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  • Bob Matonis
    ROCKNROLL LEGEND SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON S MEMORIAL SCOOT INN 07/05 Richard Marsh otherwise known to the rock n roll world as SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON will find tribute &
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 29, 2009
      SCOOT INN 07/05

      Richard Marsh otherwise known to the rock'n'roll
      world as SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON will find tribute & love
      visalized at a memorial in his honour to be held
      Sunday, July 5th, 2009 at the Scoot Inn in East
      Austin, Texas. The service gathering will begin at
      6pm sharp, with a personal invitation by Sky's
      surviving wife Sabrina Saxon for guests with dogs to
      bring their pets to the service.. Beyond being a
      tireless creator of music, Sky was a sincere lover
      of animals, most especially dogs. In honor of his
      love for dogs, guests are free to bring their pets,
      on leashes only please. Memorials are also being
      held in Los Angeles, Northern California, & a
      private family gathering in Sky's home state of

      In lieu of flowers at this time, friends & fans of
      Sky are asked to help give Sky wings to fly. His
      wife Sabrina Saxon will be making a pilgrimage in
      the coming months to the Hawaiian Islands to spread
      her husband's ashes in the tradition of YaHoWha
      Father Yod & the Source Family who have been
      honored. So we ask in lieu of flowers to donate to
      assist in the cremation expenses & other costs due
      to this tragedy. This is an unexpected crisis &
      any offering is appreciated greatly. Please go to
      http://www.skysaxon.com/ to donate.

      SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON of the psychedelic garage rock
      legends THE SEEDS passed away at 9:10am Thursday,
      June 25th, 2009 at St David's South Austin Hospital
      in Austin, Texas. Sky died of heart & kidney failure,
      due to an undiagnosed infection of his internal
      organs. He passed peacefully with his wife Sabrina
      Smith Saxon & his spiritual brother in YaHoWha
      Joshua Aquarian by his side. He died, in his words,
      at the age of "eternal".

      SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON fell ill as early as Thursday,
      June 18th in his new home in Austin. Despite feeling
      under the weather Saturday, he performed a short set
      of SEEDS classics at the local night club Antone's
      with his local collective WORLD SPIRITS, his
      favourite local Austin band SHAPES HAVE FANGS. After
      continuing illness, he was rushed to St David's
      South Austin Hospital Monday morning & was
      immediately placed in ICU. He remained in critical
      condition in ICU until his passing several days

      During the mid 1960's, suburban garages across
      America rocked to the fuzz-drenched frenzy created
      by kids hoping to emulate THE SEEDS, one of the
      biggest and best bands to emerge from the
      phenomenon known as Garage Rock. The Seeds style
      was undeniably simple but nonetheless brilliantly
      original. Muddy Waters once called them, "America's
      own Rolling Stones".

      The Seeds' debut album arrived in April 1966.
      Saxon's lyric's were infected by a wondrous charm,
      while the blend of British and blues influences
      served notice that The Seeds were developing a
      sound quite distinct from that of their "Louie
      Louie" based rivals. "Evil Hoodoo" is a piece of
      high octane freak-beat that was as much a genuine
      slice of punk as anything the late seventies punk
      explosion threw up. This sentiment of primal angst,
      as defined in the classic "Pushin' Too Hard", is
      the reason why Joey Ramone started singing in the
      first place, as the now deceased founder of punk
      titans, The Ramones, expressed in an interview.

      Best known for their rock and roll standard
      "Pushin' Too Hard", the Seeds combined the raw
      appeal of garage rock with a fondness for
      psychedelia. They were the creation of charismatic
      vocalist Sky Saxon who, along with guitarist Jan
      Savage, recruited Daryl Hooper on keyboards and
      Rick Andridge on drums to unleash The Seeds onto
      the world. They soon signed to record biz pioneer
      Gene Norman's label Crescendo Records and debuted
      the 45 RPM, "Can't Seem Too Make You Mine" (1965).
      This was a slow, driving' number that highlighted
      Saxon's unique vocal style, and their patented
      Combo sound, which for the record, pre-dated the
      Doors! This single earned the band appearances on
      all the major variety shows at the time including
      American Bandstand and Shebang. "Pushin' Too Hard"
      was the anthem for a generation and hit number one
      in many cities across America including Los Angeles
      and New York and hit #36 on the Billboard national
      chart in 1966. It was based on a simple driving
      riff over which Sky vented and growled and was
      characterized by a masterful minimalism that would
      make the band a source of inspiration for countless
      bands to come (check out bands that have covered
      The Seeds).. Their self titled debut LP had other
      great groovy stompers like "No Escape", "Nobody
      Spoil My Fun" and "Girl I Want You".

      A second more adventurous LP, "A Web of Sound",
      appeared in October 1966. The album brimmed with
      rockin' mid-60's classics, including the fourteen-
      minute "Up in Her Room".. Another smash on the
      American charts was the tightly grooving', pro-pot
      / working class anthem "Mr. Farmer."

      The band then changed their garage style and threw
      the lot in with their emergent flower-power movement.
      The Seeds coined the term "Flower Power" only to
      watch it crumble in commercial media hype. The
      result was "Future" (1967). Saxon's compositions
      contained a strong element of acid-tinged
      horticultural playful whimsy as in "Travel with Your
      Mind" and "March of the Flower Children", while the
      band, like The Beatles, were innovators with
      Eastern-style instrumentation. Mega success seemed
      just around the corner, especially after their cameo
      appearance in the Jack Nicholson film "Psych Out"
      performing the song "Two Fingers Pointed at You" and
      a follow up 45, the moody, haunting, psychedelic
      rush of "Wind Blows Your Hair" (1967). At this point
      in their success the Seeds headlined over bands like
      The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Vanilla
      Fudge, Jefferson Airplane, The Kinks, Four Seasons,
      Diana Ross and The Supremes and others. They also
      split bill with Jimi Hendrix in New York City. One
      has to realize that the Seeds far surpassed the
      Garage rock label, what other garage band can boast
      selling out the Hollywood Bowl!

      The next LP was A Spoonful Of Seedy Blues (1967),
      released under the moniker Sky Saxon Blues Band and
      featuring sleeve notes and songwriting collaboration
      by blues giant Muddy Waters. The Seeds were back
      with the 1968 album "Raw and Alive: Merlin's Music
      Box". This exciting live LP was recorded in Orange
      County California at Merlin's Music Box and produced
      a song that captured The Seeds at one of their most
      powerful moments, "I Can Satisfy You", Jan's
      scorching brilliant guitar and Daryl's wonderful
      contrapuntal bass and keyboards demonstrate one of
      the bands most vital ingredients-Intensity.
      Originally a single, this song was a powerhouse live.
      In later years, some called The Seeds "the original
      punk rock band".. Although this was true as far as
      raw furor goes, their sophistication level was light
      years beyond this label, especially for the 60's.

      Learn more about SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON & his world beyond
      THE SEEDS, please visit:


      Beatle Bob
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