"Pretenders" (Real Records; 1979)

Reviewed by Snidermann

There is something about a debut release that I am drawn to. The raw talent, working the music together for a common goal; a togetherness that is sometimes missing with later releases. The music they have written in their heads for the past ten or even twenty years. Debut albums can be brilliant, and they can suck. Let's just say it does not suck here.

This 1980 debut release is as refined, polished and ready to rock as any new band that I have witnessed. Not only does like anything but a debut recording, it sounds like this band had been writing and recording music for decades. There was just something about this band, the way they rocked out, the way they sang, they way they played ... and this record sounds as good today as the first day it was released, some eleven records later.

I just read that the band has a new recording coming out this September which I will definitely be checking out!

Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde, James Honeyman-Scott, Pete Farndon and Martin Chambers. (I have to say I have had a major crush on Chrissie Hynde since 1980).

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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