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 James Honeyman-Scott created a sonic palette filled with suspended chords, effects pedals, and syncopated rhythms that proved remarkably influential over the next two decades. After Honeyman-Scott's death, the Pretenders became a more straightforward rock band, yet Hynde's semi-autobiographical songwriting and bracing determination meant that the group never became just another rock band, even when their music became smoother and more pop-oriented.

More Pretenders


Recently Played

  1. 8/8/2014 5:48:01 AMBrass In Pocket
  2. 7/28/2014 2:38:21 PMStop Your Sobbing
  3. 7/25/2014 2:41:35 PMMiddle of the Road
  4. 7/15/2014 12:14:17 PMBack On the Chain Gang
  5. 7/11/2014 1:40:29 AMMy City Was Gone
  6. 7/10/2014 1:40:01 PMMiddle of the Road
  7. 7/7/2014 12:42:50 PMMy City Was Gone
  8. 6/29/2014 10:47:54 AMBrass In Pocket