Wind Blows Her Hair
I Can Satisfy
Let Her Sting
Try To Understand
Can't Seem To Make You Mine
Just Let Go
100 Colorized Bottles
Nobody Spoil My Fun
Out of the Question
Pushin Too Hard
Pictures & Designs
Girl I Want You
Back Again Encore (?)
Feast Of All The Spiders
Rocking The World Today
Up In Her Room
Women Hurt So Bad
101 Colourised Bottles
Thanks to Gray Newell from the WestCoast Acid Rock......list
for supplying this set list (taken from the bands set list).
When Pooterland passed the contact details for The
Seeds to promoter Glenn Povey (Second Wave Promotions)
in an attempt to get him to book them for this year's Canterbury
Fayre the last thing we expected was for Glenn to set
up a UK Tour for the legendary LA Garage Band.
Our Doctor Dark had been in conversation with Marianna Marsh
and myself and the Doc had been idly talking about the possibility
of a tour so I mentioned this to Glenn and to my surprise
he was into the idea but had no idea how to contact the band,
the rest as they say is history and here we are with a small
UK tour as a result :-)
A variety of unrelated (but annoying) events such as ambiguously
labelled car park ticket machines, Dr Sandoz losing his wallet
and then us missing at least two trains saw us arriving later
than expected at London's Borderline
so we skipped a beer or three in The Pillars Of Hercules and
dived straight into the venue.
While I was making a few calls outside on my cellphone up
walked a bunch of people led by some cat with ginger hair,
huge sideburns and a beautiful lady on his arm.
Mr Sideburns just had to be Sidwren from The
Pooterland Lounge and the rest were most likely other
Walking downstairs we squeezed our way into a rapidly filling
venue and waded across to the bar.
Sure enough, Mr Sideburns was in fact Sidwren and the beautiful
lady was his wife Paula, they had come all the way from Manchester
to see The Seeds!!.
We also met Gray, Pep and Mr
Steal (more Loungers)
as well as Doctor Dark, so with myself, Trog and Sandoz there
was a respectable Pooterland contingent present.
8:30pm - First Set:
Sky Sunlight Saxon, or Sunlight as he prefers to be called
these days, walks nervously onto the stage to cheers and whoops
from the goggle eyed punters who simply cannot believe that
one of the forefathers of 60's Punk/Garage Bands is actually
here in England in this club and about to perform as The
For the uninitiated The Seeds
invented Two chord punk and made a career out of it, later
progressing to Three Chord punk and managing to pull that
off too :-)
The seminal and legendary Pushin' Too Hard (according to Sky
the entire lyrics were written while waiting for his girlfriend
to come out of the supermarket) is a cornerstone of 60's Garage
Punk folklore and is surely in every self respecting psych
gands record box, worn thin by overplaying, a song so simple
that nobody would have believed it so successful, yet so catchy,
raw and visceral that you just had to groove along with it.
This, coupled with Sky's distinctive nasal vocal whine carried
The Seeds right through the Garage
Punk scene and even as far as them being classed as one of
the earlier Flower Power/Hippie bands of late 1966. An amount
of this was due to their (for the time) exceptionally long
hair and Sky's ability to rant on about otherworldy things
and wrap songs up in nonsensical lyrics.
They have influenced
hundreds of bands over the years (the true list runs from
Billy Childish, Alex
Chilton thru The Pretty Things,
Ramones and Pere
Ubu, The Tell-Tale Hearts,
The Residents and Johnny
Thunders amongst others) something which is evident
tonight as I bumped (literally) into Bobby Gillspie (Primal
Scream) and also spotted members of The
Stone Roses amongst the audience paying homage to the
man that has undeniably influenced both of these bands over
Sadly, Sky is unable
to deliver the vocals with his trademark nasal howl that he
had 35 years ago but does an equally good job with the lyrical
style he has adopted over the last 20 years (24 Hour Rocker/New
Stars Seeds Band) and for someone that has lived for many
years in the same hazy, mystical, acid casualty realm as Skip
Spence, Syd Barrett, Roky Erickson and Peter Green he is amazingly
lucid with no noticeable mistakes on lyrics.
Even as recently as the 90's Sky was living the life of a
street bum in Seattle so recent times have seen an amazing
turnaround and many have said that this recent 're-incarnation'
of Richard Marsh has been the only time for years that he
has done something so wonderful and full of energy.
Tonight is certainly
no exception and as the current spate of 'resurrected 60's
bands' go, this version of The Seeds is one of the best of
Jan Savage was not present and Lounger
Pep informed me that Jan had been on part of the European
leg of the tour but had been taken ill in Spain and had to
be flown back to the States for medical treatment, that said
the rest of the band were in fact great with authentic sounding
fuzz guitar and some VERY Seeds
The rest of the first set was made up from material from The
Seeds debut album and also Web Of Sound, plus a brilliant
new song '101 Colourised Bottles' which was easily as good
as any original Seeds song. Sky
was starting to loosen up and I fought my way around the venue
to try and take some photo's.
Early on with a bass string broken, Sky launched into an ad-lib
L.A Woman whilst the git-tar was restrung (the trainspotters
among you will be aware of the irony that The
Doors frequently played support to The
Seeds at the Whisky A Go-Go back in '66!!!) as well
as rapping about Queens and Fairies and how cool England is,
oh and also how 'we could be playing Colosseum's but dig the
vibe in these small clubs where we can reach out to the people....'
Just when I thought it could not get any better the unmistakeable
intro of Evil Hoodoo fuzzed and Farfisa'd its's way out of
the PA and the audience went crazy with rows of smiling faces
and waving arms, spotted in the audience were Mani (Stone
Roses/Primal Scream) and also the guitarist from Primal
Scream (Andrew Innes???)
Suddenly the first of two 45-minute sets was over and the
band dissapeared backstage as the crowd went crazy........!!!
I kind of got caught up talking to various people and only
caught glimpses of the 2nd set (I must have been mad !!!)
but they certainly opened set two with Pushin' Too Hard, much
to the appreciation of the crowd, if anyone can help with
the major gaps in the 2nd set-list we will love your forever....
Thanks to Sid & Paula for the pictures (they are better
p.s Who is the dude at the front with massive ginger sideburns?
Pics: Paula & Sid Wren (pics 1-4), pOoTer