The Pretty Things

Essential Albums

About The Pretty Things

The Pretty Things were one of the toughest and most celebrated artists to rise from the British Invasion era, and among the very best British R&B bands of the '60s. Taking their name from a Bo Diddley song, they were intentionally ugly: their sound was brutish, their hair longer than any of their contemporaries, their look unkempt. The high points of their R&B period are 1965's The Pretty Things and Get the Picture?; 1968's S.F. Sorrow is their psychedelic touchstone; and 1970's Parachute is an ambitious mix of psychedelia, pop, and hard rock. Their cult was drawn to either their vicious early records, where they sounded like a meaner version of the Rolling Stones, or to S.F. Sorrow, which inspired Pete Townshend to write Tommy for the Who.

Kent, England
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