The Pretty Things
After more than 50 years of continuous service, The Pretty Things — still featuring original members Phil May and Dick Taylor— remain a significant, challenging force in Rock ‘n’ Roll. Despite their veteran status, their contemporary relevance, undiminished energy and inspirational commitment inspire emerging generations of new artists and young fans, whilst retaining their devoted, fanatical, core fan base.
Their career is a tribute to righteous, unswerving convictions, always chosen over a quick buck. It is no surprise that guitarist Dick Taylor chose to leave The Rolling Stones, which he had formed with Mick and Keith, to pursue a more raw level of energy with The Pretty Things.
And they still retain that energy, as befits one of this country’s most exciting live acts, whilst their recordings and song-writing maintain the same levels of inspiration and innovation that were set back in 1964, with the world’s first and best ever Garage anthem, ‘Rosalyn’.
Underrated and often overlooked, The Pretty Things have had a seminal influence on Rock music. Their diverse and unexpected history has spawned countless imitators, many of whom have seen greater commercial success than their heroes, but The Pretty Things remain the original and the best.
Not content with being the first ever “garage” band, glowingly acknowledged by Iggy, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and Nirvana, as a primal influence and guiding light. They created a world of rock and roll attitude (the first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll drugs bust and a lifetime ban from Australia and New Zealand provide credentials!) and still found time to create a cult world of incredible ground-breaking music – which is as influential now as their attitude was then.
The Pretty Things were responsible for the world’s first ever Rock Opera. Recorded in 1967 alongside The Beatles and The Pink Floyd at Abbey Road, S. F. Sorrow was the acknowledged template for The Who’s Tommy, and was, in 1998, another first, when it was recorded live at Abbey Road, with David Gilmour on guitar, for the world’s first ever Global Broadband Netcast.
This template for the Classic Rock Opera was often copied, but never bettered. Their template for the live recording of a classic album was picked up a few years later, are the shelves are now filled with similar formats of great records – Forever Changes, Oddessey And Oracle, and many others…