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Pushin’ Too Hard is a 94-track celebration of 1960s garage punk, a retrospectively named genre first compiled on Lenny Kaye’s seminal 1972 collection Nuggets. This is raw, exciting music with tons of attitude – fuzz guitars, swirling organs, wailing harmonicas, thumping drums and tough vocals are plentiful.

In the mid 1960s, teenage rock ‘n’ roll groups proliferated throughout the USA, often inspired by ‘British Invasion’ bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds as well as US styles including surf, blues and folk rock. Most towns and cities had local scenes revolving around dance parties, clubs and ‘battle of the bands’ contests and many of the bands here were regional royalty but never broke nationally.

Key bands featured include The Seeds, The Sonics, The Standells, The Shadows Of Knight, The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Love, The Electric Prunes, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, We The People and ? and The Mysterians.

There are national US Billboard Hot 100 hits from Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs – ‘Wooly Bully’ (#2), The Strangeloves – ‘I Want Candy’ (#11), The Castaways – ‘Liar, Liar’ (#12), The Beau Brummels – ‘Just A Little’ (#15), The McCoys – ‘Fever’ (#7), The Bobby Fuller Four – ‘I Fought The Law’ (#9), Paul Revere and The Raiders – ‘Just Like Me’ (#11), The Barbarians – ‘Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl’ (#55), Love – ‘My Little Red Book’ (#54) , The Knickerbockers – ‘One Track Mind’ (#46) and The Seeds – ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’ (#36) presented here in a longer unedited version.

Rarities from The Blue Beats, The Dirty Wurds, The Apparitions, The Bedlam Four and The Jackals are released here on CD for the first time while many other tracks have never been released in the UK before.

DISC ONE

1. The Rangers – Justine

2. Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs – Wooly Bully

3. The Strangeloves – I Want Candy

4. The Barbarians – Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl

5. The Denims – I’m Your Man

6. The Castaways – Liar, Liar

7. The Remains – Why Do I Cry

8. The Beau Brummels – Just A Little

9. The Seeds Featuring Sky Saxon – Pushin’ Too Hard (Unedited Version)

10. The Leaves – Too Many People (Single Version)

11. The Front Line – Got Love (Trident Version)

12. The Brogues – I Ain’t No Miracle Worker

13. The Standells – Rari (Extended Version)

14. The Spades – You’re Gonna Miss Me

15. The Lyrics – So What!!

16. The Mad Hatters – I Need Love

17. Don & The Goodtimes – Little Sally Tease

18. The Coastliners – Alright

19. The McCoys – Fever

20. The Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought The Law (Single Version)

21. The JuJus – You Treat Me Bad

22. The Girls – My Baby

23. The Raymarks – Louise

24. The Emperor’s – I Want My Woman

25. Paul Revere & The Raiders – Just Like Me

26. Liverpool Five – Heart (Album Version)

27. The Bad Seeds – A Taste Of The Same

28. Merrell & The Exiles – She’s Gone

29. The Bees – Forget Me Girl

30. The Misunderstood – Don’t Break Me Down

31. The Seeds – Out Of The Question (Version 1, Take 1)

DISC TWO

1. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Tried To Hide (Single Version)

2. Love – My Little Red Book

3. The Mojo Men – She’s My Baby (Autumn Version)

4. The Electric Prunes – Ain’t It Hard

5. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Diddy Wah Diddy

6. Dirty Wurds – Mellow Down Easy

7. The Outcasts – I’m In Pittsburgh (And It’s Raining)

8. The Knickerbockers – One Track Mind

9. Rocky & The Riddlers – Flash And Crash

10. The Dimensions – Knock You Flat

11. The Unusuals – I’m Walking, Babe

12. The Shadows Of Knight – Dark Side

13. We The People – Mirror Of Your Mind

14. Sterling Damon – Rejected

15. The Soothsayers – Please, Don’t Be Mad

16. The Esquires – Judgement Day

17. The Century’s – Hard Times

18. The Sonics – You Got Your Head On Backwards

19. Link Wray & The Raymen – Hidden Charms

20. The Misunderstood – Thunder ‘N’ Lightnin’

21. Zakary Thaks – She’s Got You

22. The Squires – Going All The Way

23. The Blue Beats – Extra Girl

24. The Free-For-All – Show Me The Way

25. Chris Morgan & The Togas – There She Goes

26. The Executioners – I Want The Rain (Vocal)

27. Limey & The Yanks – Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

28. The Apparitions – She’s So Satisfyin’

29. The Hustlers – If You Try

30. The Echoes Of Carnaby Street – No Place Or Time

31. Sparkles – No Friend Of Mine

32. Velvet Illusions – Velvet Illusions

DISC THREE

1. The Standells – Barracuda

2. We The People – You Burn Me Up And Down

3. The Rationals – I Need You

4. The Other Half – Mr. Pharmacist

5. Neal Ford & The Fanatics – Shame On You

6. The Choir – It’s Cold Outside

7. The Newbeats – Top Secret

8. The Fire Escape – Love Special Delivery

9. ? & The Mysterians – Girl (You Captivate Me)

10. The Third Bardo – I’m Five Years Ahead Of My Time

11. Ken & The Forth Dimension – See If I Care

12. The Off-Beats – Tired Of Crying

13. The Mistics – Why Baby Why

14. The Headstones – Bad Day Blues

15. Roy Junior (Roy Acuff Jr.) – Victim Of Circumstances

16. The Sparkles – Hipsville 29 B.C. (I Need Help)

17. The Jackals – Love Times Eight

18. The Galaxies IV – Piccadilly Circus

19. Front Page News – Thoughts

20. Fenwyck – Mindrocker

21. The Jefferson Handerchief – I’m Allergic To Flowers

22. The Buddhas – Lost Innocence

23. The Ohio Express – Try It

24. Tidal Waves – Action! (Speaks Louder Than Words)

25. The Liberty Bell – For What You Lack

26. Thursdays Children – You Can Forget About That

27. The Jades – Come Back

28. The Checkmates – Talk To Me

29. The New Yorkers – Again

30. Georgy & The Velvet Illusions – Mini Shimmy

31. The Bedlam Four – No One Left To Love

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Pushin’ Too Hard is a 94-track celebration of 1960s garage punk, a retrospectively named genre first compiled on Lenny Kaye’s seminal 1972 collection Nuggets. This is raw, exciting music with tons of attitude – fuzz guitars, swirling organs, wailing harmonicas, thumping drums and tough vocals are plentiful.

In the mid 1960s, teenage rock ‘n’ roll groups proliferated throughout the USA, often inspired by ‘British Invasion’ bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds as well as US styles including surf, blues and folk rock. Most towns and cities had local scenes revolving around dance parties, clubs and ‘battle of the bands’ contests and many of the bands here were regional royalty but never broke nationally.

Key bands featured include The Seeds, The Sonics, The Standells, The Shadows Of Knight, The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Love, The Electric Prunes, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, We The People and ? and The Mysterians.

There are national US Billboard Hot 100 hits from Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs – ‘Wooly Bully’ (#2), The Strangeloves – ‘I Want Candy’ (#11), The Castaways – ‘Liar, Liar’ (#12), The Beau Brummels – ‘Just A Little’ (#15), The McCoys – ‘Fever’ (#7), The Bobby Fuller Four – ‘I Fought The Law’ (#9), Paul Revere and The Raiders – ‘Just Like Me’ (#11), The Barbarians – ‘Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl’ (#55), Love – ‘My Little Red Book’ (#54) , The Knickerbockers – ‘One Track Mind’ (#46) and The Seeds – ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’ (#36) presented here in a longer unedited version.

Rarities from The Blue Beats, The Dirty Wurds, The Apparitions, The Bedlam Four and The Jackals are released here on CD for the first time while many other tracks have never been released in the UK before.

DISC ONE

1. The Rangers – Justine

2. Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs – Wooly Bully

3. The Strangeloves – I Want Candy

4. The Barbarians – Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl

5. The Denims – I’m Your Man

6. The Castaways – Liar, Liar

7. The Remains – Why Do I Cry

8. The Beau Brummels – Just A Little

9. The Seeds Featuring Sky Saxon – Pushin’ Too Hard (Unedited Version)

10. The Leaves – Too Many People (Single Version)

11. The Front Line – Got Love (Trident Version)

12. The Brogues – I Ain’t No Miracle Worker

13. The Standells – Rari (Extended Version)

14. The Spades – You’re Gonna Miss Me

15. The Lyrics – So What!!

16. The Mad Hatters – I Need Love

17. Don & The Goodtimes – Little Sally Tease

18. The Coastliners – Alright

19. The McCoys – Fever

20. The Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought The Law (Single Version)

21. The JuJus – You Treat Me Bad

22. The Girls – My Baby

23. The Raymarks – Louise

24. The Emperor’s – I Want My Woman

25. Paul Revere & The Raiders – Just Like Me

26. Liverpool Five – Heart (Album Version)

27. The Bad Seeds – A Taste Of The Same

28. Merrell & The Exiles – She’s Gone

29. The Bees – Forget Me Girl

30. The Misunderstood – Don’t Break Me Down

31. The Seeds – Out Of The Question (Version 1, Take 1)

DISC TWO

1. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Tried To Hide (Single Version)

2. Love – My Little Red Book

3. The Mojo Men – She’s My Baby (Autumn Version)

4. The Electric Prunes – Ain’t It Hard

5. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Diddy Wah Diddy

6. Dirty Wurds – Mellow Down Easy

7. The Outcasts – I’m In Pittsburgh (And It’s Raining)

8. The Knickerbockers – One Track Mind

9. Rocky & The Riddlers – Flash And Crash

10. The Dimensions – Knock You Flat

11. The Unusuals – I’m Walking, Babe

12. The Shadows Of Knight – Dark Side

13. We The People – Mirror Of Your Mind

14. Sterling Damon – Rejected

15. The Soothsayers – Please, Don’t Be Mad

16. The Esquires – Judgement Day

17. The Century’s – Hard Times

18. The Sonics – You Got Your Head On Backwards

19. Link Wray & The Raymen – Hidden Charms

20. The Misunderstood – Thunder ‘N’ Lightnin’

21. Zakary Thaks – She’s Got You

22. The Squires – Going All The Way

23. The Blue Beats – Extra Girl

24. The Free-For-All – Show Me The Way

25. Chris Morgan & The Togas – There She Goes

26. The Executioners – I Want The Rain (Vocal)

27. Limey & The Yanks – Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

28. The Apparitions – She’s So Satisfyin’

29. The Hustlers – If You Try

30. The Echoes Of Carnaby Street – No Place Or Time

31. Sparkles – No Friend Of Mine

32. Velvet Illusions – Velvet Illusions

DISC THREE

1. The Standells – Barracuda

2. We The People – You Burn Me Up And Down

3. The Rationals – I Need You

4. The Other Half – Mr. Pharmacist

5. Neal Ford & The Fanatics – Shame On You

6. The Choir – It’s Cold Outside

7. The Newbeats – Top Secret

8. The Fire Escape – Love Special Delivery

9. ? & The Mysterians – Girl (You Captivate Me)

10. The Third Bardo – I’m Five Years Ahead Of My Time

11. Ken & The Forth Dimension – See If I Care

12. The Off-Beats – Tired Of Crying

13. The Mistics – Why Baby Why

14. The Headstones – Bad Day Blues

15. Roy Junior (Roy Acuff Jr.) – Victim Of Circumstances

16. The Sparkles – Hipsville 29 B.C. (I Need Help)

17. The Jackals – Love Times Eight

18. The Galaxies IV – Piccadilly Circus

19. Front Page News – Thoughts

20. Fenwyck – Mindrocker

21. The Jefferson Handerchief – I’m Allergic To Flowers

22. The Buddhas – Lost Innocence

23. The Ohio Express – Try It

24. Tidal Waves – Action! (Speaks Louder Than Words)

25. The Liberty Bell – For What You Lack

26. Thursdays Children – You Can Forget About That

27. The Jades – Come Back

28. The Checkmates – Talk To Me

29. The New Yorkers – Again

30. Georgy & The Velvet Illusions – Mini Shimmy

31. The Bedlam Four – No One Left To Love