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Bad Seeds publicity photo, 1966. The Bad Seeds from Corpus Christi played an influential role in the Texas evolution of the “garage rock” subgenre. Courtesy of SugarHill Studios archives.
BAD SEEDS. The Bad Seeds were a pioneering rock band that formed in Corpus Christi in 1964 and disbanded in 1966. Not to be confused with the similarly-named Australian group (founded by Nick Cave in the 1980s), the original Bad Seeds flourished only regionally and briefly, but nonetheless influentially, in the Texas evolution of the “garage rock” subgenre.
The Bad Seeds came into being when guitarist-singer Mike Taylor and bassist Henry Edgington (previously of the Four Winds, a Corpus Christi teen rock group) merged with guitarist-singer Rod Prince and drummer Bobby Donaho (both formerly of a rival band called the Titans). Playing a mix of cover songs and compositions by Taylor or Prince, the Bad Seeds quickly established regional popularity. By 1965 the quartet was performing frequently on the Corpus Christi television show Teen Time, broadcast on the independent station KIII-TV (Channel 3).
By 1966 the Bad Seeds had signed a recording contract with J-Beck Productions, an upstart local record label owned by Jack Salyers and Carl Becker. With Becker serving as studio producer, the group recorded its first 45 rpm singles (highlighted by “A Taste of the Same”) in Corpus Christi, then shortly thereafter traveled to Houston’s Gold Star Studios (see SUGARHILL RECORDING STUDIOS) to cut its final tracks (comprising “All Night Long” and “Sick and Tired”).
In late 1966 the Bad Seeds broke up, and key members pursued other opportunities. Taylor launched a solo musical career and did studio production for the equally significant Corpus Christi rock band called Zakary Thaks. Prince and Donaho meanwhile formed the short-lived group the New Seeds before Prince moved on to collaborate in creating the nationally successfully San Antonio-based psychedelic rock group named Bubble Puppy.
Some of the recordings of the Bad Seeds are included on a compilation CD, Revolution! Teen Time in Corpus Christi (1965–1970), which was released in 2012 by Cicadelic Records.
All Music Guide (www.allmusic.com), accessed July 27, 2008. Andy Bradley and Roger Wood, House of Hits: The Story of Houston’s Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010).
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