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The Pretenders’ 1980 debut is a remarkable balancing act of punk-inspired rock ’n’ roll and raw emotional power and sincerity. On jacked-up pop songs like “Precious” and “Tattooed Love Boys,” frontwoman/songwriter Chrissie Hynde howls sassy imperatives about love, innocence, and sex like no one before her. Then her gutsy songcraft shows an empathetic and tender side, as songs like “Kid” and “Brass in Pocket” soothe with lyrical sweetness and guitar-pop luster. And the band’s take on the classic Kinks weeper “Stop Your Sobbing” could stop your heart.

Customer Reviews

The best album ever!!!

This is a rockin' album. I too have played the heck out of my vinyl. I have it on cd and it was one of the first ones I downloaded on my iPod. Different styles throughout from Brass in Pocket to a techno Space Invader, to the hard rockin Mystery Achievement and TATTOOED LOVE BOYS ( best song ever!!!). Start from the beginning and listen to it all the way through, LOUD. Then hit REPEAT!

Still a classic

I was a sophomore in high school in 1980 when I first heard Brass In Pocket and I thought "Wow, this chick rocks!". When your debut album is this good, you've set the bar impossibly too high for yourself. I still have my worn out vinyl that I will always cherish. I can tell my daughter this is what REAL rock music sounded like. Today's rockers can only dream of sounding as good as Chrissie Hynde. She is a true original. For anyone under 25, download this NOW and compare it to what you're listening to to now.

Interactive booklet is a joke

The album is great, but what is the deal with the interactive booklet? Stupid. Mine opens, cuts off any song I had playing and then runs for 5 seconds with a black screen or have anything interactive at all. Weak!


Formed: 1978 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the years, the Pretenders became a vehicle for guitarist/vocalist Chrissie Hynde's songwriting, yet it was a full-fledged band when it was formed in the late '70s. With their initial records, the group crossed the bridge between punk/new wave and Top 40 pop more than any other band, recording a series of hard, spiky singles that were also melodic and immediately accessible. Hynde was an invigorating, sexy singer who bent the traditional male roles of rock & roll to her own liking, while guitarist...
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