Pretty Things, Si; Annoying Mimes, No

The Pretty Things’ S.F. Sorrow was arguably the first rock opera, but don’t hold that against it. The story of the miserable childhood, traumatic adulthood, and unbelievably lonely and depressing old age of one Sebastian F. Sorrow contains some of the band’s most indelible music, and lacks the oppressive bloat of most concept albums. And then there’s this: a French TV appearance which finds the Pretties singing of Pvt. Sorrow’s wartime experiences while an INCREDIBLY ANNOYING MIME-LIKE CREATURE cavorts in the foreground. These things happen when R&B bad boys discover Art.