The Pretenders get back to brass in pocket tacks!

Thursday, 2nd December 2021, 9:58 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd December 2021, 9:59 am
Pretenders in their Heyday (photo: Chalkie Davis)

New release

Live and studio deluxe releases of seminal band’s debut albums available now

One of the pre-eminent bands of the 1980s, The Pretenders have released a special anniversary release for their legions of fans.

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Brand new deluxe editions of Pretenders and Pretenders II, curated by lead singer and founder Chrissie Hynde, is out now on three CD deluxe, coloured vinyl and limited edition numbered print exclusive.

At the turn of the ’80s, Pretenders announced themselves to the world with what is widely regarded one of the greatest debut albums of all time.

They solidified their status as one of the most exciting bands around with their follow up album Pretenders II, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Consisting of their most famous line-up with Chrissie Hynde (vocals and guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (guitar), Pete Farndon (bass) and Martin Chambers (drums), Pretenders first two albums created a rock sound that perfectly blended glistening guitar hooks, striking vocals with undertones of punk that still sounds fresh to this day.

Chrissie Hynde with Martin Chambers on drums of The Pretenders (photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Pretenders and Pretenders II will also be available on limited edition red and white vinyl respectively, as well as a special, numbered print based on the Brass In Pocket single cover limited to 500 copies worldwide, exclusively available on Dig!

Both Pretenders and Pretenders II are each presented in striking 12x12 3CD deluxe sets, featuring a high-quality book with brand-new liner notes by acclaimed journalist Will Hodgkinson.

They also include a myriad of rare and unseen photos of the band, by turn both beautiful and candid. Pretenders (Deluxe Edition) contains the original album remastered by Chris Thomas, alongside demos, rarities, and many live performances.

These include BBC sessions on The Kid Jensen Show, and performances at The Paris Theatre, London and Paradise Theater in Boston.

Pretenders II (Deluxe Edition) also features a remastered version of the album by Chris Thomas, demos, and alternates alongside two live performances; one from Central Park, New York City in 1980, and an electric show from The Santa Monica Civic in 1981.

Pretenders’ first release came almost a year earlier to the album’s release, with their top 40 debut single, a cover of The Kinks’ Stop Your Sobbing produced by Nick Lowe. Next came Kid, another UK top 40 hit and their first originally written single.

Following both singles would come one of Pretenders’ biggest tracks to this day, Brass In Pocket. Leading with a glorious guitar rhythm embodied by luscious chorus, Brass In Pocket launched Pretenders onto a different level, with the track finishing reaching #1 in the UK, Ireland, Sweden and South Africa, as well as top fives in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, New Zealand and more.

It was also a success in the US, reaching #14 and becoming the seventh music video aired on MTV. The album continues to be highly acclaimed to this day, regularly featuring among best of the 1980s lists, as well as being certified Platinum in USA, and Gold in UK, Netherlands, Belgium, and New Zealand.

During the year between Pretenders and Pretenders II, the band continued their momentum releasing two singles in the UK, Talk Of The Town and Message Of Love, with the former reaching #8 and the latter #11.

The Pretenders are still touring and are still playing to packed houses to this day, with Chrissie in front and Martin Chambers still on drums.

The new release is available at shop.thisisdig.com/uk/artists/pretenders website.