—Mike Stax of The Loons and Ugly Things magazine, from this interview
The Pretty Things' studio albums:
- The Pretty Things (1965)
- Get the Picture? (1965)
- Emotions (1967)
- S.F. Sorrow (1968)
- Parachute (1970)
- Freeway Madness (1972)
- Silk Torpedo (1974)
- Savage Eye (1975)
- Cross Talk (1980)
- Rage Before Beauty (1999)
- Balboa Island (2007)
- All Drummers Are Animals: Viv Prince, the Pretties' drummer on the earliest records, was even loonier than Keith Moon. In fact, he became so erratic and unreliable that he was fired by the time Get the Picture? was released.
- Badass Beard: Dick Taylor has had one since the 60's.
- Cool Old Guy: What May and Taylor are now.
- Darker and Edgier: Just as The Rolling Stones were edgier than The Beatles, the Pretties were even edgier than the Stones.
- Downer Ending: S.F. Sorrow.
- EmPHAsis On The Wrong SylLAble: The title of "Photographer" is sung "pho-to-GRAPH-er".
- Genre Shift: From heavy blues to Psychedelic Rock and art-rock.
- Heavy Metal: S.F. Sorrow included some proto-metal tracks, most notably "Old Man Going", which may have been heavier than anything that came before.
- Revolving Door Band
- Rock Opera: S.F. Sorrow was the Ur Example.
- Something Blues: "Blue Serge Blues".
- Starving Artist: "Photographer" is about one of these.
- Titled After the Song: In this case, Bo Diddley's "Pretty Thing". Their Cover Version ends with Phil May doing a spoken Shout-Out: "We thank you, Bo, for the name".