The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde
The Pretenders (photo by Matt Holyoak, PR)
Hate for Sale by The Pretenders, the follow-up to 2016's Alone, was unleashed this month. It features the return of original stickman Martin Chambers on his first album with the group since 2002. It's also notable for all ten songs being co-written by Chrissie Hynde (who traditionally writes by herself) and guitarist James Walbourne. Along with Chambers and Walbourne, the personnel on the disc is made up of the group's longstanding touring lineup of Nick Wilkinson on bass and Carwyn Ellis on keyboards.
In this freewheeling conversation archived above, Chrissie names her favorite three Pretenders songs and covers an impressive amount of ground with me.
Sure you'll get details about songs on the new album, including an explanation of what a "Turf Accountant Daddy" is, but you'll also be able to enjoy her observations on an eclectic array of topics and people including but not limited to: Anne Brontë, Bob Dylan, Anne Rice, John McEnroe, The Damned, Stephen Street, Steve Bing, Jim Keltner, Charlie Sexton, Marius de Vries, Paul Butterfield, Reno, Akron, Paul Weller, Colorama, Jerry Lee Lewis, baritone ukulele, Jarv Is, Alexandre Kassin, John Polidori, trouble with bluetooth, and a "Maybe Love is in NYC" t-shirt!