The Pretenders – December 27, 1979
Coming in just under the wire and ending the decade with a dynamic hard-rockin’ soulful and totally classic debut LP release; the Pretenders redeemed a decade that had nearly lost its Rock ‘n’ Roll spirit.
Ranked respectfully high on all pertinent “Best of Rock ” lists; this LP is packed with classic gems that are both infectious and righteously memorable – this due to Chrissie Hynde’s classic voice and writing talent.
Chrissie Hynde is the sexiest and easily the most talented and bad-ass Female Rocker ever – she has it all: a distinctive classic voice (she sang a duet with Sinatra and has been consistently in demand for a vast range of vocal contributions), a truly remarkable talent for writing hit after hit, an attitude and moves that are both sexy and bold, a humorous, entertaining, yet seriously outspoken manner* (see below) and she’s been the sole leader of a band that has continued to successfully persevere for over three decades! I can’t think of any female, or male Rocker that can make that claim!
On top of all of this, Chrissie is an avid supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) which makes me love her even more.
Unfortunately I never got to see the Pretenders live until February 27, 2003 at the historic art-deco Wiltern Theater in downtown L.A., but it was well worth “The Wait”! This concert, “Loose In L.A.” was shot in hi-def and the DVD is a must-see for Pretenders fans, and for any true Rock ‘n’ Rollers! I never found out where my real seat was as I worked my way to the center balcony before the concert started under the guise of admiring the interior art-deco architecture and ended up with a terrific seat for the whole concert!
Here is the Pretenders eponymous debut kick-ass LP;
all songs written by Chrissie Hynde unless noted:
Side One: “Precious” – 3:36, “The Phone Call” – 2:29, “Up the Neck” – 4:27, “Tattooed Love Boys” – 2:59, “Space Invader” (Pete Farndon, James Honeyman-Scott) – 3:26, “The Wait” (Hynde, Farndon) – 3:35, “Stop Your Sobbing” (Ray Davies) – 2:38,
Side Two: “Kid” – 3:06, “Private Life” – 6:25, “Brass in Pocket” (Honeyman-Scott, Hynde) – 3:04, “Lovers of Today” – 5:51, “Mystery Achievement” – 5:23
*Commenting on the non-elected Bush administration and equally corrupt corporate cronies:
“So what to do in an age of smarmy politicians and powerful corporations? “Maybe the last resort is for someone to go in and actually take these guys out”, she replies bluntly. “Maybe it will have to be an out-and-out assassination. When no one will listen anymore, then individuals have to take the law into their own hands and it can get very ugly. When some people decide to run the world for their own economic interests, then someone has to take them out”. – Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie is an Akron, Ohio native, like the Black Keys, but unlike them she experienced the infamous Viet Nam-era Kent State University killings of four unarmed innocent students by the National “Guard” on May 4, 1970 as she was a student there herself – she soon moved to London. After many attempts in the trenches with Punk/New Wave up and comers; her “Born to Rock” spirit and dream of life as a Rock Star was righteously realized with the release of this album.
Long Live Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders!