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Learning to Crawl (Expanded & Remastered)

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After losing guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon to drug-related deaths, a sobered Pretenders returned to the spotlight with Learning to Crawl. Chrissie Hynde turned her distinctive contralto to sentimental songs, both romantic and reflective, that retained her trademark, clear-eyed bravado. Poignant singles like the shimmering love song "Show Me" and the rueful "Back on the Chain Gang" meshed perfectly with attitude-driven rockers "Middle of the Road" and "My City Was Gone."

Customer Reviews

Great Album!

Buy the whole album for a great repeated listening experience, not for single hit pop song. Though there are plenty of great tunes - all really - My City Was Gone is one of my favorites. However, I have always listened to it in context of the whole album. This is one of those albums that bring back memories and associations of the times. I love it! I venture to say that the current instant gratification youth of today may have a hard time listening and appeciating a "whole album." Those of you that do, the words are smart, voice authentic, and semi-polished, minimalist sounds.

great album

now i like this album for back on the chain gang but in response to JD ... I agree with you on some of that but i am a young person who really has a bad taste in music (To most people) because i listen to pretenders, los horoscopos de durango, duelo, selena, kumbia kings, country, and stand up... and im 13. so i am criticized for what i like but it is really the current music i cant stand what with all the lip syncing and lights and drugs. because everything above is pretty much all thats left even though i may be missing some good people. but sorry for taking up your time have a nice day

What I'll be missing

Headed over to the "Desert" here in a week, and I wont be able to listen to Rush as often as I least I can take his theme song with me...hehe


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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