after balloon burning…

The wasted tail fin hovers under the radar. Peeling decals fluttering. The cockpit has been hosed down and the instruments crackle on autopilot; a rusting colossus immune to nagging; neglect; and niggardliness. \”So far as I\’m concerned, the early 70s were the Pretties\’ finest twinkling hour. Ladbroke Grove was their acid drenched stamping ground, home to Van Morrison\’s Madam George and the group\’s fluctuating line-up saw them brazenly trading key members with pioneering mental cases, the Pink Fairies ; recording in and out of Abbey Road studios and switching record labels as quick as jumping on a London borough bus.\” From the ground its black silhouette hangs like a painted flag. The ghost of \’SF Sorrow\’. One by one those remaining occupants crawl through the hatch and drop. It would be cheaper to get there by underground, missed opportunities refracting off steamed glass like kisses on the top deck window of a stalled bus. \”As smokey brown as the Beatles\’ \”Abbey Road\” in places, but shimmering and translucent too as the best of Chilton & Bell\’s Big Star. A perfect pop masterpiece painted from a well rehearsed palette of limited colour, a perfect teenage summer\’s trip.\” The girl you covet waits at the bus stop. Her knees are trembling. She glances up and over her shoulder, where sweet wrappers and discarded beer tins pock thistle and wayward berries. There is something moving behind the fence. This is the sound of your free period on a summer\’s afternoon. Or the 8:00 AM journey from a suburban outback into a blotter tinctured oasis of hallucinogenics and Ritalin lozenges; an aggravated spinster in laddered tights by the roundabout who shares much in common with Sunday\’s maiden aunt. A spindle-legged hankering. Old English Spangles and Dandelion Clocks. Arachnids weaving unseen in the dewlaps, spotted hounds off the leash and foaming. And. Transgressions on your tongue.

A tangle of strings.

Free-fall. For aviators and survivors of 1970\’s unopened \”Parachute\” everywhere.

THE PRETTY THINGS: GRASS from \”Parachute\” LP (Harvest EMI) 1970 (UK)

THE PRETTY THINGS: LOVE IS GOOD from \”Freeway Madness\” LP (Warner Bros.) 1972 (UK)


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