The latest title from Reelin’ In The Years Productions’ British Invasion DVD Series will be screened at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA on January 22. Pretty Things: Midnight To Six features 27 complete performances by the band filmed between 1965 and 1970, and new interviews with Phil May, Dick Taylor, Wally Waller, John Stax, Skip Alan and John Povey.
The Pretty Things started off as an R&B-based rock group, with a style similar to early Kinks and Rolling Stones. Their early reputation was largely built off of being wilder than the Stones. As such, they were hugely influential on the garage and punk movements. Joey Ramone said of them, “The Pretty Things were the biggest influence on us… they invented garage bands.”
As the 60s went on, The Pretty Things, like many other bands of the era, grew more and more psychedelic, and even created the first rock opera with 1968’s ‘S.F. Sorrow,’ which pre-dated both The Who’s ‘Tommy’ and The Kinks’ ‘Arthur or The Decline And Fall of the British Empire.’ To this day, ‘S.F. Sorrow’ is considered by many to be one of the greatest psychedelic records of all time.
After another superb and largely underrated album, ‘Parachute,’ The Pretty Things went in a more hard rockin’ direction before gradually petering out. The brilliance of their 60s era was never to be repeated, though reunion shows in the 90s and 00s were met with great acclaim. Thankfully, their golden period need never be forgotten, thanks to this documentary.