One of the more obscure bands of the Southern California paisley underground scene in the mid-'80s, the Things had three albums released in the mid 80s, two on Voxx and a third on Epitaph. You can find their first (Coloured Heaven, 1984) in Twilightzone, with a semi-negative review by R.Unterberger. Certainly songwriter/singer/guitarist Steve Crabtree's chief musical inspiration was Arthur Lee, but he managed to make some truly inspired songs and to built a sound, which could distinguish them from the mass. In 'Outside My Window', their best record, Things weren't the crazed Fuzzones or the freaked-out Plan 9, they had a more "cool" approach to psychedelia, not very far from Green Pajamas, though definately more rockin'. They were known in the California scene as fine players with great musicianship, and real good live performers.
. 'Outside My Window' had a better distribution than their other releases, issued on Voxx and licenced to Hitch-Hyke (Greece) and Lolita (France), though it never had a re-release on vinyl or CD and it's long out-of-print.
Line-up: Steve Crabtree - vcls, gtr, kbds / Larry Klein - gtr, vcls / Bob Wier - bs, vcls/ Roy McDonald - drms, pcsn
Track listing 1 Outside My Window 2 Can't Get Enough 3 Love Is Gone 4 Take the Chance 5 Everytime 6 All Work and No Play 7 You Can't Deliver 8 Look What You're Doing 9 I've Been Nowhere 10 Young and Wild