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There's something about The Pretenders

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Stanford Guitar, Mar 1, 2021.

  1. Stanford Guitar

    Stanford Guitar Tele-Afflicted

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    Their sound is infectious. And Chrissie Hynde is just bad ass.

     
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    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yep. Came to them later but good stuff. Read a good book about them. I think one of the key ingredients was the guitar player that died after their peak. He was a major portion of the song's music, she very much the lyrics IIRC.
    Their unplugged album is good too.
    She was really into the punk music thing, then unexpectantly ended up doing this music, probably again.. that guitarist.. James Honeyman Scott died in 1982 at the age of 25!
     
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    Great songs, great band!
    Smart guitar players, rock solid drumming.
    They've always been great.
    Chrissie Rules!
     
  4. Stanford Guitar

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    Who writes better lyrics than this?!!

    The middle of the road is no private cul-de-sac
    I can't get from the cab to the curb
    Without some little jerk on my back
    Don't harass me, can't you tell
    I'm going home, I'm tired as hell
    I'm not the cat I used to be
    I got a kid, I'm thirty-three
    Baby, get in the road
    Come on now
    In the middle of the road
    Yeah
     
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    Never thought about it until seeing that video, but am now claiming this as British! Not that it matters, just always had assumed that they were a U.S. band.
     
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    My band does this song. Great longer piece of composure.



    Saw them about 5 years ago - awesome live. Chrissy Hynde. Sling a Tele, sing and hipkick in painted on jeans and 4" spike heels...
     
  7. Stanford Guitar

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    Chrissie Hynde was born and raised in Ohio.
     
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    I loved their original lineup; their debut album was an absolutely monster. I'm not as crazy about the post-James Honeyman-Scott years, but I'm glad that Chrissie is still out there writing and performing. I'd love to see them in concert when the current unpleasantness has resolved itself.
     
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    Wore out their first album, bought it on cassette & played the ting to death. Ended up buying another copy on vinyl made cassette copies of it to play in the car.

     
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    I know. Well, not necessarily Ohio, but New York or someplace your side. But after seeing the video and wondering why it was filmed in London, I looked them up and they're (arguably) a UK band.
     
  11. Stanford Guitar

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    Definitely some cross pollination!
     
  12. Stanford Guitar

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    Night In My Veins is one of their better songs in my opinion, but I do get your point.

     
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    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Not many bands can survive the death of two members. Is there something romantic about drug induced death? Nothing but sadness. The first time I heard them was "Middle of the Road", so I missed the early UK thing.

    But Hynde and Chambers got back on their feet. Maybe I'm not punk enough, but the two telecaster band with Robbie McIntire was pretty freakin' cool and then Hynde pulls out a harmonica.

     
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    I love this one and the delay on the snare is so dope!
     
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    Definitely. Been reading up her history on wikipedia and she must have known everyone in London that was in a band at that time. Can't help but think it was inevitable that she was going to make it somehow.
     
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    Check out her biography Reckless. It is mind bending.
     
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    Is that a double entendre?
     
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    You beat me to it!

    This track has tasty guitar & bass from Billy Bremner (Rockpile) and Tony Butler (Big Country) respectively.

    After the loss of James Honeyman-Scott & Pete Farndon, they bounced back pretty well. Robbie McIntosh was a great player, and fitted in well with Chrissie's style.
     
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    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I was lucky enough to see the original lineup. James Honeyman-Scott was the Real Deal. He was just getting up to speed when he died.

    - D
     
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