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Re: The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde and the Mystery Achievement

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:39 pm
by AndyM
will vine wrote: The Elderly Brothers.


Excellent!

Re: The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde and the Mystery Achievement

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:53 pm
by Adam Blake
Well, I am very gratified. Gobsmacked, in fact. Thank you all. I nearly didn't post it as I didn't think there'd be much interest in The Pretenders here. Just goes to show you should never second-guess SoTW!

John: I got the wife leaving him story from Ray Davies himself - at a gig I saw him do at Queen Elizabeth Hall about ten years ago. But he's hardly a reliable source of information...
(And for what it's worth, the version of "I Go To Sleep" he did that night with just two guitars was even better than The Pretenders.)

Will: It's never too late! (Seriously, I was forced to acknowledge a few years back that learning to play the guitar was the only thing in my whole life I have ever really worked hard at.)

Re: The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde and the Mystery Achievement

PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:31 am
by Hugh Weldon
A lovely piece of writing Adam, not merely for what it says about the Pretenders, but for so many other things as well - youth, confusion, music obsession...I was a massive fan too of course. That voice and those guitars,yes, at their best they hit on something very special indeed, especially in 'Kid' and one or two others which grabbed some essential rock/pop golddust from the air, some purity or ethereality or something and nailed it, in a vocal passage, a guitar break, some just-right production. Oh the silliness of trying to put it into words, since amongst those who started out as writers, Chrissie was the one who had the essential musicalsense (as well as the moves and the attitude, and the makeup). And a band with a story - I fondly remember the long awaited comeback of 'Back On The Chain Gang', buying it on the day of release and getting the free t-shirt, working out the chords by force of will till I had a reasonable version. I even wrote to Chrissie congratulating her on the release of '2000 Miles' later, a song not quite in the same class really but just because it was so good to have another decent Pretenders single. That feels slightly embarrassing in retrospect, but what's wrong with gratitude? Derek Taylor said about the Beatles once that they 'lit up our lives' or words to that effect. It's true. A few tunes from the Pretenders did so as well.

Re: The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde and the Mystery Achievement

PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:24 pm
by Willy
Love your stories Adam, (The Ari Up one stays on my mind)
I found this song a little while back and lolled at how similar it was to the very great Pretenders.
They are Wolf Alice and, according to The Grauniad, have not been told that guitar groups are out. Well, looking briefly at their earlier output, I'm not at all sure they are a guitar band as it seems quite eclectic but I wouldn't be surprised if this new song doesn't do it for them. Even though it's a complete.. tribute to the aforementioned. I like it anyway (but it has me listening to Tattooed Love Boys etc. a whole lot more)

Official video released today (give it half a minute)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkghyKKQDss

Re: The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde and the Mystery Achievement

PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:30 pm
by Dayna
What a dream to work with someone you admire.
Love your writing too.
I like their songs like My City Was Gone and Back in The Chain Gang. I always have had big dreams of being an artist or something and there's people I admire and want to meet, if I can.
I know she was married to Jim Kerr too, and has a daughter with him. He's one I admire a lot, but I know you guys don't have the same liking.

Playing music has been on the back of my mind till lately. I was too shy to think about trying it, even though it was my Mom who taught me piano. I love what I'm learning now, with this guitar, if I can ever get any farther with it. I will keep going and see where it leads, I guess. I hope it's not too late. I love that I'm now starting to try playing some bits of music by ear now, and getting to where it sounds right.

Re: The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde and the Mystery Achievement

PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:49 pm
by Dayna
I was curious. Does Chrissie Hynde have an English accent now, since she's been there so long?

Re: The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde and the Mystery Achievement

PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:44 pm
by Adam Blake
I haven't heard her speak for a few years but, last time I did, Chrissie Hynde spoke London English with an American accent.

Re: The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde and the Mystery Achievement

PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:24 am
by Dayna
I bet that's interesting!