Saturday, December 6, 2008

We are all of us in the gutter, some of us are looking at the stars

Originally released in April 1981 as a stopgap prior the their second full release, The Pretenders 'Extended Play' distilled the phenomenal songwriting of Chrissy Hynde & Co. with the raw energy of their live act in just five songs.

Two of the studio tracks ('Message of Love' and 'Talk of the Town') would all appear on the subsequent LP 'Pretenders II', which was released just two months later.

The blistering version of 'Precious' was recorded at their legendary gig in Central Park on August 30, 1980. Thanks to The King Biscuit Flour Hour and the novelty of the Blogosphere, you can hear it here.

Message of Love
Talk of the Town
Cuban Slide
Precious (Regent Park Demo)

Check out the man on the Moon introducing the band on the ABC's Saturday Night Live clone 'Fridays'.
Pretenders- Message of Love ('Fridays' Feb. 27, 1981)

Pretenders- Talk of the Town (1981)

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