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#154: Pretenders by The Pretenders

7.25.2016

Pretenders by The Pretenders (1980)

Favorite Tracks: "Precious" and "Up the Neck" and "Tattooed Love Boys" and "Space Invader" and "The Wait" and "Stop Your Sobbing" and "Kid" and "Brass in Pocket" and "Mystery Achievement"

Thoughts: The Pretenders and Chrissie Hynde were always in the background of my musical upbringing, mostly with their hits "Don't Get Me Wrong," "Back on the Chain Gang," and "I'll Stand By You," "Angel of the Morning," and a song from this, their debut album: "Brass in Pocket." These songs showed up not only on my radio, but in movies and TV too (remember when Chrissie was on Friends?). But beyond their big hits and general pop culture presence, I've never gotten the chance to dig much deeper, but I'm excited to today!

Pretenders opens with "Precious": sassy and playful and sets a fun tone for the album. "The Phone Call" was a little too weird and sporadic for my taste, but the next track, "Up the Neck" had a fun, almost Bowie-ish quality to it. "Tattooed Love Boys" is a manic rock song, reminding me of glam rock. "Space Invader" (instrumental) had me rocking in my seat, and wishing it were longer than three and a half minutes. I couldn't really tell what Chrissie was singing in "The Wait" (were parts of it actual gibberish?) but I loved every second of it.

"Stop Your Sobbing" is a cover of the Kinks song from their debut album, and I loved it. It was one of the more sweet, romantic songs on the album. In contrast, "Private Life" is a dark, reggae-ish ode to not wanting to hear about other people's problems. Yes, your marriage is a tragedy but it's not concern. Of course "Brass in Pocket" is singularly perfect, though I still don't know (do I want to know?) what having 'brass in pocket' means.

Is This Better Than Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy?: I would say it's as good, easily!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Brass" is an English expression for money. "Brass in Pocket" would signify pocket change.