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13 December 2004 @ 11:21 pm
You know, I like the Pretenders, I really do. But passing over the Sex Pistols and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five for the Rock Hall of Fame what was, well, a nice midlevel band? Huh?
kynnkynn on December 13th, 2004 11:28 pm (UTC)
You should have said, "Don't get me wrong, I like the Pretenders, I really do."


I'd forgotten how often we saw Magritte: hammurabicolubra on December 13th, 2004 11:30 pm (UTC)
The Pretenders are American: that means that they get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame before other bands.
Red Star Robotredstarrobot on December 13th, 2004 11:39 pm (UTC)
Chrissy Hynde is American; but she moved to the UK in the early '70s, and The Pretenders formed in London, rose to popularity there, and seem to still be more popular there than they are here. She worked in Malcolm McLaren's store before The Pretenders formed, so very definitely a part of the '70s London punk scene. I actually never thought much of the Pretenders until I heard "Kid". For some reason, the songs of theirs that the US radio stations play are a lot worse than the ones the UK radio stations play, and I never really understood what they were doing until then - I don't think I gave them enough credit.

That said, I'm not sure how anyone can say the Pretenders are more famous than the Pistols or Lynard Skynyrd, or more influential than Patti Smith or the Stooges.
I'd forgotten how often we saw Magrittecolubra on December 13th, 2004 11:47 pm (UTC)
True on all counts.

And for some reason I misread you as writing 'Patti Smith and the Stooges'. Which was a strange thing to imagine.
Red Star Robot: b7redstarrobot on December 14th, 2004 12:06 am (UTC)
I could totally see it. She could easily do a kick-arse version of "Search and Destroy" or "Gimme Danger". And I bet you she'd get a kick out of doing something like "Penetration" and completely playing against gender type (or playing up gender type, depending on which seemed more transgressive).

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Mr. Flonkflonkflonkcarneggy on December 14th, 2004 06:25 am (UTC)
I can see the argument for Grandmaster Flash etc - they aren't really a 'rock and roll' band, after all.

And while I certainly think that there were many better choices than the Pretenders, they had a suprisingly large number of hits over the years (something like 20 in the US, and they did better in the UK generally.) I had no idea until I looked how many they'd had.