(via The Seeds – “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine”)

Year: 1966

Album: The Seeds

The Seeds’ enjoyable and influential self-titled debut is one of the cornerstones of American garage rock. Like the best American garage rock from the ’60s, The Seeds tried and mostly succeeded in ripping off The Rolling Stones’ sleaze and Buddy Holly’s charm. Add some sunny psychedelic guitar and some piano and you got The Seeds.

“Can’t Seem To Make You Mine,” written by the band’s vocalist Sky Saxon, appears on the also influential 1998 box set Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968, which is where I first heard this song. The Ramones, Alex Chilton, Johnny Thunders, Yo La Tengo, and Garbage have all covered the song.

You should start a band and cover this song. It’s not hard to play. We should all start bands and cover this song. Let’s do that.