your Mind
[5:00] Evil Hoodoo
[2:15] Girl I Want You
[3:03] Pushin' Too Hard

[2:45] Try to Understand
[3:50] Nobody Spoil My Fun
[2:38] It's a Hard Life
[2:05] You Can't Be Trusted
[2:20] Excuse, Excuse
[2:47] Fallin' in Love

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