The Pretty Things
Still featuring original members Phil May (vocals) and Dick Taylor (lead guitar/vocals), The Pretty Things created some of the most exciting and innovative records of the late 1960s and 1970s. The band were recently awarded the Hero Award at the Mojo Honours, and have been name-checked by an array of artists ranging from The Clash, David Bowie and Aerosmith through to The Libertines and Kasabian.
Their album Parachute was released in 1970 and was named Rolling Stone’s #1 Album of the Year ahead of Let It Be by The Beatles, Morrison Hotel by The Doors, After the Gold Rush by Neil Young, Moondance by Van Morrison, Bridge over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel, Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother and Led Zeppelin III.
The Pretty Things were preceded by Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys, which consisted of Dick Taylor, fellow Sidcup Art College student Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger. When Brian Jones was recruiting for his own band, all three joined Brian and Ian Stewart and were dubbed “Rollin’ Stones” by Jones. Taylor would briefly play bass guitar in the nascent Rolling Stones.
Together with veteran guitarist Frank Holland (joined 1993), original members Phil May and Dick Taylor are backed by a young rhythm section and are currently on fine form, celebrating 50 years as a recording band. They regularly sell out club venues and often attract some very famous fellow musicians into their audiences. This is their only London show for the remainder of 2014. Miss it at your peril.
The Pretty Things set times:
No support: two sets from 7:45pm.