Mick Jagger’s former Dartford Grammar School classmate Dick Taylor quit playing bass in the Rolling Stones to return to art school in 1962.
He formed the Pretty Things as lead guitarist with singer Phil May the following year, a band which failed to match the exploits of the Stones but still made their mark in the first wave of R&B/psychedelic rock heroes.
On October 14, the Pretty Things, starring founders Taylor and May, play the Charles Hotel on their final visit to Australia. Tickets from Oztix.
DIXIE AND THE STEMS IN HALL OF FAME
Perth pop masters the Stems and local promo legend Dixie Battersby will be inducted into the WA Music Hall of Fame next month as part of the WAMAwards.
Founded by Dom Mariani in 1983, the Stems are best known for the classic At First Sight off 1987 debut album At First Sight, Violets are Blue.
While they folded soon after, the jangle-pop kings of Perth continue to reunite for shows. Starting in EMI’s Perth phone room, Battersby is a straight-shooting record promoter, legend of the long lunch and longest serving (former) employee of the record company.
The WAMAwards will be held at the Hyatt Regency on November 1.
VAST TALENT FOR ALBUM
Last September, Pop Cycle had the pleasure of visiting Pilbara ghost town Cossack to see Aussie musos Bernard Fanning, Sally Seltmann, Glenn Richards (Augie March), Alex Gow (Oh Mercy), Alan Pigram and Kav Temperley conjure fresh songs out of thin, dry air.
The results of the brainchild of the Panics’ Jae Laffer arrive in Vast, an 18-track album due on November 16. Paul Dempsey’s The Sky’s Gone Missing is already out and worth a spin.
CAN YOU FEEL IT?
You can’t stop the (disco) music, apparently, as the Jacksons, Kool and the Gang, the Pointer Sisters, Village People and Sister Sledge add five new dates to their boogie Down Under in January. The party hits Sandalford Winery on January 19. Tickets go on sale on October 18 via mjrpresents.com.
DREAMGAZERS SHARE SAMPLE
Perth dreamgaze quartet Calmly may have changed their name from Childsaint, played big gigs in the US and Singapore and toured with Methyl Ethel in the past year, but their sound remains the same on new single 30. The talented locals launch the spellbinding sample of their debut album, due early next year, at the Bird on October 13 with support from Nika Mo and S... Narnia. Tickets at the door.
GUNS AND ROSE LAUNCH EP
Local alt-country songsmith Delilah Rose turned the 2014 death of her dad into the four songs on Good Grief! Rose and band, the Gunslingers, launch her second EP at Clancy’s Fremantle on October 13 with a little help from Michael Savage and Tom Fisher and the Layabouts. See the venue for tickets.