Review #152: Pretenders, The Pretenders

Karla Clifton
2 min readAug 14, 2021

#152: Pretenders, The Pretenders

I saw the Pretenders when they opened for Stevie Nicks in 2016. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they were better than Stevie, but — wait, actually, yes I would. Chrissie Hynde is the baddest bitch ever.

According to the RS blurb, she spent some time “knocking around” Ohio and England, “hanging out with the Sex Pistols.” That’s true but what they neglect to mention is that Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten both offered to marry her so that she could STAY in England! Also, she tried to start a band with Mick Jones of The Clash.

Is that not the wildest thing you’ve ever heard? Doesn’t it make you want to buy Pretenders tickets right now? Too bad Stevie just canceled her tour


“Precious” — I wish I was Chrissie Hynde.

“Tattooed Love Boy” — Mostly I just love this song title.

“Space Invader” — Just a trippy, awesome guitar solo.

“The Wait” —Was surprised to find that I knew this one! I love Eighties guitar bands more than anything.

“Stop Your Sobbing” Gotta stop sobbing oh-oh! Her voice is so guttural.

“Brass in Pocket” — I LOVE this song, and so does everyone else, but Chrissie Hynde says she’s embarrassed by it! I guess she just didn’t like her voice. I can relate, but girl, you sound great.

“Mystery Achievement” —Love the bass part.


“Up the Neck” — I don’t want to hate on any songs on this album, but a lot of these New Wave-era bands walk the fine line between “punk” and “annoying” for me.

“Kid” — Eh.

“Lovers of Today” — Boring.


No, but listening to the Pretenders always makes me think of that one Foo Fighters song. What if I say I’m not like the others?!

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