Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Pretenders

Today in Music History:

In 1985, At 12.01 Status Quo started the 'Live Aid' extravaganza, held between Wembley Stadium, London and The JFK Stadium, Philadelphia. TV pictures beamed to over 1.5 billion people in 160 countries made it the biggest live broadcast ever known.
The PretendersEvery once in a while some magazine comes out with a list of the top 500 rock songs of all time or maybe the 20 worst songs ever. Stuff like that. I could base some of my posts on a list, but they're just too subjective and no one list could ever be the right one. I can tell you this though, the best song ever recorded by The Pretenders was the first track off their January 1980 debut album. Precious. Towards the end of the song Chrissie Hynde sings, "TRAPPED IN A WORLD THAT THEY NEVER MADE"
BUT NOT ME BABY I'M TOO PRECIOUS I HAD TO FUCK OFF, and to this day it sends goosebumps down my spine whenever I hear it. Just like that, BAM! Chillbumps. The Pretenders is possibly the best debut album by any band ever. Sadly Chrissie and changing company never quite matched the intensity of their first album, and who could? Although Learning to Crawl was a lot more radio friendly and perhaps the best selling album it's still not half as good. The weakest song on their first album is Brass in Pocket, and it was the big hit from that record. Chrissie's "I ain't gonna take no shit from anybody" vocals were a breath of fresh air when the eighties dawned. After 2 albums bassist Pete Farndon was fired because of heroin use and then two days later guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died from a drug overdose. Hynde went into seclusion after Honeyman-Scott's death. A year later,in 1983, Farndon died of an overdose. While in seclusion Hynde had a baby with The Kinks' Ray Davies and then turned around and married Jim Kerr of Simple Minds in 1984. Whew, tough times.

Precious by The Pretenders


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