Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sky Saxon (1937-2009)

Sky Saxon, lead singer of L.A.-based '60s garage legends the Seeds, has died in Austin, Texas.

Read the obit by Joe Gross at

Best known for their 1966 hit "Pushin' Too Hard," the Seeds extrapolated "two great chords" into "five great albums," and also appeared in the 1968 film Psych-Out.

Saxon, born Richard Marsh, also known as Sky Sunlight Saxon and Sun Star, had recently relocated to Austin, where he could double bill with fellow psychedelic pioneer Roky Erickson.

Over at, The Mal Thursday Show #16: Riot on Sunset Strip Revisited and Sonic Nightmares #29 feature lengthy tributes to the music of the Seeds, and Sky's recent recording of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Swamp Music" can be heard on Florida Rocks Again! #38: Coverama! 3-D. There's more Seeds madness to be found on The Mal Thursday Show #12: All Kindsa Girls, Pt. 2 and The Mal Thursday Show #7: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

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