Album spotlight of the week – The Pretenders


I was listening to the other day when I heard “Mystery Achievement” by the Pretenders and was reminded of what a great album that one is.

“The Pretenders”, their debut album, was released in 1980 and became an instant smash with the song “Brass in Pocket” climbing the charts.

The thing I always loved about this album is the breadth and variety of songs. Especially for a debut album.  The aforementioned “Brass in Pocket” was probably the most pop oriented song on the album, but not necessarily the best.

The album boasts a number of punk sounding songs, “Tatooed Love Boys” (has one of my all-time favorite lyrics when Chrissie Hynde sings, “I shot my mouth off and you showed me what that hole was for…) and “Precious” being the two notables, but also delves into a bit of Reggae, “Lovers of Today”, a bit of schmaltzy love balladeering, “Kid”, and a Ray Davies penned song “Stop Your Sobbing”.

But the hidden classic on the album in my humble opinion is “The Wait”.  Try not playing air guitar to this one. You just can’t.

Anyway, we’ve got some You Tube links to these songs on our website.  Just click on the highlighted songs and it’ll take you to our client resource page where you can take a listen for yourself.  I think you’ll enjoy this one.


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