Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Song: Human
Artist: The Pretenders
Album: Viva el Amor

The Pretenders are one of the greatest rock bands to come out of the early 80’s and Chrissie Hynde one of the best female leads well… ever. They are responsible for some of the best rock tunes to come out during this time period, “Brass in Pocket,” “Stop Your Sobbing,” “Talk of the Town,” “Message of Love,” “Back on the Chain Gang…” the list goes on and on. Honestly, no serious rock fans collection is complete without their greatest hits collection. Originally there was “The Singles” a killer collection of their 80’s material that was a must until “Greatest Hits” came out in 2000. This collection groups together the majority of the tunes from “The Singles” and adds some of their 90’s material… that was pretty great as well.

Despite the bomb that was 1990’s “Packed!” the band returned in 1994 with “Last of the Independents” which spawned the singles “Night in My Veins” and “I’ll Stand by You.” It was a great revival from a great band and is one of their best offerings. I haven’t followed the band much since then, but was a big fan of the single “Human” from 1999’s “Viva el Amor.” The song sounds like classic Pretenders, the guitar work is ace, Chrissie sounds amazing, it’s all the more shocking when you find out that they didn’t write the track… in fact it’s a cover of the song “Human on the Inside” by The Divinyls, remember them? It’s a great song despite not being written by the band. (Besides, the Divinyls have been around just as long.)



Don’t Get Me Wrong

Back on the Chain Gang (live)

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