The Pretty Things

The Pretty Things

When David Bowie Covered The Pretty Things, Dick Taylor Speaks

by Paul Cashmere on November 22, 2012

in Live,News

The Pretty Things were one of England’s founders of rock and roll. Lead by Dick Taylor, an original member of The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things were covered a decade later by David Bowie for his ‘Pin-Ups’ album.

The Pretty Things

The Pretty Things

Bowie covered two Pretty Things songs on that album, ‘Rosalyn’ and ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’. Dick Taylor told Noise11 how the Bowie song impacted on him at the time.

“I’d love to say when Bowie did it that money came in but nothing like that unfortunately happened, Dick tells Noise11.com. “In retrospect, it is great that he did it. It helped later. It was a great compliment but at that time I wasn’t actually with The Pretty Things, funnily enough,” Dick said. “At that time I was having a bit of a holiday from The Pretty Things. It wasn’t until 1978 when I started working with The Pretty Things again”.

The original song was actually based on a Bo Diddley riff. “We signed to signed to a record company, the guy who introduced us was a guy called Jimmy Duncan. He wrote this song and he had a demo of it. It was this piano and the kind of the melody of the song was kind of there. It was a totally different animal to what got released. We said ‘what are we gonna do with this’. So we came up with the idea of having a Bo Diddley beat behind it. That’s how we put it together. Then once we had the Bo Diddley beat and that idea and made it a bit faster than a Bo Diddley record, then it seemed to have a life of its own”.

The Pretty Things are about to tour Australia for the very first time for Tombowler touring. Dick gave us a hint of what to expect. “We do quite a lot of stuff from the really early days. We do a chunk of ‘S.F. Sorrow’. Phil and I do a blues section in the middle, just a couple of tracks where I play slide acoustic and he sings. We do a few new numbers. We try and concentrate on the 60s music because that’s what people want to hear”.

December 2012 tour dates are:
Tues 4th December – The Corner Hotel, Richmond
 Tickets $49+BF
Wed 5th December -Lizotte’s, Dee Why
 Tickets $110 – Show w/ main meal, $68 – Show only w/ bar menu available
Fri 7th December – The Factory Theatre, Marrickville 
Tickets $49 + BF

Sat 8th December – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
 Tickets $40.70 + BF

Thurs 13th December – Caravan Club, Oakleigh
 Tickets $55 + bf (Standing), $69 + BF (Seated)

Fri 14th December – Caravan Club, Oakleigh
 Tickets $55 + bf (Standing), $69 + BF (Seated)


Comments

comments

Related Posts

David Bowie The Gouster
David Bowie’s Rejected ‘The Gouster’ Album To Be Released

David Bowie fans will finally get to own ‘The Gouster’ when his next box set is released soon.

2 days ago
David Bowie Life On Mars, music news, noise11.com
David Bowie The Man Who Fell To Earth To Be Reissued

To mark the 40th anniversary of the UK release of director Nicolas Roeg’s iconic science fiction odyssey, The Man Who Fell to Earth, STUDIOCANAL has announced that they are near to completing a new 4k restoration of the cult classic.

July 9, 2016
Biffy Clyro, Noise11, Photo Ros O'Gorman
New Music Releases 8 July 2016

Biffy Clyro and a few Bowie reissues lead the weeks new releases.

July 8, 2016
Prince Purple Rain
Prince and David Bowie Have Top 10 Selling Albums of 2016 So Far

The death of music icon Prince has brought a focus to his catalog in a way seen only with the biggest of artists.

June 22, 2016
Tony Visconti
Tony Visconti Apologizes For Insulting Adele

Tony Visconti has apologized for offending Adele.

June 15, 2016
David Bowie 2004 Rod Laver Arena. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Tributes To Bowie At Isle Of Wight Festival

Thousands of people turned out at the main stage yesterday afternoon to celebrate the life of David Bowie on the third day of the Isle of Wight Festival.

June 14, 2016
Lionel Richie SXSW 2012 - Photo By Ros O'Gorman
Lionel Richie Says Prince and Bowie Death’s Were His Wake-Up Call

Lionel Richie is living his life with meaning following the deaths of fellow superstars David Bowie and Prince.

June 11, 2016