The Seeds — “Pushin’ Too Hard”


Coming from someone whose first three compact disc purchases were albums by Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai, it may surprise you that my favorite guitar solo of all time wasn’t performed by any of these fretboard-shredding virtuosi. It’s from “Pushin’ Too Hard” by The Seeds, one of the greatest and most inept garage bands of all time. It couldn’t be less technically adept, yet it couldn’t be more perfect for the song, and my love for it is as non-ironic as it is boundless. I post this video for three reasons: to share its brilliant incompetence with you, to provide evidence that the guitarist isn’t playing with his feet, and to honour The Seeds’ founder and lead singer, Sky Saxon, who died this morning in hospital in Austin, Texas.

3 Responses to “The Seeds — “Pushin’ Too Hard””

  1. 1 Peter Lynn

    Oh, and you might have also heard something about Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. I’m going to have a big field to choose from when writing this year’s 10 Most Dead People list.

  2. 2 hilly

    Holeeeee shit, the Grim Reaper took his extra-large scythe out from the closet today.

  3. 3 davivid

    Simple, yes, but inept? I think not. It has a good feel & sound. A classic.

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