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Tuesday 6/29/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: The Pretenders Top 30 Hits

The Pretenders, a London, England-based rock band, reflects worldwide charting of 11 studio albums, four compilation albums, one extended play (EP), four live albums, and nearly 40 single releases singles.

Vocalist/guitarist Chrissie Hynde, guitarist/keyboardist James Honeyman-Scott, bassist Pete Farndon and drummer Martin Chambers formed The Pretenders in 1978. Their chart-topping debut album, Pretenders, is widely regarded as one of the finest debut albums of all time. The Pretenders’ hit songs include “Brass in Pocket” (1979), “Talk of the Town” (1980), “Message of Love” (1981), “Back on the Chain Gang” (1982), “Middle of the Road” (1983), “2000 Miles” (1984), “Don’t Get Me Wrong” (1986), “My Baby” (1986), and “I’ll Stand by You” (1994).

1I’ll Stand by You1994
2Don’t Get Me Wrong 1986
3Back on the Chain Gang1982
4Hymn to Her1986
5Night in My Veins1994
6Middle of the Road1982
7Never Do That1990
8My Baby 1987
9Kid1980
102000 Miles 1983
11Talk of the Town1981
12I Go to Sleep 1981
13Human1999
14Stop Your Sobbing1980
15Thin Line Between Love and Hate1984
16Sense of Purpose1990
17Show Me 1984
18Holy Commotion2016
19Time the Avenger1984
20Boots of Chinese Plastic2008
21Love’s a Mystery2008
22My City Was Gone1982
23The Adultress1981
24Hold a Candle to This1990
25The Buzz2020
26Where Has Everybody Gone?1987
27Didn’t Want to Be This Lonely2020
28Brass in Pocket 1980
29Room Full of Mirrors1986
30Day After Day1981

Tuesday 3/23/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Pretenders – Learning To Crawl (1984)

Learning to Crawl is the third studio album by British-American rock band The Pretenders. It was released on January 11, 1984 after a hiatus during which band members James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon died of drug overdoses.

After Farndon’s dismissal from the band and Honeyman-Scott’s death, Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers initially recruited Rockpile’s Billy Bremner and Big Country’s Tony Butler to fill in a caretaker line-up of the band in 1982. Bremner played guitar and Butler played bass on the band’s September 1982 single “Back on the Chain Gang/My City Was Gone”, both sides of which were later included on Learning to Crawl. As the album sessions got under way, Bremner, Graham Parker’s bass player Andrew Bodnar, and Paul Carrack (formerly of Squeeze, Ace and Roxy Music) played guitar, bass and piano respectively for the track “Thin Line Between Love and Hate”.

Finally, Robbie McIntosh (guitar) and Malcolm Foster (bass) were recruited to join Hynde and Chambers, and the band was now officially a quartet. It was this line-up that recorded the rest of the tracks featured on Learning to Crawl.

The November 1983 single “2000 Miles/Fast or Slow (The Law’s the Law)” was the newly reconstituted foursome’s first release, followed shortly by the full Learning to Crawl album in January 1984.

The album’s title of “Learning to Crawl” was given in honor of Chrissie Hynde’s then-infant daughter, Natalie Rae Hynde. She was learning to crawl at the time that Chrissie was trying to determine a title for the album.

“Middle of the Road” – 4:08
“Back on the Chain Gang” – 3:44
“Time the Avenger” – 4:47
“Watching the Clothes” – 2:46
“Show Me” – 4:00
“Thumbelina” – 3:12
“My City Was Gone” – 5:14
“Thin Line Between Love and Hate” – 3:33
“I Hurt You” – 4:27
“2000 Miles” – 3:30

“Fast or Slow (The Law’s the Law)” – 3:15
“Tequila” – 3:35
“I Hurt You” – 4:06
“When I Change My Life” – 4:43
“Ramblin’ Rob” – 3:32
“My City Was Gone” (Live) – 4:53
“Money (That’s What I Want)” (Live at US Festival, May 1983) – 4:39

Chrissie Hynde – lead vocals (all but 11 & 15), rhythm guitar, harmonica
Robbie McIntosh – lead guitar, backing vocals
Malcolm Foster – bass guitar, backing vocals
Martin Chambers – drums, backing vocals, lead vocals (11), percussion

Billy Bremner – lead guitar on “Back on the Chain Gang” and “My City Was Gone”, rhythm guitar and vocals on “Thin Line Between Love and Hate”
Tony Butler – bass guitar on “Back on the Chain Gang” and “My City Was Gone”
Andrew Bodnar – bass guitar and vocals on “Thin Line Between Love and Hate”
Paul Carrack – piano and vocals on “Thin Line Between Love and Hate”

Saturday 9/5/2020 12:00am ET: Feature LP: Pretenders II (1981)

Pretenders II is the second studio album by British rock band the Pretenders, issued on Sire Records in August of 1981. It incorporates two songs that had been released as singles in the UK and placed on an EP in the US. It peaked at #7 on the UK Albums Chart and #10 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified a gold record for sales by the RIAA. It is the final album by the original line-up, as the following year bassist Pete Farndon would be dismissed and guitarist James Honeyman-Scott would die in the same week. Farndon would perish in 1983, and a new line-up would make the band’s next album, Learning to Crawl.

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

1. “Pack It Up” 3:50
2. “Waste Not Want Not” 3:43
3. “Day After Day” 3:45
4. “Jealous Dogs” 5:36
5. “The English Roses” 4:28
6. “Louie Louie” 3:30
7. “I Go To Sleep” (Guitar Version)
8. “In The Sticks”
9. “Pack It Up” (Radio Mix)
10. “Talk Of The Town” (Demo)
11. “What You Gonna Do About It”

Chrissie Hynde — rhythm guitar, lead vocals
James Honeyman-Scott — lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Pete Farndon — bass guitar, backing vocals
Martin Chambers — drums, backing vocals
Additional personnel
Chris Mercer — tenor saxophone
Henry Lowther, Jim Wilson — trumpets
Jeff Bryant — French horn
Chris Thomas — sound effects
Technical
Bill Price — recording
Gavin Cochrane — front cover photography

Wednesday 7/22/2020 2am ET: Feature LP: Pretenders – Hate For Sale (2020)

Hate for Sale is the eleventh studio album by English-American rock band The Pretenders. It was released on July 17, 2020 by BMG Rights Management. It has received positive reception from critics.

“Hate for Sale” – 2:30
“The Buzz” – 3:51
“Lightning Man” – 2:57
“Turf Accountant Daddy” – 3:05
“You Can’t Hurt a Fool” – 3:19
“I Didn’t Know When to Stop” – 2:24
“Maybe Love Is in NYC” – 3:25
“Junkie Walk” – 2:45
“Didn’t Want to Be This Lonely” – 2:56
“Crying in Public” – 3:17

Friday 4pm ET: Artist Countdown: Pretenders Top 30 Hits

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The Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in March 1978. The original band consisted of 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). Following the drug-related deaths of Honeyman-Scott and Farndon, the band experienced numerous subsequent personnel changes. Hynde has been the band’s only consistent member.

The Pretenders’ hit songs include “Brass in Pocket” (1979), “Talk of the Town” (1980), “Message of Love” (1981), “Back on the Chain Gang” (1982), “Middle of the Road” (1983), “2000 Miles” (1984), “Don’t Get Me Wrong” (1986), “My Baby” (1986), and “I’ll Stand by You” (1994). The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

1 Brass in Pocket
2 Don’t Get Me Wrong
3 Back on the Chain Gang
4 I’ll Stand by You
5 Hymn to Her
6 Night in My Veins
7 Middle of the Road
8 Message of Love
9 2000 Miles
10 My Baby
11 Never Do That
12 I Go to Sleep
13 Human
14 Talk of the Town
15 Stop Your Sobbing
16 Show Me
17 Thin Line Between Love and Hate
18 Sense of Purpose
19 Time the Avenger
20 Boots of Chinese Plastic
21 Love’s a Mystery
22 My City Was Gone
23 Kid
24 Hold a Candle to This
25 Where Has Everybody Gone?
26 Room Full of Mirrors
27 977
28 You Know Who Your Friends Are
29 Mystery Achievement
30 She

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The Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in March 1978. The original band consisted of initiator 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). Following the drug-related deaths of Honeyman-Scott and Farndon, the band experienced numerous subsequent personnel changes. Hynde has been the band’s only consistent member.

The Pretenders’ hit songs include “Brass in Pocket” (1979), “Talk of the Town” (1980), “Message of Love” (1981), “Back on the Chain Gang” (1982), “Middle of the Road” (1983), “Don’t Get Me Wrong” (1986), “My Baby” (1986), and “I’ll Stand by You” (1994). The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.