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Year of Release: 1979
The Phone Call
Up The Neck
Tattooed Love Boys
Stop Your Sobbing
Brass In Pocket
Lovers Of Today
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The Pretenders' debut release Pretenders also debuts this band on WSVNRadio.net. At the height of
Punk Rock in the late 1970s, The Pretenders, along with Chrissie Hynde, broke onto the scene with vegenance, as
many were surprised that such a Punk/Rock band would be lead by a female singer. Her voice was unique, (likewise her
looks). The band's sound was prestigeous. The Pretenders was, and still is, one of the best bands to emerge from
both the Punk and Rock scenes.
"Precious" is a song a vaugely remembering hearing on the radio with moderate airplay. "The Phone Call"
and "Up The Neck" are album tracks that I don't remember, yet they show Hynde's distinctive voice. 3 songs have
passed, and is this album considered a Rock album or Punk?
"Tattooed Love Boys" is another song I remembering hearing on the radio, as this song definitely has the
late '70s Punk style. "Space Invade" is a cool, Punkish instrumental. It's good for an opening theme song.
"The Wait" is one of my favorite tracks from this album. Full of energy, both musically and vocally.
"Stop Your Sobbing" is another radio favorite, as it was a remake, originally recorded by The Kinks.
"Kid" is another good album track, as the guitar part sounds like an old '60s tune, that I just can't seem
to name. "Private Life" has a slight reggae feel, and it's another song that I vaguely remember hearing played
on the radio.
But the biggest hit from the Pretenders' debut was "Brass In Pocket." It hit big on all the radio stations,
and even on MTV. "Lovers Of Today" is another impressive album track, and the closing song, "Mystery
Achievemnt," is another favorite of mine, that never gets tiring.
So, is the debut Pretenders album Rock or Punk? It's both, but for some, it probably points towards the
Punk side, as it easily fits the other late 1970s Punk bands that emerged onto the scene. Chrissie Hynde's voice
has always stood out, proving herself as one of the best female lead vocalists in Rock. They've recorded great songs
after their debut, and they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Pretenders is an
excellent album and debut, and they've kept their excellent status as a band for the past 30 years.
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