only recorded three singles, but on those 45s are three tunes that rate with the very wildest British R&B of the mid-'60s. These sides, and "Get Yourself Home" in particular, were very close to the frenetic, wild-eyed approach employed by
at the same time. The resemblance between "Get Yourself Home" and
is not entirely coincidental.
had recorded this as a possible third single, but ultimately rejected it for release, and it was picked up by
were first known as Dane Stephens & the Deepbeats
being the lead singer. Songwriter Geoff Stephens
(no relation to Dane
) helped arrange for them to do sessions for Decca, resulting in the debut single "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright," a cover of the Bob Dylan
composition. The flipside, "Anytime at All," was far closer to the Fairies
' true R&B-rock personality with its harmonica, maracas, and jagged guitar. It was written by Geoff Stephens
, quite an oddity considering that Stephens
would find success with overtly sentimental pop material such as Dave Berry
's "The Crying Game" and the New Vaudeville Band
's "Winchester Cathedral."
The next single, "Get Yourself Home"/"I'll Dance," was a peak treasure of obscure British Invasion R&B, particularly the A-side, which was written by Johnny Dee
(who had also written the Pretty Things
' hit "Don't Bring Me Down"). With its hoarse Phil May
-like vocal, "Get Yourself Home" could well be mistaken for a bona fide Pretties
track. The band's momentum was derailed around this time, though, when Dane Stephens
fell asleep while driving, hit a car, and deaths resulted from the accident. Stephens
didn't have a driver's license and went to jail, and Nick Wymer
took over on vocals.
Although the Fairies
cemented the Pretty Things
connection by going with the Pretties'
management and agency, their third and final single, "I Don't Mind," was more muted and poppy than their earlier endeavors, sounding like the very early Moody Blues
. ("Jimmie Duncan" is credited as producer; most likely that was Pretty Things
co-manager Jimmy Duncan
, who had co-written their debut single, "Rosalyn.") As a final gesture of the Pretty Things
reciprocation society, After stints in the In Crowd
drummer John "Twink" Alder
joined the Pretty Things
for a spell in the late '60s during their psychedelic phase.