Late in the day, a special mystery secret act was added to the Norton Records Benefit bill. It was none other that the legendary UK garage bands, The Pretty Things. Features original member, Dick Taylor, who was an original member of The Rolling Stones, leaving in late 1963 to make way for Bill Wyman. Phil May was one of David Bowie’s biggest influences. Bowie wrote the song "Oh You Pretty Things", inspired by the band and records two Pretty Things on his popular "Pin-Up" covers album, with his energetic versions of "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Rosalyn".
After three exciting shows here in Melbourne at The Corner Hotel and The Caravan Park Club, The Pretty Things were on their way home. Their instruments were packed up, heading to England. With the aid of Midnight Woolf, they were able to make one more final stop to a packed out audience at The Old Bar in old Fitzroy. Their memorable rockin' set included songs from their criminally underrated iconic album, "SF Sorrow" with "SF Sorrow Is Born" and "She Says Good Morning". As well as classic numbers like "LSD", "Roadrunner", "Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut", "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Come See Me".
Local label Off The Hip records is throwing a benefit party to help get Norton back above water!!
Featuring live sets from Midnight Woolf, Mesa Cosa, the Reprobettes and Wrong Turn. Plus DJs Wet Wax, Packed Jetty and Atlantis spinning Norton records all night!
Brooklyn, New York, record label Norton Records lost its warehouse to floods following hurricane Sandy. Most of the entire catalogue was destroyed!!
Norton Records is home to many artists, including; Link Wray, the Sonics, the Real Kids, Hasil Adkins, Esquerita, A-Bones (featuring Billy and Miriam – the founders of Norton Records), Untamed Youth, the Flamin’ Groovies, the Dictators, Andre Williams, Nathaniel Mayer, Roky Erickson and literally hundreds more.
Just $10 on the door and all proceeds go to saving the mighty Norton Records.
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