On the next broadcast of “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, March 2nd), producer/host Ted Coe greets filmmaker, album producer, musician and GNP-Crescendo Records president Neil Norman, who discusses the local debut of his feature rockumentary, The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard, about the legendary psychedelic garage-rock band that emerged during the mid-1960s. The film will screen this coming Saturday, March 7th, 7pm, at the Plaza Playhouse Theater in Carpinteria.
Today’s hourlong special (11am-12noon PST) will explore the four-year lifespan of the influential rock’n’roll quartet that shot to stardom in Los Angeles and throughout the West Coast, had a Top 40 hit with the titular song, “Pushin’ Too Hard,” and released a few other singles that also registered on the popular music charts. The group was noteworthy not only for its edgy proto-punk sound, but also for popularizing the idea of “Flower Power” as the main symbol of that era’s countercultural scene.
In the early-1970s, frontman Sky Saxon went on to join the religious commune known as the Source Family, suffered from drug-induced mental illness, and even endured a period of homelessness, before reemerging in the early 21st century with a reformed band lineup, dubbed Sky Saxon and The Seeds. He died in 2009.
The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard is a personalized reappraisal of the group and its impact, which features interviews with the late rock-music producer Kim Fowley, plus musicians Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys and Johnny Echols of Love, and fans like The Bangles and punk icon Iggy Pop.
Neil Norman will be appearing at this Saturday’s screening with the film’s producer Alec Palao and special guests, with a Q&A to follow. Tickets are on-sale now, online HERE, at Seastrand boutique (919 Linden Avenue), and at the door starting at 6pm that evening. The Plaza Playhouse Theater is 4916 Carpinteria Ave.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the winter from 11am-12noon PST.