The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard, the longform documentary about the classic L.A. garage-punk band, directed by Neil Norman, will have its premiere Aug. 16 at the Egyptian Theatre at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood.
...The Seeds -- led by charismatic singer Sky Saxon, along with keyboard player Daryl Hooper, guitarist Jan Savage and drummer Rick Andridge -- were all emigres to early '60s Hollywood. After building a reputation in underground clubs such as Bido Litos, the group busted out in late 1966 with the classic anthem “Pushin’ Too Hard,” which went Top 40 nationally in early 1967.
Using vintage footage, rare photos, memorabilia and audio, and fresh interviews with bandmembers and associates, the documentary also includes interviews with fans of the band, like Iggy Pop, the Beach Boys’ Bruce Johnston, Love’s Johnny Echols and members of the Bangles, with narration by original GTO and I’m With the Band author Pamela Des Barres.
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.
The Stooges have come in at number 5 on The Telegraph's list of Glastonbury's greatest acts, with their 2007 performance turning "a mud-sodden, rainswept Somerset field into a howling blues-punk apocalypse, topped by a riotous stage invasion."
Read the complete list at The Telegraph.
Here is an excerpt from a rare interview with Scott Asheton. Read more at Vice:
Actually, the way the whole thing began was with me and Dave Alexander and my brother Ron, before we even knew Iggy. We had a band, but we weren't players yet. We liked the idea of playing in a band, but we weren't up to being able to play on stage. Mostly, we would sit in the basement and sing along with records. We almost got one song semi-down, and that was “The Bells of Rhymney” by the Byrds. And we called ourselves the Dirty Shames.
We used to go uptown to the record store, Discount Records, and there was a spot right on the corner or Lilly and State Street and we’d hangout there. Everyone would have to come through there, so we’d check everyone out and be checked out by other people.
It's a kid thing—that's why you wear purple hair, and that's why you put a ring in your nose, 'cause you want people to look at you. So we were wearing leather and boots and Levi’s. Pointed shoes were what you wanted—the more pointed and longer, the better. They were mostly used in fights—that’s why guys used to wear big, pointy shoes, and originally the idea of leather was to protect you from knives and stuff. And we were already wearing that stuff; you know, we were the first to do it.
Guitarist/producer James Williamson, best known for his frenetic fretwork with Iggy Pop and The Stooges, will release solo album Re-Licked in the fall. Meanwhile, he's serving up "I Got A Right," a manic, guitar-blazing rocker featuring belter Lisa Kekaula of The Bellrays.
The song, penned by Pop circa 1970, will be released July 29 as a seven-inch vinyl and digital single, backed by "Heavy Liquid," which Williamson wrote with Pop in 1973. It can be pre-ordered here.
Read more and listen to the premiere of "I Got A Right" at USA Today.
Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Thurston Moore have joined forces on a cover of "Nobody's City" for Axels & Sockets: The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project, to be released May 5 on Glitterhouse Records. The Guardian writes, "The track makes a roof-raising start to the project that brings together Jeffrey’s old friends, fans and band members to keep aloft the name of the Gun Club leader."
“Jeffrey Lee Pierce!” There’s no mistaking the first voice to be heard on Axels & Sockets, the third volume of the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project. It's Iggy Pop’s celebratory holler on the opening track, "Nobody’s City." He’s then joined by further inimitable tones from Nick Cave and Thurston Moore, whose incendiary guitar jousts with Pierce’s original riff. This is then welded together by Bad Seeds drummer Jim Sclavunos, who had previously worked with Iggy on a Cramps tribute album.
Listen to "Nobody's City" and read more at The Guardian.
Iggy and the Stooges were among the winners at this year's Detroit Music Awards, held April 25. The band's most recent album, Ready To Die, released on Fat Possum Records, was recognized as Outstanding National Small/Independent Label Distribution Album.
Read the complete list of winners at DetroitMusicAwards.com.
I first met Scott Asheton when I was working at Discount Records in Ann Arbor to augment my drumming. ...Scott played drums with a boxer's authority. When he wanted to, he had a heavy hand on the drums. He hit the drum very hard, but there were never a lot of elbows flying. He wasn't showy. He didn't have to make a physical demonstration to get the job done. When he played with you, it was always swinging. He brought a swinging truth to the music he played and extreme musical honesty.
...Scott always played a little behind the beat, always a little back. He would hold the band back, just very slightly, from where it might have gone if it was going to rush ahead. It gave authority and a kind of trance to the music. He always, always, always played the song. He never got up there and started playing the kit to show everyone what he could play.
Scott just had a certain dignity about him and everyone was always glad to have him in the room. He looked like he could be a tough customer, but I never even heard of him flicking a fly. He looked like the Marlboro Man.
...He started playing with Ron in their basement with a little equipment and some dreams. Now they're back together again in some sense.
Read more from the tribute at Rolling Stone. Photo by Mick Rock