& Today: The Pretty Things
By Zane Ewton
The Pretty Things were cut from the same
cloth of many British bands but were unable to enjoy the same stateside
success that the rest of the “invasion” enjoyed.
In the early 1960’s British art students
discovered American blues and rock and roll. Guitarist Dick Taylor
was in the middle of that crowd and briefly played in a band with Mick
Jagger and Keith Richards before meeting Phil May and forming the Pretty
Credited with releasing the first “rock
opera”, The Pretty Things were major influences to Pete Townshend, David
Bowie and much of the British rock royalty.
Come See Me is their first U.S. compilation,
relying heavily on tracks from the band’s first decade. Talk of this
band has been floating around due to the current interest in “garage rock”.
The Pretty Things music is coming straight
from the garage. It is bluesy rock with a driving Bo Diddley beat.
These are short songs that hit right on the point. The British media
touted the band for being crazier and rawer than the Stones, on and off
stage. In the musical sense they seem to run neck and neck.
Unfortunately, the songs are not as memorable
as other songs of that era. The Stones and the Beatles made classic
albums that will be played forever. There is no Exile on Main Street
or Sgt. Pepper’s in the Pretty Things catalog. The band will be best
remembered, at least in the U.S., more for who they influenced than for
their own songs.
With more luck, The Pretty Things could
have been on par with the Stones and the Beatles, but while the British
were invading America the Pretty Things were touring Europe. They
missed out on the initial madness and could never gain a foothold in the
Come See Me is a great introduction and
will definitely build interest in checking into the rest of this band’s
catalogue. It is valuable if for nothing other than to see a stepping
stone in the history of rock and roll.
Pretty Things – Come See Me: The Very Best of The Pretty Things
Honey, I Need
Don't Bring Me Down
Rainin' In My Heart
Midnight To Six Man
Buzz The Jerk
You Don't Believe Me
Can't Stand The Pain
Come See Me
Get The Picture?
Death Of A Socialite
Walking Through My Dreams
Talkin' About The Good Times
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