Big Beat’s refurbishment of garage gurus the Seeds’ catalogue has been one of our most anticipated reissue campaigns; in addition to the fully-loaded CD editions, we will also be offering several vinyl-only goodies for the terminal Seedsmaniac. Last years ‘Evil Hoodoo’ 10-inch was an instant sell-out, and we anticipate the same fate for this next instalment, part of Ace’s web exclusive Singles Club 7-inch series.
Sky Saxon’s disaffected anthem ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’ is familiar to even the most casual pop-picker, having been heard most recently on a Nike TV ad during the Olympics. But even the most die-hard Seeds fan will not have the full-length take featured on this limited single. It features the missing verse edited out of the final mix that became a US hit in late 1966. Note: this version of ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’ is not included on our deluxe version of the band’s first album “The Seeds” (CDWIKD 308): it is only available on this 7-inch.
Accompanying this prize rarity is a stupendous alternate version of one of the Seeds’ most punkoid moments. ‘Girl I Want You’ is one of the highlights from “The Seeds”, yet as wild as the album cut is, this take, with harmonica and a rawer, completely different vocal, takes it to a new level. Dig Sky’s lengthy rap during the final rave-up, where he blurts out the phone number to his Glendale rooming house, with a promise to “take you so high, right over purple clouds up above”.
By Alec Palao