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Pretenders
The Pretenders perform in Dubai, February 2007
The Pretenders perform in Dubai, February 2007
Background information
Origin Hereford, England, UK
Genre(s) Rock, New Wave, Punk rock
Years active 1978–Present
Label(s) Rhino
Sire
WEA
Members
Chrissie Hynde
Martin Chambers
Adam Seymour
Nick Wilkinson
Former members
James Honeyman-Scott
Pete Farndon
Robbie McIntosh
Malcolm Foster
T. M. Stevens
Blair Cunningham
Bernie Worrell
Johnny Marr
Andy Rourke
Andy Hobson

The Pretenders are an Anglo-American rock band. The original band consisted of group founder and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Pete Farndon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Martin Chambers (drums, backing vocals, percussion). The band was fractured by drug-related deaths and numerous subsequent personnel changes have taken place over the years, with Hynde as the sole constant member. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 496 pixelsFull resolution (1007 × 624 pixel, file size: 185 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Pretenders perform in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 9, 2007 I took this photo and release all rights, everywhere, to anybody, worldwide. ... For other uses, see Hereford (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre. ... New Wave was a music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Chrissie Hynde (born Christine Ellen Hynde, 7 September 1951, Akron, Ohio) is an American rock musician, best known as the leader of the band The Pretenders. ... Martin Chambers (born on 4 September 1951, in Hereford, England) is the drummer for the rock band, The Pretenders. ... James Honeyman-Scott (November 4, 1956 - June 16 1982) was a British rock guitarist who died of a drug overdose. ... Pete Farndon (June 12, 1952 - April 14, 1983) was an English bassist for the rock band, The Pretenders. ... Robbie McIntosh (born on 25 October 1957 in Sutton, Surrey) is a virtuoso English guitarist. ... T.M.Stevens is an American bass guitarist born in the 1950s. ... Bernie Worrell Bernie Worrell (born April 19, 1944) is originally from Long Beach, New Jersey but grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer. ... Andy Rourke (born 17 January 1964) is a bass guitarist and guitar player from Manchester, England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the genre. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Chrissie Hynde (born Christine Ellen Hynde, 7 September 1951, Akron, Ohio) is an American rock musician, best known as the leader of the band The Pretenders. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... James Honeyman-Scott (November 4, 1956 - June 16 1982) was a British rock guitarist who died of a drug overdose. ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... A backup vocalist or background singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Pete Farndon (June 12, 1952 - April 14, 1983) was an English bassist for the rock band, The Pretenders. ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... A backup vocalist or background singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. ... Martin Chambers (born on 4 September 1951, in Hereford, England) is the drummer for the rock band, The Pretenders. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... A backup vocalist or background singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. ... Percussion redirects here. ... Comparison of the perceived harm for various psychoactive drugs from a poll among medical psychiatrists specialized in addiction treatment[1] This article is an overview of the nontherapeutic use of alcohol and drugs of abuse. ...

Contents

History

Early years

Hynde was originally from Akron, Ohio, United States. She attended Firestone High School and then Kent State University at the time of the Kent State shootings in 1970. Hynde moved to London in 1973, dated the major English rock critic Nick Kent, and from there began writing for the weekly music paper, New Musical Express. After several years of false starts, including the bands Masters of the Backside and The Moors Murderers, she moved definitively from writing to performing. Nickname: The Rubber Capital of the World Location within the state of Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Summit Founded 1825 Incorporated 1835 (village) - 1865 (city) Government  - Mayor Don Plusquellic (D) Area  - City  62. ... Harvey S. Firestone High School is a public high school located on the northwest side of Akron, Ohio. ... For the events of May 4, 1970, see Kent State shootings Kent State University (also known as Kent, Kent State or KSU) is one of America’s largest university systems, the third largest university in Ohio after Ohio State University (57,748) and the University of Cincinnati (35,364), and... The Kent State shootings, also known as the May 4 massacre or Kent State massacre,[2][3][4] occurred at Kent State University in the city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of students by members of the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nick Kent (born December 24, 1951) is a British rock critic. ... The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a weekly magazine about popular music published in the UK. It is unlike many other popular music magazines due to its intended focus on guitar-based music and indie rock bands, instead of mainstream pop acts. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The Moors murders were committed in and around Greater Manchester in England from 1962 to 1965 by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. ...


The Pretenders formed during the tail end of the original British punk movement, in 1978. Hynde's eventual band comprised a set of acquaintances from Hereford, near the Welsh border — young players with a pop aesthetic who had missed out on the punk explosion of 1976, but were eager to catch up. Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... For other uses, see Hereford (disambiguation). ... This article is about the country. ...


Farndon (who was romantically linked with Hynde) was the first to join Hynde's band, following a medium-noteworthy run with the Bushwackers, an Australian folk-rock ensemble. Farndon then recruited guitarist Honeyman-Scott, at the time working in the guitar room at Buzz Music in Hereford. However, the Pretenders had no official drummer even as late as the recording session for their first single ("Stop Your Sobbing"), which featured drumming by session player Gerry Mackleduff. Finally, Honeyman-Scott recruited Chambers, who was at the time working as a driving instructor only a few blocks from where Hynde was living.


Original band (1978–1982)

Following their 1978 signing to Real Records on the basis of a demo of the song "The Phone Call", the band quickly rose to critical attention with the January 1979 single, "Stop Your Sobbing", written in 1964 by Ray Davies and produced by Nick Lowe. It was followed in quick succession that year by the popular singles "Kid" in June and "Brass in Pocket" in November — the last regarded as a somewhat tame and commercial song compared to the rest of the band's early output, which nonetheless cracked the American market for the band (reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100). Raymond Douglas Davies, CBE (born June 21, 1944 at Fortis Green, London) is an influential English rock musician, best known as lead singer-songwriter for The Kinks - one of the most influential, prolific and long-lived British Invasion bands - which he led with his younger brother, Dave. ... Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ... Brass In Pocket (Im Special) was a popular single by The Pretenders. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ...

The Pretenders (original line-up), Dominion Theatre, London, December 1981
The Pretenders (original line-up), Dominion Theatre, London, December 1981

The debut album Pretenders was released in January 1980, and was a great success in both the United Kingdom and the United States, both critically and with chart-topping sales. (Pretenders was subsequently named one of the best albums of all time by VH1 (#52) and Rolling Stone (#155).) The band played the entire album at the noted Heatwave festival in August 1980 near Toronto. Pretenders is an album by the the Pretenders, released on January 19, 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... This article is about the magazine. ... Heatwave promotional poster Heatwave was a rock festival August 23, 1980, outside of Toronto, Canada at Mosport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario. ...


That the Pretenders were led by a hard-rocking woman was no small factor in their early breakthrough. With her trademark dark bangs, dark eyeliner, and dark jeans, Hynde appealed to both genders. And due to, as the 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide would say, "her sheer authenticity as a three-dimensional woman whose sexuality is completely in sync with a superb rock sensibility," she was able to escape many of the clichéd roles of women in rock music. Bangs Bangs or fringe in hairstyling is the front part of the hair cut to hang or curl over a persons forehead. ... Cosmetics or makeup are substances to enhance the beauty of the human body, apart from simple cleaning. ... This article is about the type of clothing. ... The Rolling Stone Album Guide, previously known as the Rolling Stone Record Guide, is a book that along with its sister publication, the magazine Rolling Stone, is one of the best places to find definitive reviews of popular music (apart from wikipedia!). // First Edition Title: The Rolling Stone Record Guide...


Hynde's girl group-influenced vocals were also crucial to the band's success, although the early group was very much an ensemble, adept at playing interlocking musical parts, shifting mood and tempo on cue, and responding to subtle signals from one another. Their recordings were mostly performed live in the studio, with only lead guitar and vocal overdubs. Among the interesting features of the first two albums are casual shifts into odd time signatures, as in the alternating 7/8-4/4 time signature of "Tattooed Love Boys." Another major element of the band's early success was producer Chris Thomas (famed, with engineer Bill Price, for the sound achieved on the Sex Pistols' album, Never Mind the Bollocks). Fans familiar with the band's U.S. chart singles are often unaware of how loud and aggressive the early Pretenders could be, and how loose and experimental some of their early recordings were. The Supremes A Go-Go (1966) was the first album by a female group to reach the top position of the Billboard magazine pop albums chart in the United States. ... Chris Thomas is a respected British record producer who was born on January 13, 1947. ... Bill Price is a producer and engineer famed for his work with The Clash and The Sex Pistols. ... Sex Pistols are an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... Never Mind the Bollocks is an album by the British punk rock band the Sex Pistols. ...


In March 1981 the EP Extended Play was released, a holding action containing the UK and U.S. hits "Message of Love" and "Talk of the Town" and a live version of "Precious," recorded in Central Park. // Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single but are too short to qualify as albums. ... EfP by new wave legends The Pretenders, released in 1980. ... Central Park is a large public, urban park (843 acres, 3. ...


The second full-length album, Pretenders II, was released in August, 1981. Most critics at the time called it disappointing, although it is now generally considered a great album. Pretenders II is more spread-out than the debut, and included the Extended Play hit singles, the MTV video hit, "Day After Day," and popular album-radio tracks "The Adultress," "Birds of Paradise," and "The English Roses." According to Hynde from the Songwriters Circle, "Talk of the Town" is a song about a fan who just hung around during the sound checks and never said a word. Chrissie never initiated any conversation, but thought about him later in the tour. Pretenders II is the second album by the band Pretenders. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Album Oriented Rock, abbreviated AOR, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock music artists rather than singles releases. ...


At this early peak of the band's success and potential, Hynde kicked ex-lover Pete Farndon out of the group for ongoing drug problems. Two days later, 16 June 1982, Honeyman Scott was dead of a cocaine overdose. While the band tried to regroup in the following year, Farndon overdosed on heroin and died on 14 April 1983. Honeyman Scott is now regarded as an important rock guitarist, while Farndon is widely-admired as a rock bassist. is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ...


Pretenders carry on (1983–1987)

Hynde subsequently decided to continue with the band. In July of 1983, a caretaker line-up of Hynde, Chambers, Rockpile guitarist Billy Bremner and Big Country bassist Tony Butler, was assembled to record a comeback single, the death-haunted "Back on the Chain Gang." The song was released in October and marked a new level of musical sophistication for the band. The single's flip-side, "My City Was Gone," in which Hynde expressed dismay at industrial pollution and rampant commercial development in her home state, was equally strong though; it's now perhaps best known as the theme music of The Rush Limbaugh Show. Rockpile was a British rock group noted for strong rockabilly and power pop influences. ... Billy Bremner is best known for his work as guitar player of Rockpile which played on the bulk of Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds albums throughout the mid 70s. ... For other uses, see Big Country (disambiguation). ... Tony Butler (born Anthony Earle Peter Butler, on February 13, 1957, in Shepherds Bush, London, England), is a rock bass player, best known for his lengthy work with the Scottish rock band, Big Country. ... Back on the Chain Gang is a song by The Pretenders from their third studio album Learning to Crawl (1984). ... My City Was Gone is a song by the rock group The Pretenders. ... The Rush Limbaugh Show is an American radio program broadcast live Monday through Friday. ...


Hynde then reformed The Pretenders, keeping Chambers and adding professional musicians Robbie McIntosh on guitar and Malcolm Foster on bass. The band's first album with this lineup, Learning to Crawl, was released to respectful critical acclaim in January 1984. Robbie McIntosh (born on 25 October 1957 in Sutton, Surrey) is a virtuoso English guitarist. ...


"Middle of the Road" was this lineup's first single, released in December, 1983. Recapturing some of the group's earlier hard-edged sound, the song dealt with, among other things, Hynde's new motherhood (Hynde had a daughter with Ray Davies in January 1983), the pressures of stardom, and the indifference of wealthy nations to the plight of the world's poor. The flip-side, "2000 Miles", was a melancholy Christmas song that was especially popular in the UK. The rest of the album alternated between angry rockers ("Time the Avenger") and hopeful ballads ("Show Me") and included an effective cover of The Persuaders' "Thin Line Between Love and Hate." The subsequent tour (with an added keyboard player) successfully showcased a tight band centered around Martin Chambers's forceful drumming. The 1985 Live Aid charity concert was the last gig for this lineup. This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Raymond Douglas Davies, CBE (born June 21, 1944 at Fortis Green, London) is an influential English rock musician, best known as lead singer-songwriter for The Kinks - one of the most influential, prolific and long-lived British Invasion bands - which he led with his younger brother, Dave. ... The Persuaders are a soul band, with some fame in the 1970s, known for their hit song Thin Line Between Love and Hate. The Persuaders sound involved close harmony and a syrupy, heavily orchestrated rhythm and blues, the trademark of the Poindexter Brothers. ... Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ...


Shortly after recording sessions for the next album began and one track had been completed, Hynde declared that Chambers was no longer playing well and dismissed him — allegedly by booking new recording time without telling Chambers about it. Foster was also let go, and after an appropriate interval, the newly-revised Pretenders lineup was officially announced as Hynde, McIntosh, bassist T.M. Stevens, and drummer Blair Cunningham. In reality, though, the Get Close album was largely the work of Hynde, McIntosh, and a bevy of session musicians.


Get Close was released in 1986; the disc included the singles "Don't Get Me Wrong" (helped by a popular video homage to the television series The Avengers) and "Hymn to Her" (a #8 hit in the UK). The song "Where Has Everybody Gone?" was later released on the soundtrack of the Bond film The Living Daylights, and was used instrumentally by John Barry in several fight scenes. The Avengers is a British 1960s television series featuring secret agents in a fantasy 1960s Britain. ... Where Has Everybody Gone? is one of two songs by The Pretenders, recorded for the James Bond film The Living Daylights in 1987, the other being If There Was A Man. Neither made any impact on the UK Singles Chart or the music charts in the USA. Both songs are... For other uses, see The Living Daylights (disambiguation). ... John Barry, OBE (born John Barry Prendergast on 3 November 1933 in York, England) is a renowned Golden Globe and five-time Academy Award-winning English film score composer. ...


The lineup for the Get Close tour was then expanded to include keyboardist Bernie Worrell, but this incarnation of the band went through many difficulties. Two players were fired, McIntosh eventually quit, and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr joined for a final brief period in 1987. By this time, it was evident that the Pretenders were a band in name only, the name merely serving as a vehicle for Chrissie Hynde. Bernie Worrell Bernie Worrell (born April 19, 1944) is originally from Long Beach, New Jersey but grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey. ... The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer. ...


Pretenders resume (1990–present)

There was a hiatus in musical activity for Hynde until 1990, when Hynde hired still more session players (including one-time Pretenders Billy Bremner and Blair Cunningham) and released Packed! to a generally dismal reception. The closest thing to a hit from the album was "Sense of Purpose."


By 1993, Hynde had teamed up with ex-Katydids guitarist Adam Seymour to form the latest version of the Pretenders. The team of Hynde and Seymour then went through a number of session musicians to record Last of the Independents that year, including ex-Smiths bassist Andy Rourke. But by the end of the album sessions (and for the subsequent tour) the official band line-up was Hynde, Seymour, bassist Andy Hobson, and returning drummer Martin Chambers. This line-up would endure (perhaps surprisingly) for well over a decade with no changes, although Hobson would often be replaced with session bassists on many of the band's studio recordings. Katydids was founded by vocalist Susie Hug and guitarist Adam Seymour, adding Dan James on guitar, David Hunter on bass, and Shane Young on drums in the late 1980s. ... Last of the Independents was the sixth album by rock group The Pretenders, released in 1994. ... Andy Rourke (born 17 January 1964) is a bass guitarist and guitar player from Manchester, England. ... Martin Chambers (born on 4 September 1951, in Hereford, England) is the drummer for the rock band, The Pretenders. ...


When Last of the Independents was released in 1994, it met with reasonable overall commercial success. It was also critically well-received in many circles, and the album's centrepiece ballad "I'll Stand by You" received substantial airplay. Hynde (perhaps seeking hit material) wrote a good portion of the album with the hitmaking team of Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. These songwriting partnerships resulted in a minor controversy, as Hynde typically had not collaborated with "hit-makers" in the past. She succinctly pointed out that they were all good songwriters, writing good songs, end of story. Ill Stand by You is a 1994 song recorded by The Pretenders from their sixth studio album, Last of the Independents. ... Billy Steinberg is an American songwriter. ... Billy Steinberg is an American songwriter. ...


Subsequently, the band toured in small venues around the U.S., sometimes including a string quartet, with Hynde wistfully noting that a certain violin part "was a fine transcription of James Honeyman-Scott's guitar solo." Some of these arrangements are preserved on the 1995 The Isle of View live album and DVD, made at London's Jacob Street Studios, which sometimes revealed an approach perhaps more sophisticated and subtle than was shown by the original albums. The resident string quartet of the Library of Congress in 1963 A string quartet is a musical ensemble of four string instruments—usually two violins, a viola and cello—or a piece written to be performed by such a group. ... Live album by rock legends The Pretenders, released in 1995. ...


Over time, Hynde had become increasingly focused on political activism, vocally supporting the environmental movement and vegetarianism, and her social and political views were woven into more than one of the band's successful releases. The environmental movement (a term that sometimes includes the conservation and green movements) is a diverse scientific, social, and political movement. ... For animals adapted to eat primarily plants, sometimes referred to as vegetarian animals, see Herbivore. ...


In June 1989 at a Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors conference in London, when asked what she had done to save the environment, Hynde replied, "I firebombed McDonald's." The next day, a McDonald's restaurant in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was actually firebombed. Though no one was hurt in the attack, McDonald's threatened legal action against Hynde, who subsequently agreed in writing not to make inflammatory statements in public against the hamburger chain.[citation needed] Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Greenpeace protest against Esso / Exxon Mobil. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... , Milton Keynes ( ; IPA ) is a large town in South East England, about 45 miles (75 km) north-west of London. ...


Later performances at the 1999 edition of Lilith Fair were high-energy and inspiring, featuring clashes between the resolutely un-PC Hynde and festival organizers. While sometimes strident, Hynde has also delighted in confounding others' expectations, once flippantly saying she is no feminist icon and in fact "is just like any chick who likes to talk about makeup in the girls' room." Lilith Fair was a concert tour and traveling music festival, founded by musician Sarah McLachlan, that featured female musicians; it ran from 1997 to 1999. ... Political correctness is the alteration of language to redress real or alleged injustices and discrimination or to avoid offense. ...


Viva el Amor was released in 1999, as was their collaboration with Tom Jones on the album Reload. The Pretenders joined with Emmylou Harris on Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons, performing the song "She." A Greatest Hits compilation followed in 2000. In 2002 Loose Screw came out on Artemis Records to only modest commercial success. It was the first Pretenders record to be released by a company other than WEA. Rolling Stone noted its "refinement, stylish melodies and vocal fireworks," while Blender called it "slick, snarky pop with flashes of brilliance." Viva El Amor (1999) is a music album by [[The Pretenders]]. The albums cover photograph of lead singer [[Chrissie Hynde]] was taken by the late [[Linda McCartney]], a close friend of Hynde. ... For other uses, see Tom Jones (disambiguation). ... Reload is the title of an album, released in 1999 by Welsh singer Tom Jones. ... Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947, Birmingham, Alabama) is a country, folk, alternative rock, and alternative country musician. ...


In March of 2005, the Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Only Hynde and Chambers attended the ceremony. In her acceptance speech, Hynde named and thanked all the replacement members of the group, then said: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ...

"I know that the Pretenders have looked like a tribute band for the last 20 years. ... And we’re paying tribute to James Honeyman Scott and Pete Farndon, without whom we wouldn’t be here. And on the other hand, without us, they might have been here, but that’s the way it works in rock 'n' roll." [1]

After their Hall of Fame induction, The Pretenders continued touring as a four-piece unit (Hynde, Seymour, Hobson and Chambers). In 2006, bassist Hobson was replaced by Nick Wilkinson, marking the band's first line-up change in 13 years.


Band members

1978-1982
1982
  • Chrissie Hynde - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • James Honeyman Scott - lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
  • Martin Chambers - drums, backing vocals, percussion
1982
  • Chrissie Hynde - lead vocals, guitar
  • Martin Chambers - drums, backing vocals, percussion
1982-1985
  • Chrissie Hynde - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Robbie McIntosh - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Malcolm Foster - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Martin Chambers - drums, backing vocals, percussion
1985
  • Chrissie Hynde - vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Robbie McIntosh - lead guitar
  • Malcolm Foster - bass guitar
  • Blair Cunningham - drums
1985-1986
  • Chrissie Hynde - vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Robbie McIntosh - lead guitar
  • T. M. Stevens - bass guitar
  • Blair Cunningham - drums, percussion
1986
  • Chrissie Hynde - vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Robbie McIntosh - lead guitar
  • T. M. Stevens - bass guitar
  • Bernie Worrell - keyboards
  • Blair Cunningham - drums
1986-1987
  • Chrissie Hynde - vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Robbie McIntosh - lead guitar
  • Malcolm Foster - bass guitar
  • Blair Cunningham - drums
1987
  • Chrissie Hynde - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Johnny Marr - lead guitar
  • Malcolm Foster - bass guitar
  • Blair Cunningham - drums, backing vocals
1987-1990

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1990-1993
  • Chrissie Hynde - vocals, guitar
1993
  • Chrissie Hynde - vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Adam Seymour - lead guitar
1993
  • Chrissie Hynde - vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Adam Seymour - lead guitar
  • Andy Rourke - bass guitar
1993-2006
  • Chrissie Hynde - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
  • Adam Seymour - lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
  • Andy Hobson - bass guitar
  • Martin Chambers - drums, backing vocals, percussion
2006-present
  • Chrissie Hynde - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
  • Adam Seymour - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Nick Wilkinson - bass guitar
  • Martin Chambers - drums, backing vocals, percussion

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Discography

Albums

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Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. Modern Rock U.S. Mainstream Rock UK
1979 "Stop Your Sobbing" 65 - - 34 Pretenders
1979 "Kid" - - - 33 Pretenders
1980 "Brass in Pocket" 14 - - 1 Pretenders
1980 "Talk of the Town" - - - 8 Extended Play; Pretenders II
1981 "Message of Love" - - 5 11 Extended Play; Pretenders II
1981 "Day After Day" - - - 45 Pretenders II
1981 "The Adultress" - - 12 - Pretenders II
1981 "I Go to Sleep" - - - 7 Pretenders II
1983 "Back on the Chain Gang" 5 - 4 17 Learning to Crawl
1983 "My City Was Gone" - - 11 - Learning to Crawl
1983 "2000 Miles" - - - 15 Learning to Crawl
1983 "Middle of the Road" 19 - 8 81 Learning to Crawl
1984 "Show Me" 28 - 13 - Learning to Crawl
1984 "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" 83 - - 49 Learning to Crawl
1986 "Don't Get Me Wrong" 10 - 1 10 Get Close
1986 "Hymn to Her" - - - 8 Get Close
1987 "My Baby" 64 - 1 84 Get Close
1987 "Room Full of Mirrors" - - 28 - Get Close
1987 "Where Has Everybody Gone?" - - 26 - The Living Daylights (soundtrack)
1987 "If There Was a Man" - - - 49 The Living Daylights (soundtrack)
1988 "Windows of the World" - 21 - - -
1990 "Never Do That" - 4 5 81 Packed!
1990 "Hold a Candle to This" - 18 - - Packed!
1990 "Sense of Purpose" - 23 - - Packed!
1994 "Night in My Veins" 71 2 13 25 Last of the Independents
1994 "I'll Stand by You" 16 21 7 10 Last of the Independents
1994 "977" - - - 66 Last of the Independents
1994 "Kid" (re-recording) - - - 73 -
1999 "Human" - - - 33 Viva El Amor

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References

  1. ^ Pretenders Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young thrasherswheat.org Retrieved 3 November 2006
  1. The 1987 "If There Was a Man" UK Release is accredited to The Pretenders for 007
  2. The Pretenders also appear on the Official UK Singles Charts for their appearance on the 1997 Fever Pitch EP for which their song "Going Back" is listed. The EP charted at number 65 for one week on 10 May 1997.

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