Pretenders - Pretenders II

Vendor: Demon Records
Released: 1981


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. 


    1.    "The Adultress" – 3:55
    2.    "Bad Boys Get Spanked" – 4:04
    3.    "Message of Love" – 3:26
    4.    "I Go to Sleep" – 2:55
    5.    "Birds of Paradise" – 4:14
    6.    "Talk of the Town" – 2:45
    7.    "Pack It Up" – 3:50
    8.    "Waste Not Want Not" – 3:43
    9.    "Day After Day" – 3:45
    10.    "Jealous Dogs" – 5:36
    11.    "The English Roses" – 4:28
    12.    "Louie Louie" – 3:30

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