The Pretty Things

The Pretty Things • BBC2's The Beat Room • December 24, 1964

$100.00

BBC Television Centre, Studio 3, Wood Lane, White City, West London

BBC2's The Beat Room — Broadcast unconfirmed

Left to right: Dick Taylor, Viv Prince, Phil May, Brian Pendleton, (bassist John Stax out of frame)

 

The Story

This Christmas-time performance by The Pretty Things on the short-lived BBC2 pop show, The Beat Room, is notable for the existence of live studio recordings logged in BBC archives as originating from Thursday, December 24, 1964. In any format, surviving tapes from this era are rare (only one complete episode of The Beat Room survives). What's unusual is the complete absence of The Pretty Things from any future published Beat Room television listing. Were The Pretties cut from the show? It's possible.

The BBC recording of 'Mama, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut' from this episode (captured in our photograph) reveals Phil May playfully swapping the song's gender pronouns while singing, "I'm in love with your little girl, and your little boy's in love with me.", This small act of rebellion from a slurring frontman with shoulder-length hair could have been all the BBC needed to pull the plug on The Pretty Things' final appearance on The Beat Room.

Songs performed: 'Don't Bring Me Down,' 'Mama, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut,' 'Johnny B. Goode'

Photograph by Tony Gale


The Process

The images featured on our site are reproduced directly from the original negatives in our collection. Each has been digitally drum scanned at 8000 DPI to ensure the highest quality prints up to the largest sizes. 

Learn More

Shipping & Returns

Shipping

Shipping is free on all domestic print orders. International shipping is free on all print orders of $275 and above. A flat shipping fee of $45 will be added to all international orders below $275. Shipping is charged on all Skateboard Pop!Art Deck orders. Shipping for t-shirt orders is $5.00 domestic, $10.00 for Canada, and $25.00 international.

Learn More

Returns

Ready Steady Pop! Archives stands behind the quality of the prints we offer. If for any reason, you are not totally satisfied with your purchase, Ready Steady Pop! Archives will gladly refund or exchange your print provided your original purchase is returned in its original condition. 

Learn More