by PretendersPretenders


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"I've got to have some of your attention," Chrissie Hynde commanded on "Brass in Pocket" from The Pretenders; "Give it to me!" And the world obeyed. Hynde, an Ohioan transplanted to London, staged her own British invasion in l980. A smart rock journalist turned singer, she launched her band and her career with a jangly rendition of a lesser-known Kinks song, "Stop Your Sobbing," that featured perfect, girl-group-style vocals. The album that followed seamlessly blended classic British sounds of the '60s with a tough, punk-inspired approach that was absolutely modern. The band -- James Honeyman Scott on guitar, Pete Farndon on bass, Martin Chambers on drums -- was a no-nonsense, hard-rocking combo every bit as bold as the headline-grabbing Hynde. As a vocalist, Hynde was utterly compelling from the start, approaching her work with a sophistication foreign to most newcomers. The Pretenders is stacked with tracks that have since become rock-radio standards: "Tatooed Love Boys," "Kid," "Private Life," "Brass in Pocket," and the always thrilling "Mystery Achievement." It remains a powerful document of a short-lived but white-hot band that helped launch the '80s.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0075992743020
catalogNumber: 927430

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pretenders   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Henry Lowther   Trumpet
Geoff Bryant   Horn
Martin Chambers   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Pete Farndon   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
James Honeyman-Scott   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Chrissie Hynde   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Mercer   Saxophone
Chris Thomas   Keyboards
Jim Wilson   Trumpet
Chris E. Thomas   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Chris Thomas   Producer
Pete Farndon   Composer
James Honeyman-Scott   Composer
Chrissie Hynde   Composer
Nick Lowe   Producer
Steve Nye   Engineer
Bill Price   Engineer
Chris Thomas   Producer
Bob Wynne   Repackaging
Chalkie Davies   Cover Photo
Kevin Hughes   Cover Design
Chris E. Thomas   Producer

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