My love of the Pretty Things goes DEEP, as their earlier speed fuelled r&b singles rank at the upper echelon of the British Invasion, and the later 60's pschedelicized version of the band that created the outstanding SF Sorrow, Parachute, and unreleased for many years sessions with rich Frenchman Phillippe De Barge (an album that sounds terrible on paper but against many odds sounds fucking GREAT on the turntable.).
After the release of their fantastic second LP Get The Picture, the groups' management tried in vain for a full length Pretties movie to be filmed, only to end up with a 16 minute short film that captures pure adrenalin from the group, hot on the heels of the incredible mod anthem single release 'Midnight To Six". The film shows the group onstage performing their current (and controversial) b-side, L.S.D; sadly, the footage is dubbed but the excitement of the live footage is one of those relics that makes us 60's fanatics who were born too late yearn for 1966. Both of the group's current singles ("Midnight To Six' and Can't Stand The Pain' being the respected a-sides) were combined for The Pretty Things On Film EP, which contains some of my favorite picture sleeve graphic design of the mod era.
While lysergic acid was UNDOUBTEDLY on the scene in London, 1966, the group cleverly disguises this ode to money (the "L" is in the shape of the British pound sterling symbol), but there's no doubt that the imagery goes well beyond cold hard cash, and this record is the link which binds the amphetamine rush of the mod years with the oncoming psychedelic freak out of 1967.
Now the story gets rather complicated, and undoubtedly illegal. In 1967, the mysterious Rain (probably a UK studio concoction, not to be confused with Walker Brother Gary's later group with the same name) cut a side called E.S.P with writers credits listed as "Self; Ciebiera"). Now, I don't know who these people are, but there's no doubt they lifted "L.S.D". Perhaps they saw the commerical potential of the song and decided to make it a bit more palatable, but c'mon guys, WHY weren't the Pretties Dick Taylor and Phil May credited???? It's tough to be too hard on the record though, as it kicks up a real groove.of the Giant Crab. The Crab released two LP's that swiftly went nowhere, but they went out with a bang covering "E.S.P" with a strong dose of L.S.D inspired phase shifting effects.
The Pretty Things - Long-form Promo Film from 1966.
Wow- amazing Pete Tolson guitar playing and great lead vocal by bassist Wally Waller.
Nice - A Pretty Things color clip I've neer seen before, of a song I've never heard them do before. via britrockaholic