Pushin’ too Hard
The Seeds were an American psychedelic garage rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1965, best known for their highest charting single “Pushin’ Too Hard“. The band’s classic line-up featured frontman Sky Saxon, guitarist Jan Savage (born Buck Jan Reeder), keyboardist Daryl Hooper and drummer Rick Andridge. In 1968, the band changed their name to Sky Saxon and the Seeds, with Savage and Andridge departing the band. They went on to release a handful of additional singles, with Hooper also departing at some point before splitting up in circa 1972.
In 1989, the original lineup of the band reformed for a handful of live dates in the US.
In 2003, Saxon reformed the Seeds with original guitarist Jan Savage (who departed part way through a European tour the same year due to ill health). Releasing 2 further studio albums, the band continued to tour the US, UK and Europe up to Saxon’s death in 2009.
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Some songs just scream the 1960s and this has to be one of them, both in sound and lyric content.
At first I thought this song was about the generational conflict between kids embracing the hippie lifestyle and the conservative values of their parents.
Well all I want is to just be free
Live my life the way I wanna be
All I want is to just have fun
Live my life like it’s just begun
But you’re pushin’ too hard
Pushin’ too hard on me
Nope. This song is about a girl who is pushing this guy too hard. Maybe she wants him to settle down, get a real job so they can marry and live in the burbs with the fenced yard enclosing two kids and a dog.
But he is having none of it. “You better listen girl or we are through,” he warns, adding
Well I know there’s a lotta fish in the sea
I know some would-uh stay by me
So if you don’t think I’m gonna try
You better ask yourself the reason why
‘Cause you’re pushin’ too hard
What ever happened to all those kids of the sixties who complained about being pushed too hard. Maybe sitting in Timmies complaining about millennials and Gen Z?