As a child of the 1970s and '80s who began paying closer attention to the radio during the era when .
After a number of teen idol-ish singles under his given name in the early 1960s went nowhere (admittedly, hearing Saxon's unique voice in that context is jarring), his band The Seeds scored their biggest hit in rock music's best ever year --"Pushin' Too Hard" in 1966. The year before, their debut single "Can't Seem to Make You Mine" had been an early warning of the coming garage punk sound, and was a regional hit in California; it would chart nationally when reissued in 1967. Those early successes would encompass their brief ride as hitmakers, and The Seeds gradually faded into obscurity by the early '70s. Saxon himself remained busy musically through the decade, under a dizzying array of monikers in various post-hippie/cosmic/spiritual modes, before being rediscovered as a garage icon in the mid-'80s.
The Seeds' albums are definitely a mixed bag; interested listeners should probably check out their self-titled debut first, which is largely concise, direct rockers in the "Pushin' Too Hard" vein. The best overview may actually be their fake live album -- titled, in various places on the original LP, Merlin's Music Box, Raw & Alive and just The Seeds. Though they weren't huge hitmakers, the band's label