The Pretty Things: Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky
Fifty years of R&B, prog, AOR, psychedelia and rock’n’roll – all in a heroically-curated box set.
Whereas the Rolling Stones did rebels-by-numbers (‘Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?’), The Pretty Things frontman Phil May taunted parents with the line: ‘I’m in love with your little girl and your little boy’s in love with me.’
They took it all too far, to filch a line from their super-fan, David Bowie. Bad luck, self-destruction and poor decisions scuppered the Dartford five’s career, leaving them penniless, despite producing some of the decade’s best records.