Pretenders (English-American rock band)

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The Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in Hereford, England, in March 1978. The original band consisted of 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 Hynde as the only consistent member, and Chambers returning after an absence of several years.

Hynde launched a solo career in 2014, and the Pretenders are currently inactive (having played last in 2012). However, no official announcement about the status of the band has been made.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Pretenders The Pretenders 18
1981 Pretenders II Pretenders 6
1984 Learning to Crawl Pretenders 8
1986 Get Close The Pretenders 10
1990 Packed! The Pretenders 4
1994 Last of the Independents The Pretenders 4
1999 ¡Viva El Amor! Pretenders 4
2002 Loose Screw The Pretenders 2
2008 Break Up the Concrete The Pretenders 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 The Singles The Pretenders 4 7
1992 Don't Get Me Wrong The Pretenders 3 1
2000 Greatest Hits The Pretenders 3
2006 Pirate Radio The Pretenders 2
2009 The Best Of / Break Up the Concrete The Pretenders 4 1
2009 Original Album Series Pretenders 1
2015 1979–1999 Pretenders 1
Greatest Hits Pretenders 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 The Isle of View The Pretenders 5 3
2010 Live in London The Pretenders 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Stop Your Sobbing The Pretenders 1
1979 Kid The Pretenders 1
1979 Brass in Pocket The Pretenders 1
1980 Talk of the Town The Pretenders 1
1982 Back on the Chain Gang Pretenders 1
1990 Never Do That The Pretenders 2
1994 I'll Stand by You The Pretenders 2
1994 Night in My Veins Pretenders 3
1999 Human The Pretenders 2
2003 Time The Pretenders 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Extended Play The Pretenders 1

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