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The Pretenders

Led by the charismatic Chrissie Hynde, driven by the hard drums of Martin Chambers, the Pretenders have been one of the most innovativebands. Their first album was a knocking mix between hard rock, punk attitude and pop hooks. Ranging from cute love songs to hard rockingangst songs to ballads, they proved that genres were meant to be mixed. The very success of Pretenders was the sexy, provoking yethumorous tone in Hynde voice and lyrics. In 1980 fans and critics alike were in favour of the talent of Chambers on drums, Farndon the bass,Honeyman-Scott on guitar and Hynde as the vo ...read more

Led by the charismatic Chrissie Hynde, driven by the hard drums of Martin Chambers, the Pretenders have been one of the most innovativebands. Their first album was a knocking mix between hard rock, punk attitude and pop hooks. Ranging from cute love songs to hard rockingangst songs to ballads, they proved that genres were meant to be mixed. The very success of Pretenders was the sexy, provoking yethumorous tone in Hynde voice and lyrics. In 1980 fans and critics alike were in favour of the talent of Chambers on drums, Farndon the bass,Honeyman-Scott on guitar and Hynde as the vocalist. The album did well on the charts, especially in the U.K. Their second album Pretenders II came in 1981 with more negative reviews after the immediate and blowing success of their first. Butwith time this album has gained great reviews and is now considered to be one of the best Pretenders albums. 1982 was a very painful yearfor the band. After Chrissie kicked out bassist and ex-husband Pete Farndon for his drug-related problems, band member James Honeyman-Scott was found dead, related to drug abuse, some days later. While pregnant, Chrissie Hynde took months off. Hynde gave birth to her childbut within months Pete Farndon was also found dead from an overdose. Hynde and Chambers regrouped The Pretenders in 1984 to begin a new phase. New bassist Malcolm Foster and Manfred Mann's Earth Band'sguitarist Robbie McIntosh joined in to record the 1984 album Learning To Crawl, an emotive lyrically charged album for Hynde. Withmellow country-like song "Back on The Chain Gang" or nostalgic Christmas song "2000 Miles", she talks about the tragic loss of her two bandmates. The album was a big success with songs like "Middle of the Road" and "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" as well as the twoaforementioned songs. Between then and 1986, the only appearance of The Pretenders was the Live Aid show. Regrouping yet another session of musicians withRobbie McIntosh from the Learning to Crawl session, she began the project of a new album called Get Close. This album movedthe band to more of a pop sound with a bit of soul on the side. The album contains a magic interpretation of Hendrix's "Room Full of Mirrors"as well as a mellow ballad called "Hymn to Her". The first single "Don’t Get Me Wrong" ignited the top 40 in 1986 with a catchy hook and avideo made as an homage to The Avengers, a British TV series. After some 4 years of absence, Chrissie and the band returned with their fifth album Packed. It Failed to chart whatsoever. The next 4years were to be as bland as the last one for the band, before they returned with new musicians. Bursting in 1994 with one of their greatest songs called "I'll Stand By You", the Pretenders returned to the top 40. They also released a"comeback" album, hailed at the time as a return to the roots that made them popular. The album was a mix of rocking ballads andsentimental songs driven by the powerful voice of Hynde, who was back in top form. Hynde also recorded some of the most beautiful songsshe composed over the last 15 years in the album The Isle of View, a live acoustic album. Since then, the Pretenders hasn’t been very present, releasing Viva El Amor in 1999 to very little attention, despite the quality of thesong. The last studio album they recorded on Artemis indie label in 2002, Loose Screw, was followed by a great tour in 2003. In 2006 Pirate Radio was been released, a four disc box set of greatest hits with lots of rare material, demos, live versions and songscuts. The band has since released two more studio albums, Break Up the Concrete in 2008 and Alone in 2016. « hide

Similar Bands: The Smiths, Chrissie Hynde, Blondie, The Primitives, Joan Jett

LPs
Alone
2016

3.3
6 Votes
Break Up The Concrete
2008

3.5
7 Votes
Loose Screw
2002

3.1
6 Votes
Viva el Amor
1999

2.4
7 Votes
Last Of The Independents
1994

3.5
17 Votes
Packed!
1990

2.2
10 Votes
Get Close
1986

2.9
20 Votes
Learning To Crawl
1984

3.9
46 Votes
Pretenders II
1981

4.2
35 Votes
Pretenders
1980

4.1
95 Votes
EPs
Extended Play
1981

4.5
1 Votes
Live Albums
The Isle Of View
1995

3.4
4 Votes
Compilations
The Singles
1987

3.6
16 Votes

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