Bowie covered them, Pete Townshend revered them. Fifty years into their career, the Pretty Things have yet to garner due recognition as innovators and influencers. Their evolution from a beat group to psychedelic prog practitioners to glam / pop rockers and permutations thereof is the stuff of bona fide legend. Bassist John Stax anchored the band’s blustery early blues drenched platters with heavy passages purveyed with rhythm and melody. A peer to early Sir Paul, the former William Perks, and Peter Quaife; Stax’s grooves on “Buzz the Jerk,” “Cry to Me,” “Midnight to Six Man;” and "Rosalyn” and “Don’t Bring Me Down” – which Trevor Bolder respectfully replicated on David’s Pin Ups (1973), stand as testimony to his excellence.