Mr. Farmer

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"Mr. Farmer"
The Seeds - Mr. Farmer.jpg
Single by The Seeds
from the album A Web of Sound
B-side "Up in Her Room"
Released February 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded 1966
Genre Garage rock, proto-punk, psychedelic rock
Length 2:58 (album version)
2:35 (single version)
Label GNP Crescendo
Songwriter(s) Sky Saxon
Producer(s) Marcus Tybalt
The Seeds singles chronology
"Pushin' Too Hard"
(1966)
"Mr. Farmer"
(1967)
"Can't Seem to Make You Mine"
(1967)
"Pushin' Too Hard"
(1966)
"Mr. Farmer"
(1967)
"Can't Seem to Make You Mine"
(1967)

"Mr. Farmer" is a song by American garage rock group The Seeds, written by vocalist Sky Saxon and produced by Marcus Tybalt. It was released as a single in 1967 and peaked at number 86 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was banned on many radio stations during the time of its release because of its drug references.

Lyrical content and recording[edit]

Written by Sky Saxon, "Mr. Farmer" depicts the tale of a man who becomes dissatisfied with city life and moves to the country, buys five acres, and spends time watering crops.[1] Though Saxon attempted to disguise the lyrics to make the song's message appear anti-drug, the song was widely interpreted as a tribute a marijuana growers and was banned on many radio stations.[1][2][3][4]

Keyboardist Daryl Hooper later recalled discussing the song's bassline with Harvey Sharp, who had often played bass with the band in studio. Because the Seeds did not employ a bassist during live performances, Hooper used the left-hand bass on a Wurlitzer during small club performances, and later used a Fender Rhodes bass for larger shows.[5]

Reception[edit]

"Mr. Farmer" was released as a single in February 1967 and peaked at number 86 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.[6] In the "Monkees on Tour" episode of The Monkees, a promotional copy of the single is shown being played by Phoenix radio station KRIZ when the band visits. Music historian Domenic Priore compared the song's piano sound to that of early Pink Floyd records.[7] Author Harvey Kubernik called the song a "punk-pop classic", and writer Malcolm Russell described it as a "tight groover".[5][8]

Other appearances and versions[edit]

"Mr. Farmer" appeares on the 1987 compilation More Nuggets: Classics from the Psychedelic Sixties Volume 2 and is featured on the 2000 soundtrack to the film Almost Famous.[9][10] Sky Saxon revisited the song on his 2008 solo album The King of Garage Rock.[11] Psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock recorded a cover version of the song on their 2012 album Wake Up Where You Are.[12]

Track listing[edit]

7" Vinyl
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mr. Farmer" Sky Saxon 2:35
2. "Up in Her Room" Saxon 3:40

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 86

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jacobson, Don (2008-11-10). "The Seeds: A Web of Sound". The Beachwood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (2003). Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock. Milwaukee, Wisc.: Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 65. ISBN 978-0634055485. 
  3. ^ Garmon, Ron (2010-11-04). "The Five Dumbest Songs About Weed (To Blame For Prop 19's Failure)". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  4. ^ Sweeting, Adam (2009-06-29). "Obituary: Sky Saxon". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  5. ^ a b Kubernik, Harvey (2009). Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon. New York: Sterling Publishing. pp. 81, 119. ISBN 978-1-4027-6589-6. 
  6. ^ a b "'Mr. Farmer' - The Seeds - Chart History". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  7. ^ Priore, Domenic (2007). Riot On Sunset Strip. London: Jawbone Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-1906002046. 
  8. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock (3rd ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 915. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0. 
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "'More Nuggets, Vol. 2' - Overview". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  10. ^ Carlson, Dean. "'Almost Famous': Original Soundtrack - Overview". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  11. ^ Campbell, Al. "The King of Garage Rock - Overview". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  12. ^ Britton, Wesley (2012-06-24). "Music Review: Strawberry Alarm Clock - 'Wake Up Where You Are'". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 

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