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The Pretenders - Back on the Chain Gang [Rock]

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

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.

Fantastic record

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

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.

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

Totally agree. No skips.

The Kinks are like that, too

Original Poster7 points · 6 months ago

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.

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

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.

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.

Original Poster3 points · 6 months ago

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

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.

10 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

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.

7 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

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.

Great stuff!

What about this one. “Show me”

Original Poster2 points · 6 months ago

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

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

I used to play bass for the pretenders

Really? What years?

Before I became dean of SU

Moderator of r/Music, speaking officially5 points · 6 months ago

The Pretenders
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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 889,356 listeners, 8,343,222 plays
tags: rock, 80s, new wave, female vocalists, classic rock

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

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

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

Bran just keeps on aging

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

Original Poster4 points · 6 months ago

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

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

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

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