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[–]TurboAbe 17 points18 points  (13 children)

One of the bands I notice that many people know their songs, but are not familiar with the artist.

[–]DronedAgain 11 points12 points  (5 children)

They opened for someone my daughter was seeing, and I was impressed. She said, "I dunno. I don't know any of their songs." I said, "Sure you do. You grew up in my house."

She came back raving, "Wow! They were great! I did know most of their songs."

You can use this as proof at parties if you want.

BTW, Learning to Crawl is in that rare list of albums where every single song was good if not great.

[–]buzzy80 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Fantastic record

[–]DronedAgain 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Of its many great qualities (production, musicianship), the variety of the songs, their difference in sound and meaning, is an achievement unto itself.

[–]KikiCanuck 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Learning to Crawl has become an emblematic album for my family. It was released the year my Mom had me, and was basically the soundtrack to her changing her life after having a kid. She gave me her vinyl copy on my 33rd birthday when I was at a similar point in my life. I don't think there's anyone in our family that can't sing every word of this album. I have mixed feelings about some of their later work, but I will never not want to hear Learning to Crawl.

[–]DronedAgain 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I bet she still gets a misty look on her face when "Show Me" comes on.

[–]TurboAbe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Totally agree. No skips.

[–]GoHomeWithBonnieJean 10 points11 points  (4 children)

The Kinks are like that, too

[–]Starscream5000[S] 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Same with Kate Bush. A shit-ton of people don’t know that she did the original version of Running Up That Hill, and always associate that song with Placebo.

[–]GoHomeWithBonnieJean 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Damn, haven't listened to any Kate Bush in a while. Thanks, I'm gonna hafta go search her out.

[–]KikiCanuck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love Kate Bush, and I think her 2005 album "Aerial" (the single was, I think, "King of the Mountain") may be my favourite. My weird, weird favourite. Check it out for a more unusual entry point to her discography.

[–]TurboAbe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Totally. Whenever I used to put on music for my punk/ metal friends I would always slip a bunch of kinks songs in. They were so influential.

[–]Starscream5000[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ll Stand By You is a good example of this.

[–]5_on_the_floor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's funny how that works sometimes. They never had a smash hit super single (this is probably as close as they got), but it worked in their favor, IMO. They had a very solid and consistent run in the 80's, all their songs don't sound just alike, and they avoided overexposure.

[–]GoHomeWithBonnieJean 9 points10 points  (5 children)

I love Chrissie Hynde's vocals; her vibrato is hot.

Her song "In the Tradition of Love" is one of the sexiest pieces of music I've ever heard.

[–]ragnarok62 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I always thought her best vocals were on “Talk of the Town.” Any way you look at it, one of the top female vocalists in rock.

[–]Coachkfan1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What about this one. “Show me” https://youtu.be/XEV7FpT4Rv0

[–]Starscream5000[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

C’mon... That video you linked ain’t loading.... :(


[–]GoHomeWithBonnieJean 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oops! My ham-fisted typing: Here it is .

[–]phatBleezy 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I used to play bass for the pretenders

[–]SatchFan350 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Really? What years?

[–]phatBleezy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Before I became dean of SU

[–]DJ_Spam[M] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The Pretenders
artist pic

The Pretenders is an English-American rock band founded in Hereford, United Kingdom that came to prominence during the punk and new wave movement of the late 1970s due to their innovative songwriting and charismatic performances. Since then, the band has experienced drug-related losses and numerous subsequent personnel changes, with American-born group founder, songwriter, vocalist, and rhythm guitarist Chrissie Hynde as the only consistent member.

Formed in 1978 in London, the original band Hynde, lead and rhythm guitarist James Honeyman-Scott (died 1982), bassist Pete Farndon (died 1983), and drummer Martin Chambers. Save for Hynde, a native of Akron, Ohio, the original band members were all from the U.K. This band was fractured by the drug-related deaths of Honeyman-Scott and Farndon. Since then, numerous subsequent personnel changes have taken place over the years, with Hynde as the sole constant.

With Hynde at the helm, the band experienced a critical resurgence with a trio of albums released between the mid-90s and early 00s that explored a more mature side of the band’s classic sound.

In 2008, the Pretenders' album Break Up the Concrete was released through Shangri-La Music. It was the band's first Top 40 album in the US in 22 years.

In September 2012, as part of the entertainment line-up for the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix, the Pretenders re-grouped with Hynde and Chambers from the original line-up, along with Nick Wilkinson, James Walbourne and Eric Heywood. Read more on Last.fm.

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tags: rock, 80s, new wave, female vocalists, classic rock

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[–]CobraCornelius 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I couldn't even find this one on /r/tipofmytongue

[–]s977382 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Such a great song, upbeat tempo and melody but the lyrics are melancholy. Great arpeggios from the guitar an great vocals from Chrissie

[–]suexian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A top-notch song. The melody is beautiful. Lyrics are great.

[–]angry_slav_esq 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bran just keeps on aging

[–]mguidry1492 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Guitar Center used to play this song multiple times a day, fucking hate it

[–]Starscream5000[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love this song, but I really, really, really, really feel ya on this.

[–]yycsackbut 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Her autobiography “Reckless” is a bit scattered but still a very good read.

[–]slippedonapete 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just reddit a couple of months ago. Really learned a lot, and enjoyed it.