The Things

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One of the more obscure bands of the Southern California paisley underground scene in the mid-'80s, the Things fell prey to the fundamental shortcoming of the movement -- their style was wholly derivative,…
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One of the more obscure bands of the Southern California paisley underground scene in the mid-'80s, the Things fell prey to the fundamental shortcoming of the movement -- their style was wholly derivative, and their material not nearly as good as their '60s heroes. Certainly songwriter/singer/guitarist Steve Crabtree's chief musical inspiration was Arthur Lee, and the trio's 1984 debut, Coloured Heaven, was populated with innocuous folk-rock songs that, though well-intentioned, were not fit to be Love/Arthur Lee rejects.