It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

The Pretenders

Over the years, the Pretenders became a vehicle for guitarist/vocalist Chrissie Hynde's songwriting, yet it was a full-fledged band when it was formed in the late '70s. With their initial records, the group crossed the bridge between punk/new wave and Top 40 pop more than any other band, recording a series of hard, spiky singles that were also melodic and immediately accessible. Hynde was an invigorating, sexy singer who bent the traditional male roles of rock & roll to her own liking, while guitarist James Honeyman-Scott created a sonic palette filled with suspended chords, effects pedals, and syncopated rhythms that proved remarkably influential over the next two decades. After Honeyman-Scott's death, the Pretenders became a more straightforward rock band, yet Hynde's semi-autobiographical songwriting and bracing determination meant that the group never became just another rock band, even when their music became smoother and more pop-oriented.

Originally from Akron, OH, Hynde moved to England in the early '70s, when she was in her twenties. British rock journalist Nick Kent helped her begin writing for New Musical Express; she wrote for the newspaper during the mid-'70s. She also worked in Malcolm McLaren's SEX boutique before she began performing. After playing with Chris Spedding, she joined Jack Rabbit; she quickly left the band and formed the Berk Brothers.

In 1978, Hynde formed the Pretenders, which eventually consisted of Honeyman-Scott, bassist Pete Farndon, and drummer Martin Chambers. Later in the year, they recorded a version of Ray Davies' "Stop Your Sobbing" produced by Nick Lowe. The single made it into the British Top 40 in early 1979. "Kid" and "Brass in Pocket," the group's next two singles, also were successful. Their debut album, Pretenders, was released in early 1980 and eventually climbed to number one in the U.K. THe band were nearly as successful in America, with the album reaching the Top Ten and "Brass in Pocket" reaching number 14.

During an American tour in 1980, Hynde met Ray Davies and the two fell in love. Following a spring 1981 EP, Extended Play, the group released their second album, Pretenders II. Although it fared well on the charts, it repeated the musical ideas of their debut. In June of 1982, Pete Farndon was kicked out of the band, due to his drug abuse. A mere two days later on June 16, James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of an overdose of heroin and cocaine. Pregnant with Davies' child, Hynde went into seclusion following Honeyman-Scott's death. In 1983, two months after Hynde gave birth, Farndon also died of a drug overdose.

Hynde regrouped the Pretenders in February 1983, adding former Manfred Mann's Earth Band guitarist Robbie McIntosh and bassist Malcolm Foster; the reconstituted band released "2000 Miles" in time for Christmas. The new Pretenders released Learning to Crawl early in 1984 to positive reviews and commercial success. Ending her romance with Ray Davies, Hynde married Jim Kerr, the lead vocalist of Simple Minds, in May of 1984.

Apart from a performance at Live Aid, the only musical activity from the Pretenders during 1985 was Hynde's appearance on UB40's version of "I Got You Babe." Hynde assembled another version of the Pretenders for 1986's Get Close. Only she and McIntosh remained from Learning to Crawl; the rest of the album was recorded with session musicians. Get Close showed the Pretenders moving closer to MOR territory, with the bouncy single "Don't Get Me Wrong" making its way into the American Top Ten in 1987. Hynde recorded another duet with UB40 in 1988, a cover of Dusty Springfield's "Breakfast in Bed."

Hynde's marriage to Kerr fell apart in 1990, the same year the Pretenders released Packed!, which failed to ignite the charts in either America or Britain. She was relatively quiet for the next few years, re-emerging in 1994 with Last of the Independents, which was hailed as a comeback by some quarters of the press. The album did return the Pretenders to the Top 40 with the ballad "I'll Stand by You." In the fall of 1995, the Pretenders released the live album Isle of View, then remained silent for a few years. Hynde finally returned in 1999 with an album of new material, Viva el Amor. Three years later, the Pretenders left their longtime label for Artemis. The reggae-tinged Loose Screw appeared in November and a tour followed in January 2003. In March 2006, the Pretenders released their first-ever box set, Pirate Radio, via Rhino. The four-disc package included over five hours of music and a DVD of rare performances. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: Live In London

Disc 1

1. Boots Of Chinese Plastic (Live In London)

2. Don't Cut Your Hair (Live In London)

3. Talk Of The Town (Live In London)

4. Kid (Live In London)

5. The Nothing Maker (Live In London)

6. Don't Lose Faith In Me (Live In London)

7. Back On The Chain Gang (Live In London)

8. Love's A Mystery (Live In London)

9. Don't Get Me Wrong (Live In London)

10. Tequila (Live In London)

11. Stop Your Sobbing (Live In London)

12. Day After Day (Live In London)

13. Cuban Slide (Live In London)

14. Middle Of The Road (Live In London)

15. The Wait (Live In London)

16. Tattooed Love Boys (Live In London)

17. Precious (Live In London)

18. I'll Stand By You (Live In London)

19. Brass In Pocket (Live In London)

Disc 2
x

Track List: Break Up The Concrete

1. Boots Of Chinese Plastic

2. The Nothing Maker

3. Don't Lose Faith In Me

4. Don't Cut Your Hair

5. Love's A Mystery

6. The Last Ride

7. Almost Perfect

8. You Didn't Have To

9. Rosalee

10. Break Up The Concrete

11. One Thing Never Changed

x

Track List: Pirate Radio

Disc 1

1. Precious (Regent Park Demo)

2. Stop Your Sobbing

4. Kid

5. Tattooed Love Boys

6. Mystery Achievement

7. Brass In Pocket

8. Porcelain

9. Talk Of The Town

10. Message Of Love

11. Cuban Slide

12. What You Gonna Do About It

13. The Adultress

14. Bad Boys Get Spanked

15. I Go To Sleep

16. Day After Day

17. Birds Of Paradise

18. The English Roses

19. Time The Avenger

20. Watching The Clothes (Denmark Street Demo)

21. Show Me

Disc 2

1. Back On The Chain Gang

2. Thumbelina

3. Thin Line Between Love And Hate

4. My City Was Gone

5. Middle Of The Road

6. Tequila

7. 2000 Miles

9. My Baby

10. Worlds Within Worlds

11. Don't Get Me Wrong

12. Hymn To Her

13. Tradition Of Love

14. Room Full Of Mirrors

15. Reconsider Me

16. Hold A Candle To This (Alternate Version)

17. Windows Of The World

18. Never Do That

19. No Guarantee

20. Not A Second Time

Disc 3

1. Sense Of Purpose

2. Downtown (Akron)

3. How Do I Miss You

4. Bold As Love

5. When Will I See You

6. Hollywood Perfume

7. Night In My Veins

8. 977

9. All My Dreams

11. Money Talk

12. Rebel Rock Me

13. I'll Stand By You

14. Every Mothers' Son (Demo)

15. Love Colours

16. Private Life (Live)

17. Lovers Of Today (Live)

18. Creep (Live)

19. Criminal (Live)

20. Revolution (Live)

Disc 4

1. Everyday Is Like Sunday

2. Human (Class Mix)

3. Popstar

4. Back Down

5. California

6. The Needle And The Damage Done

8. Who's Who

9. Biker

10. Nails In The Road

12. The Homecoming (Live)

13. Up The Neck (Live)

14. Fools Must Die (Live)

15. Nothing Breaks Like A Heart

16. Lie To Me

17. Complex Person

18. You Know Who Your Friends Are

19. I Should Of

20. The Losing

Disc 5
x

Track List: Time ( Maxi-Single)

1. Time (Junior's Radio Version)

2. Time (Junior's Mixshow)

4. Time (Junior's Ambient Mix)

5. Time (Junior's Earth Beats)

6. Time (Junior's Tribapella)

x

Track List: Loose Screw

1. Lie To Me

2. Time

3. You Know Who Your Friends Are

4. Complex Person

5. Fools Must Die

6. Kinda Nice, I Like It

7. Nothing Breaks Like A Heart

8. I Should Of

9. Clean Up Woman

10. The Losing

11. Saving Grace

12. Walk Like A Panther

x

Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Brass In Pocket

2. Message Of Love

3. Don't Get Me Wrong

4. Kid

5. Human

6. I Go To Sleep

7. Forever Young

9. Night In My Veins

11. Talk Of The Town

12. Stop Your Sobbing

13. Hymn To Her

14. 2000 Miles

16. Popstar

17. Middle Of The Road

18. Thin Line Between Love And Hate

19. Back On The Chain Gang

20. I'll Stand by You

x

Track List: Viva El Amor

1. Popstar

2. Human

3. From The Heart Down

4. Nails In The Road

5. Who's Who

6. Dragway 42

7. Baby's Breath

8. One More Time

9. Legalise Me

10. Samurai

11. Rabo De Nube

12. Biker

x

Track List: The Isle Of View (Live)

1. Sense Of Purpose (Live)

2. Chill Factor (Live)

3. Private Life (Live)

4. Back On The Chain Gang (Live)

5. Kid (Live)

6. I Hurt You (Live)

7. Criminal (Live)

8. Brass In Pocket (Live)

9. 2000 Miles (Live)

10. Hymn To Her (Live)

11. Lovers Of Today (Live)

12. The Phone Call (Live)

13. I Go To Sleep (Live)

14. Revolution (Live)

15. Untitled (Live)

x

Track List: Last Of The Independents

1. Hollywood Perfume

2. Night In My Veins

3. Money Talk

4. 977

5. Revolution

6. All My Dreams

7. I'll Stand By You

8. I'm A Mother

9. Tequila

10. Every Mothers' Son

11. Rebel Rock Me

12. Love Colours

13. Forever Young

x

Track List: The Singles

1. Stop Your Sobbing

2. Kid

3. Brass In Pocket

4. Talk Of The Town

5. I Go To Sleep

6. Day After Day

7. Message Of Love

8. Back On The Chain Gang

9. Middle Of The Road

10. 2000 Miles

11. Show Me

12. Thin Line Between Love And Hate

13. Don't Get Me Wrong

14. Hymn To Her

15. My Baby

x

Track List: Get Close

1. My Baby

2. When I Change My Life

3. Light Of The Moon

4. Dance! (Full Lenght Version)

5. Tradition Of Love

6. Don't Get Me Wrong

7. I Remember You

8. How Much Did You Get For Your Soul?

9. Chill Factor

10. Hymn To Her

11. Room Full Of Mirrors

x

Track List: Learning To Crawl

1. Middle Of The Road

2. Back On The Chain Gang

3. Time The Avenger

4. Watching The Clothes

5. Show Me

6. Thumbelina

7. My City Was Gone

8. Thin Line Between Love And Hate

9. I Hurt You

10. 2000 Miles

x

Track List: Pretenders II

1. The Adultress

2. Bad Boys Get Spanked

3. Message Of Love

4. I Go To Sleep

5. Birds Of Paradise

6. Talk Of The Town

7. Pack It Up

8. Waste Not Want Not

9. Day After Day

10. Jealous Dogs

11. The English Roses

12. Louie Louie

x

Track List: Pretenders

1. Precious

2. The Phone Call

3. Up The Neck

4. Tattooed Love Boys

5. Space Invader

6. The Wait

7. Stop Your Sobbing

8. Kid

9. Private Life

10. Brass In Pocket

11. Lovers Of Today

12. Mystery Achievement

Comments

Report as inappropriate
lizabdiaz
Beautiful song ♡♡♡ my hazel ojos
Report as inappropriate
Chrissie hynde!! Fricken awesome!!!
Report as inappropriate
Chrissie Hynde , the one and only!!!!!!!
Report as inappropriate
Yeah...fix the bio dammitall
Report as inappropriate
This song is the same music from on of Selena. The tejano singer known for como la flor. I was confused when i heard the music on my rock station. Then even more surprised when it wasnt selena!
Report as inappropriate
Someone seriously needs to correct the bio for The Pretenders!! !
Chrissie Hynde is an amazing song writer!!
**has a daughter by Ray Davies (Kinks) & a daughter from Jim Kerr (Simple Minds).
Report as inappropriate
I went back to Ohio, my city was gone!
Report as inappropriate
YES, THIS BIO IS ABOUT WHO, I DON'T KNOW. LET'S FIX THIS. CHRISSIE HAS ONE OF THE FINEST FEMALE ROCKER VOICES - SO SULTRY.
Report as inappropriate
this bio is about a different group!
Report as inappropriate
Did they write the lyrics to Creep? Soundhound gives Radiohead credit for it.
Report as inappropriate
Chrissie's correct home town was Cuyahoga Falls. Her family lived next door to me.
Report as inappropriate
Pandora got this "Pretenders" bio totally wrong. Please fix it.
Report as inappropriate
This article is about the R&B 60's group The Pretenders, not the rock band that debuted in 1978. How could Pandora screw this up so badly!?
Report as inappropriate
My parents would be shocked by this dumb bio.
Report as inappropriate
This bio is awful. What about Chrissie Hynde???? Oh and yeah shes from my home town Akron, Ohio.....Thi s bio is ridiculous
Report as inappropriate
Somebody fix this bio
Report as inappropriate
sirloiner
What a goofy BIO about the Pretenders. Chrissie Hynde, HELLO!
Report as inappropriate
gioar24
Babe,i got you babe. That is my favorite song.
Report as inappropriate
cwjenkins68
Chrissie Hynde was the heart and soul of The Pretenders.. . . . W T F kind of bio wouldn't even mention that badass lady, idiots!!
Report as inappropriate
caroljimpand o r a
I agree . I just read the bio and was shocked that no mention was made of Chrissie Hynde !!
Report as inappropriate
uhnews
please remove (or move) this bio at once. It's an insult to Chrissie Hynde!!
Report as inappropriate
garym6
Please put the correct bio in
Report as inappropriate
chrissie hynde fox
Report as inappropriate
Ooops! Not the right bio for Chrissie and company!
Report as inappropriate
Wrong group, Andrew.
Report as inappropriate
Andrew Hamilton's bio doesn't appear to have anything to do with the Pretenders.A t least not the Pretenders from the 70s and beyond featuring Chrissie Hynde
Report as inappropriate
Did u read the bio Andrew Hamilton wrote about the Pretenders.H o l y Shiite not once did he mention the one of a kind captivating vocals
of Chissie Hynde.
Report as inappropriate
Chrissie QUEEN of rock
Report as inappropriate
Chrissie has an awesome voice...
Report as inappropriate
❤️ I'll always stand by you, Babes ❤️
Report as inappropriate
nunnayobiz42 0
TY, Ms.Hynde & circle! {{hugz}} :)
Report as inappropriate
pjtmom
God how I miss her. She was all Rock & Roll!
Report as inappropriate
bren7777
Never Do That..
That's Right Never Say Never..
Report as inappropriate
bren7777
My baby..
Pretty song;)
Report as inappropriate
Hot!
Report as inappropriate
bwishnoff
what a badass voice and delivery!
Report as inappropriate
briankillack y
what a great voice!
Report as inappropriate
deanmataitis
F6
Report as inappropriate
The Pretenders are cool
Report as inappropriate
every time i hear her songs i tell people to keep quiet so i can listen to my girlfriend sing lol funny thing is they always hush up .... love Chrissie
Report as inappropriate
Beautiful
Report as inappropriate
beofservice2
Isle of View is a beautiful, and beautifully recorded disk. Love it!
Report as inappropriate
Chrissie Hynde is terrific and the band suits her talents well. The Pretenders were well above the 1980's standard. Indeed, the band would have fit in well in the 60's, a more creative era by quite a bit.
Report as inappropriate
A Friend stands by u weather UR right or wrong
Report as inappropriate
I'll Stand By You too...
Report as inappropriate
It might just be fantastic
Report as inappropriate
I have been in love with Chrissie Hynde since the first time I heard her voice.
Report as inappropriate
I'll stand by any body that needs help
Report as inappropriate
brandyoneal6 0 3 5 4
I stood by him ;-(
Report as inappropriate
No matter how much time goes by, I am always in awe of the Pretenders and Chrissy.
Show more

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[86, 122, 69, 82, 113, 97, 123, 105, 97, 71, 68, 112, 108, 117, 90, 100, 117, 70, 86, 82, 81, 83, 94, 89, 66, 121, 89, 123, 80, 124, 73, 112, 120, 123, 107, 92, 105, 109, 66, 108, 125, 65, 68, 70, 121, 83, 71, 74, 64, 93, 71, 109, 110, 93, 119, 125, 119, 97, 76, 68, 73, 79, 85, 91, 94, 109, 81, 78, 73, 124, 76, 91, 106, 116, 85, 120, 69, 72, 124, 124, 69, 91, 90, 119, 91, 88, 100, 105, 79, 76, 77, 89, 97, 115, 77, 87, 94, 79, 114, 94, 109, 105, 120, 127, 108, 64, 95, 76, 112, 76, 68, 88, 72, 86, 113, 113, 67, 106, 85, 99, 104, 100, 112, 106, 121, 126, 123, 107, 117, 95, 101, 66, 91, 70, 103, 114, 75, 87, 127, 68, 73, 86, 109, 74, 85, 64, 99, 72, 117, 117, 121, 118, 113, 93, 69, 88, 89, 86, 86, 123, 82, 87, 72, 90, 68, 90, 85, 84, 125, 105, 107, 92, 127, 68, 69, 81, 126, 71, 84, 95, 84, 85, 86, 119, 99, 95, 107, 123, 115, 116, 82, 71, 72, 92, 70, 70, 96, 70, 113, 65, 127, 98, 119, 123, 114, 80, 115, 88, 71, 111, 122, 83, 119, 77, 107, 75, 121, 72, 77, 65, 95, 112, 126, 80, 68, 115, 97, 124, 95, 101, 92, 85, 119, 102, 98, 97, 97, 106, 110, 87, 112, 90, 107, 71, 101, 73, 83, 85, 75, 64, 70, 65, 117, 81, 95, 83, 102, 114, 86, 120, 117, 87, 104, 101, 68, 92, 66, 83, 68, 100, 126, 73, 103, 125, 98, 105, 67, 84, 103, 98, 91, 109, 104, 105, 112, 64, 105, 106, 97, 118, 127, 119, 122, 74, 121, 81, 90, 118, 65, 110, 116, 72, 115, 99, 85, 67, 74, 68, 103, 95, 101, 70, 70, 115, 109, 108, 107, 101, 105, 123, 122, 76, 87, 78, 107, 104, 105, 71, 78, 80, 124, 81, 69, 116, 87, 104, 97, 103, 125, 70, 82, 127, 93, 116, 110, 89, 75, 125, 89, 109, 88, 91, 83, 106, 122, 65, 115, 73, 76, 95, 100, 68, 99, 95, 114, 106, 85, 122, 69, 114, 79, 82, 84, 123, 82, 125, 64, 116, 110, 79, 111, 72, 86, 116, 81, 88, 65, 127, 100, 72, 125, 106, 85, 88, 71, 86, 120, 98, 102, 68, 84, 118, 68, 74, 90, 78, 118, 93, 119, 126, 95, 102, 119, 126, 82, 98, 79, 99, 94, 92, 110, 90, 67, 89, 92, 92, 105, 79, 125, 79, 105, 107, 87, 99, 92, 102, 93, 123, 73, 95, 125, 111, 71, 102, 88, 69, 92, 86, 112, 72, 90, 112, 70, 75, 64, 81, 107, 109, 115, 125, 114, 106, 70, 85, 98, 106, 71, 127, 67, 89, 91, 85, 70, 64, 96, 122, 80, 109, 94, 107, 117, 98, 76, 116, 81, 120, 65, 99, 119, 97, 118, 99, 118, 108, 121, 106, 120, 110, 103, 102, 96, 110, 114, 102, 68, 116, 72, 115, 86, 76, 68, 67]