Revisiting The Classics: Pretenders-The Pretenders

The debut studio album by The Pretenders, was released in January 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 was “not going anywhere”. Producer Chris Thomas took over on the subsequent recording sessions.

The album debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart in the week of its release and stayed there for four consecutive weeks. It also made the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum during 1982 by the RIAA.

Pretenders has been named one of the best albums of all time by VH1. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine placed the album on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and in 1989, ranked it the 20th best album of the 1980s.

The album was remastered and re-released in 2006 and included a bonus disc of demos, B-sides and live cuts, many previously unreleased.

Pretenders  went Platinum in the United States with over 1 million copies sold by 1982.

Join PodCloud1 as we revisit a classic in its entirety on the month of its original release, the self-titled debut album by the Pretenders.


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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





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