Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pitchfork 500 - Dec. 18th - The Pretenders

This is such a badass track. Powerful, with sad sad lyrics and even today with a bitterly rueful sound. It's from The Pretenders. Take it for a few spins.

At the time of release of the single 'Back on the Chain Gang' the band had been fractured by the drugrelated death of lead-guitarist and style-inventor James Honeyman-Scott.

The Prentenders only consistent member and songwriter Chrissie Hynde decided to go on and do this track with another line-up as a tribute to Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon, who were dumped earlier that year. He succumbed to an OD in April 1983. Such awful tragedy in that band!

The track was put on the the album 'Learning to Crawl' from '84, which is among the finest work The Pretenders ever did.

The single marked a new level of musical sophistication for the band, who formed during the tail end of the original British punk movement. In 1978.

The bass-walk on this song is just sooo fokkin' brilliant, and that whole swinging pop-style part and chorus just sticks in your head instantly.

Bonusinfo: Chrissie Hynde has teamed up with Morrissey for vocalwork on his new release.

The Prentenders - Back on the Chain Gang

Got into the house like a pigeon from hell...

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