THE PRETTY THINGS - BBC SESSION, LONDON 2018 [PHIL MAY R.I.P. 1944 - 2020]

August 15, 2018 – 7:13 am

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PHIL MAY R.I.P. 1944 - 2020

As the singer and chief songwriter of the Pretty Things, Phil May, who has died on May 15, 2020 aged 75 from complications following hip surgery after a cycling accident, achieved a status in pop history out of all proportion to his group’s record sales. The Pretty Things were outlandish and endlessly inventive, and inspired any number of punk, indie and glam-rock bands.

Their admirers have included David Bowie, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop and Nirvana, while their 1966 single Midnight to Six Man supplied the opening line of the Clash’s (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais. Mick Jagger wanted to stop them from appearing on the TV pop show Ready Steady Go! because they were the one band who could challenge the delinquent-outlaw status of the Rolling Stones.

They started out playing raucous blues and R&B, but evolved speedily through soul, hard rock and psychedelia. In 1968 May delivered his tour de force in the shape of the album SF Sorrow. It is now considered to have been the first rock opera, but a botched release meant the album was overshadowed by the Who’s Tommy.

Silk Torpedo, 1973, is the seventh album by the Pretty Things. The title song of the album is $ingapore Silk Torpedo. This is their second album without Wally Waller, the group’s rhythm guitarist/bassist since 1967. The album has more of a glam rock feel, a contrast from their early R&B years and their psychedelic years.

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THE PRETTY THINGS
London 2018 [no label, 1CD]

BBC Session (for Marc Riley show), Maida Vale Studios, London, UK; July 16 (?), 2018. Very good bbc broadcast.

The Pretty Things are an English rock band, formed in 1963 in London. They took their name from Willie Dixon’s 1955 song “Pretty Thing”. A pure rhythm and blues band in their early years, with several singles charting in the United Kingdom, they later embraced other genres such as psychedelic rock in the late 1960s (with 1968 SF Sorrow being one of the first rock operas), hard rock in the early 1970s and new wave in the early 1980s. Despite this, they never managed to recapture the same level of commercial success of their very first releases.

In 2018, the band announced that they were retiring from electric performances at the end of the year. All current and forthcoming dates throughout 2018 are being billed as part of a farewell tour.

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Track 01. The Same Sun 6:11
Track 02. Interview/Can’t Judge A Book 4:14
Track 03. Interview 6:20
Track 04. She Says Good Morning 3:48
Track 05. Interview 5:48
Track 06. Mister Evasion 3:22
Track 07. Rosalyn 3:08
Track 08. Closing comments 1:39
Track 09. Midnight To Six Man 4:00
39 mins

Lineage:
Phil May - vocals
Dick Taylor
- guitar
Frank Holland
- guitar
George Woosey
- bass
Jack Greenwood - drums

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  1. 53 Responses to “THE PRETTY THINGS - BBC SESSION, LONDON 2018 [PHIL MAY R.I.P. 1944 - 2020]”

  2. I ain’t never heard of these dudes . More classic rock is what everybody wants . Get with the program.

    By Derrick on Aug 15, 2018

  3. Very funny Derrick. Presumably you have never heard of bands like the Rolling Stones, Them, The Animals, or The Yardbirds either. Get some history mate. If it wasn’t for bands like these, there wouldn’t have been any classic rock at all.

    By Amused on Aug 15, 2018

  4. ha ha ha ha ha ha the enormous list of what you ain’t heard of Derrick is gargantuan and clearly growing exponentially by the day ha ha ha ha ha ha

    he even complains about ‘classic rock’ bands . . . . . it’s too TOO funny! :)

    By swappers on Aug 15, 2018

  5. This band aint famous like them bands you mentioned . Classic Rock bands are famous like Zep or the who ‘ stones etc . Besides the show is from this year and that alone disqualifies them

    By Derrick on Aug 15, 2018

  6. Oddly reassuring to see such consistent ignorance in these uncertain times. Thanks, Derrick.

    By Meade E. Ochre on Aug 16, 2018

  7. Thanks for the Pretty Things. Not a bad little session and sounded like business as usual!

    As for Derrick’s blinkered pig-ignorance and claiming the Pretties aren’t famous nor classic, why then is it that David Gilmour and Van Morrison are lined up to guest with them at their final show in December? Gilmour’s worked with them a few times, Van has cited them as an influence, Keith Richards is on record as saying they’re a great band and they were also signed to Swan Song in the 70’s and Jimmy Page’s manager Peter Grant also managed them for a few years. Sure, they may not have sold millions like the bands Derrick loves and keeps prattling on about but their legacy and legend is just as credible.

    By Bruce Skywater on Aug 16, 2018

  8. Derrick is a troll. BigO has pointed out that he has at least eight ID’s. There’s really no need to respond to him.

    By Troll Ban Please on Aug 16, 2018

  9. Ain’t no troll ‘ just a dude expressin an opinion that’s all . You don’t gotta agree with me but you should

    By Derrick on Aug 16, 2018

  10. Least I don’t talk that queer Dik shit like others here

    By Derrick on Aug 16, 2018

  11. And no this ain’t no classic rock . Classic rock was the 60s and 70s

    By Derrick on Aug 16, 2018

  12. The biggest troll of all is the Moron with his nuts on chins . He never gets called out .

    By Eli on Aug 16, 2018

  13. Maybe he works for Big O

    By Eli on Aug 16, 2018

  14. “Eli”- didn’t BigO list all your fake ID’s a while ago too? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

    By Troll Ban Please on Aug 16, 2018

  15. What. no Moron on the list ? Wonder why Rod errrr Moron

    By Pamela Des Bariss on Aug 16, 2018

  16. Dont get me involved in this nonsense dudes . And stop using my name

    By Pamela Des Bariss on Aug 16, 2018

  17. Sorry Pam ‘ just having a little fun

    By Eli on Aug 16, 2018

  18. The Moron ‘ The Teflon Troll , has more usernames than anyone but never gets called out . Wonder why ? Very interesting

    By Eli on Aug 16, 2018

  19. Eli- Your chin is calling out for these nuts.

    Wonder why these nuts are on your chin so often.

    These nuts are very interested in your chin.

    That’s how it’s done, posers.

    By Eli Moron on Aug 17, 2018

  20. If you dont know the pretty things and say they’re not classic rock, you are the biggest twat around. Derrick is a moron!

    By Walter on Aug 18, 2018

  21. Derrick is a retard, you’ll have to forgive his uninformed and stupid opinions, morons like him unfortunately have internet access and the rest of us have to suffer these trolls.
    Ignorant of history is just plain IGNORANT!

    By BumpUp on Aug 19, 2018

  22. you know with all the media at ones finger tips. could we confine the stupid comments .this is a musical site /blog. for music. If you have something to say about the music great. but the little boy bathroom talk really gets old…just like “classic Rock” ruins Big O idea of spreading ..something you never heard before. MUSIC listen and shut up. SMILES TO YOU ALL

    By Richard Jay on Aug 23, 2018

  23. I still say this ain’t no classic rock . I aint never heard of these dudes . Everybody’s heard of Zeppelin ‘the who ‘ the stones .

    By Derrick on Aug 23, 2018

  24. You stupid dudes actually call this shit classic rock ? They ain’t been no great classic rock since the 70’s

    By Derrick on Aug 23, 2018

  25. Most of the shit our there today is that coon RAP CRAP sung by a bunch of tattood monkeys . Also plastic fake music where computers do everything for you .

    By Derrick on Aug 23, 2018

  26. I need attention. I get it by dumping on stuff that other people enjoy, then I sit back and laugh when they get upset. I don’t even believe anything I post, I just need the attention. Please reply to my asinine crap. Please.

    Oh, and I honk choads. Der.

    By Der Rick on Aug 23, 2018

  27. I believe everything I say Shit for brains . If you as this is Classic Rock you is crazy . You probably like that coon rap shit I bet with all them tattoos singin bout screwin their moms and sisters . That’s the world today ? And I’m fucked up . That’s joke dude .

    By Derrick on Aug 24, 2018

  28. sometimes I can`t help but think darth is back under a new aLIAS.

    By dropkicksarge on Aug 24, 2018

  29. ;) Ha ha ha blimey dropkick don’t tempt him! You know what happens if we say his name three times . . . . . as for ‘Derrick’ let him play with the pencils, poor old guy is stuck way back in the 60s/70s and doesn’t even know the Pretty Things! Ha ha ha ha . . . . it would be funny if it weren’t so sad. Perhaps they didn’t travel well and were best understood in the UK but that just confirms his racist bent . . . . . . “Don’t Bring Me Down” ya get me?! ;)

    By swappers on Aug 24, 2018

  30. Swappers I too laughed when a supposed classic rock expert didn`t know about the “Pretty things”.darth would never have copped to that lack of knowledge

    By dropkicksarge on Aug 24, 2018

  31. Bernard (France) try this one http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=4140

    By sking on May 19, 2020

  32. Rumor has it this was a band of Lil Uns

    By U L E on May 23, 2020

  33. With Phil being the Lilst Un

    By U L E on May 23, 2020

  34. I admit to impersonating U L E’ Derrick, Antichrist, Pamela DesBarres and others just to troll them. All I wanted was to review the COMMENTS SECTION LIKE I USED TO DO and actually enjoy them because they were MUSIC related. I even emailed Big O and asked him to please moderate this group. All I heard was nothing. So I took matters into my own hands and figured I would troll the trollers. THATS why they have multiple ID’S. I’m 1 of them.

    By DAve on May 23, 2020

  35. Derrick is a troll. BigO has pointed out that he has at least eight ID’s. There’s really no need to respond to him.

    By Troll Ban Please on Aug 16, 2018

    By Derrick on May 23, 2020

  36. Derrick - Your chin is calling out for these nuts.

    Wonder why these nuts are on your chin so often.

    These nuts are very interested in your chin.

    That’s how it’s done, posers.

    By Derrick Moron on May 23, 2020

  37. How can I make anymore gay movies with this damn Covid 19 virus. Im tired of living in mommys basement . Im 58 years old. I know what. I’ll go back to wearing my black leather stirrups and start injecting bleach livestreaming then jack off for my fans

    By Billy on May 23, 2020

  38. Dave - Your chin is calling out for these nuts.

    Wonder why these nuts are on your chin so often.

    These nuts are very interested in your chin.

    That’s how it’s done, posers.

    By Dave Moron on May 23, 2020

  39. Shut the fuck up swappers. You’ve never heard of the jive five the crests, the harptones, the drifters he dubs dion and the belmonts you idiotic brit turd. Them is classic rock before there was classic rock you twit

    By Derrick on May 23, 2020

  40. Yeah and Savoy Brown, Foghat, Mayblitz, Juicy Lucy, Sir Lord Baltimore, Cactus Grand Funk, MC-5 ToeFat Bonzo Dog Band. I knows my music man. Hot Tuna Jefferson Airplane Papa John Creach New Riders of the Purple Sage

    By Derrick on May 23, 2020

  41. I sucked off all those bands. I knows my man penises.

    By Derrick on May 23, 2020

  42. Derrick is a retard, you’ll have to forgive his uninformed and stupid opinions, morons like him unfortunately have internet access and the rest of us have to suffer these trolls.
    Ignorant of history is just plain IGNORANT!

    By Bucket T on May 24, 2020

  43. Im not scared of any of you jew cocsucker faggots. My is 10050 Cielo Drive Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles CA

    By Derrick on May 24, 2020

  44. It’s people like Derrick who prove that Darwin was wrong. Evolution is not linear-there are those individuals who are born farther back on the evolutionary scale.

    By Mark on May 24, 2020

  45. “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
    ― Leon C. Megginson

    Derrick and his bros keep complaining about how sports, music, and race relationships were 50 years ago. They are living in an obsolete mindset and it is causing them great pain. Poor boys.

    By Mark on May 24, 2020

  46. Herr Mark, lutsch meinen Schwanz

    By Nelson on May 24, 2020

  47. Rhonda,
    lutsch meinen Schwanz

    By Nelson on May 24, 2020

  48. Track 4 is one of the best tracks from one of the best 60s psych albums “S.F. Sorrow”. Track 6 is also 60s psych. Tracks 7 and 9 are from earlier in the British Invasion. If that’s not classic rock, then nothing is. The guitarist was an original member of the Rolling Stones. Great BBC performance here.

    By buster on May 25, 2020

  49. Hey Anti , are you seein this crap ? Help me out here bud

    By Derrick on May 27, 2020

  50. Forget it asshole
    Anti won’t be posting on here anymore because I’ve taken him away….
    It was quick I promise. …
    guess you will just have to talk to your other 7 alias now

    By The Grim Reaper on May 27, 2020

  51. Grim Reaper - Your chin is calling out for these nuts.

    Wonder why these nuts are on your chin so often.

    These nuts are very interested in your chin.

    By The Grim Reaper Moron on May 27, 2020

  52. But what do I know?
    I’m just your friendly neighbourhood homo and convicted child molester
    love little boys…..little girls bleed to much lol

    By The Grim Reaper Moron on May 27, 2020

  53. Im a convicted child molester. I must stand 100 feet away from any children school but I cant help it. I love jacking off lil boys faces

    By The Grim Reaper on May 27, 2020

  54. Just dropped by to check out the Pretty Things and there’s Derrick responding to a post of mine two years previous. Glad you got your finger on the pulse boy! I only come here for the dizzying repartee! Sheesh!

    Dumb as soup!

    By swappers on May 27, 2020

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