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Ray Davies’ well-documented thrall with the U.S. continued to deepen, even as it found new complexity on the 2017 U.K. Top 20 album Americana. He keeps digging here, picking at old scabs (including his scary encounter with a mugger in 2004) but also exploring the promise that this country still offers. Like most sequels, it’s not quite the equal of what came before. In fact, the album’s best lyric – “All life we work, but work is bore / If life’s for livin’, what’s livin’ for? – comes from a redo of a Kinks song from 1971. Still, that doesn’t speak so much to the relative quality of Our Country: Americana Act II as to a towering legacy that he has to wrestle with every day.

This is a demo version. The simplicity of the recording and the piano captures the feeling of being alone and in love so well. I Go to Sleep is a song written by Ray Davies. It was never recorded by the Kinks, but Ray Davies‘ demo is included as a bonus track on the reissue of their second studio album Kinda Kinks. “I Go to Sleep” was covered by The Pretenders and released as the fifth single from their second studio album Pretenders II. The song was later included on the Pretenders‘ compilation album The Singles. The song was also featured in the films Romanzo Criminale and Sweet Sixteen.

Unreleased song by Ray Davies/The Kinks from 1965


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On November 12th, 1979 , The Pretenders released the single “Brass In Pocket”, BRASS IN POCKET stomped like a troupe of clog-dancers having a tantrum. Chrissie Hynde licked each word until it squealed — the way she berated the object of her lust, wailing that she’s “Special. So special”.

The term ‘sassy’ was invented for the Pretenders’ numbers like ‘Brass In Pocket’, Chrissie’s voice scraping like scuffed boots on the sidewalk of experience. It was one of those rare records that is both classic pop song and something that catches the imagination of the nation and won’t stay away.

Threatening with what she was going to use, ‘Brass In Pocket’ was a great way to remember winter 1979; Hynde’s studiously delivered warning, a probing beat underneath, an incongruous west coast laze with a dash of command.

The video here is rare archive footage of The Pretenders rehearsing ‘Brass In Pocket’ from 1979.

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The Pretenders first LP, simply titled “Pretenders” was released on this day in 1980. A combination of rock, punk and pop music, this album made the band famous. The album features the singles “Stop Your Sobbing”, “Kid” and “Brass in Pocket”.

Nick Lowe produced the Pretenders‘ first single, “Stop Your Sobbing”, but decided not to work with them again as he thought the band “wasn’t going anywhere”. Chris Thomas took over on the subsequent recording sessions.

Pretenders debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart in the week of its release and stayed there for four consecutive weeks. Pretenders debut album has been named one of the best albums of all time . In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album number 155 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and, in 1989, ranked it the 20th best album of the 1980s. Happy 37th Birthday to The Pretenders album “Pretenders”!!!!

Pretenders was remastered and re-released in 2006 and included a bonus disc of demos, B-sides and live cuts, many previously unreleased. “Cuban Slide” and “Porcelain” originally appeared as B-sides to “Talk of the Town” and “Message of Love”, while “Swinging London” and “Nervous But Shy” both appeared on the flip side of “Brass in Pocket”. The Regents Park Demo of “Stop Your Sobbing” was included initially as a flexi-single in the May 1981 edition of Flexipop magazine. The tracks “Message of Love”, “Talk of the Town”, “Porcelain” and “Cuban Slide” alongside a live version of the album’s opening track, “Precious”, were released on a follow-up EP entitled Extended Play soon after.

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Anyone hoping the combination of one-time Akron residents Dan Auerbach and Chrissy Hynde collaborating on the first Pretenders album in eight years that would result in a raw, rustbelt Black Keys meets Iggy Pop explosion, may be disappointed. That doesn’t make this ballad heavy set substandard, but it does seem like a missed opportunity.

First off, this is “the Pretenders” in name only; other than Hynde, no one on it has been or probably will be a Pretender. Even though the Nashville backing musicians are talented veterans (two on loan from Auerbach’s Arcs side project) and there are plenty of echoes of what Hynde created with the Pretenders, releasing the project under that name, as opposed to the solo album it was initially intended as, is somewhat misleading.

But for those who feel that anything Hynde records is going to have the Pretenders stamp, at least philosophically, this dozen song album finds her in fine, typically swaggering form. The few rockers such as the opening title track where she recounts the pleasures of being “Alone” with her usual brass-in-pocket sneer, along with the pounding “Mystery Achievement” drums of “Gotta Wait” and the bluesy “Chord Lord” make it clear Hynde hasn’t lost her sassy strut.

Still, it’s the ballads that dominate. While songs such as the lovely acoustic finger-picked “Blue Eyed Sky,” the heartfelt and reflective “The Man You Are” and the bittersweet piano lilt of “Death is Not Enough” with its surf twang guitar are beautifully crafted and sung with Hynde’s husky, immediately distinctive purr, perhaps a few more taut, tightrope walking, tough talking rockers would solidify the Auerbach connection. And the less said about the closing single “Holy Commotion” with its commercial leaning synths and chilly, overly stilted playing, the better.

Thankfully, the quality of “Roadie Man,” about … well, roadies, with its soulful and insistent groove, the dreamy “Let’s Get Lost” (perhaps the closest Hynde gets to a full throated love song here), and the pissed off, flinty “I Hate Myself” (“I hate my requisite phony destruction”) with its dark ’60s vibe that, as its title implies, takes a hard look in the mirror as the singer repeats the title about two dozen times, show Hynde has maintained her quality control. These songs glow and grow on you and, with vocals that were recorded in a quick 48 hours, maintain the edge the best Pretenders music always displayed.

Alone won’t go down as a great Pretenders disc up there with Learning to Crawl or the magnificent debut, but it’s no embarrassment either. Despite the lack of rockers, Hynde hasn’t mellowed even if her music has. OK, so there isn’t a cohesive Pretenders band anymore; over 35 years into her career, Chrisse Hynde remains a powerful and iconic presence. We should be thankful she’s still at it and recording music as impressive and distinctive as Alone.

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The Pretenders are back with a brand new album and teamed up with a fellow Akron musician to work on the record. The Pretenders have just announced a new album entitled Alone, their first since 2008’s Break Up The Concrete. Besides Chrissie Hynde, the album features bassist Dave Roe, pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl, guitarist Kenny Vaughan, keyboardist Leon Michels, and drummer Richard Swift, and it was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. who helmed the sessions from his Easy Eye Studio in Nashville. According to the press release announcing the LP, Hynde ended up tracking all the vocals for the album in a single 48-hour span.That’s the artwork above, and it’ll be out 10/21 ia BMG. The band also recently announced a North American support tour with Stevie Nicks 

Due in stores October. 21st, Alone is available to fans who purchase their copies early will receive a free download of “Holy Commotion!” now. The track, which you can hear above, may come as a surprise to fans who expected Auerbach’s influence to amp up the Pretenders’ blues quotient; instead, it presents an altogether poppier side of Hynde’s sound, with lyrics describing an urge to “see the light” and adding, “I just want, I want, I want to dance all night/ So be my baby.”

Chrissie Hynde and company recruited Dan Auerbach to produce The Pretenders latest record Alone. The album isn’t due out until October 21st,


The Pretenders. regarded as one of the best debut albums ever recorded, Pretenders was chocked full of moxie and attitude. As a part of the second British Invasion, they joined artists such as Elvis Costello, The Clash and Joe Jackson in redefining music in the late ’70s and early ’80s. The band punches us in the stomach with the punk-inspired track “Precious,” but that was just the beginning of the thrashing as “The Wait” and “Tattooed Love Boys” added fuel to the fire. They did go soft on us with the Kinks’ “Stop Your Sobbing,” “Lovers of Today” and “Kid.” They even managed to get a pop song on the radio with “Brass in Pocket.” Chrissie and company have churned out several albums since their debut and have had some hits, but this recording remains to be the band’s best.


Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in Hereford, England, in March 1978. The original band comprised initiator and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Pete Farndon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Martin Chambers (drums, backing vocals, percussion). Following the drug-related deaths of Honeyman-Scott and Farndon, the band has experienced numerous subsequent personnel changes, with Chrissie Hynde as the only consistent member, and Chambers returning after an absence of several years.Their self-titled debut album was released at the end of December 1979 and was a success in the United Kingdom and the United States Pretenders was subsequently named one of the best albums of all time by Rolling Stone,


Chrissie Hynde releases a brand new version of The Pretenders “2000 Miles” on December 15. The song was originally a Christmas hit in 1983, when it reached number 15 in the singles chart. The new version was recorded during the sessions for Hynde’s first solo album, Stockholm.

“Last year while finishing up the album “Stockholm”, Bjorn Yttling and I made up this version of the Pretenders “2000 Miles” says Hynde. “I think it captures the mood of the season perfectly as it gets cold in Sweden, reindeer wander the streets freely and the snow was coming down! Happy Christmas!”

The track is also available on the deluxe version of Stockholm, alongside seven live tracks — including I Go To Sleep and Brass In Pocket — recorded at the singer’s recent iTunes Festival show at London’s Roundhouse.

The Rails are English singer songwriter Kami Thompson youngest daughter of Richard and Linda Thompson and James Walbourne well know guitarist fr his work with Son Vault and most notabaly The Pretenders, reaching deep into their musical heritage a true folk blend since the early seventies, produced with the assistance of Edwyn Collins and featuring Folk Eliza Carthy The Rails debut album ” FAIR WARNING ” with traditonal and original songs