Genius in Our Midst: Hynde


Chrissie Hynde has recorded ten albums with The Pretenders and one solo. Her recordings from the current decade are as intelligent, driven, passionate, and unpretentious as any of her work since the seventies. 

Born in Ohio, Hynde moved to London in 1973 and worked as a music critic for NME. Legend has it that someone told her if she thought it was so easy to make music she should do it herself. So she did.

Nick Lowe produced the first Pretenders’ single, a cover of The Kink’s Stop Your Sobbing, in 1979 and within a year Hynde had taken her band to #1 in the UK charts (and #14 in the US) with her original song Brass In Pocket.

The Pretenders had some of the most tumultuous upheavals of any rock band. On June 14, 1982, as the band was peaking in popularity, the other  members fired bassist Pete Farndon due to his heroin use. Two days later the guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died of a cocaine overdose. The next year Farndon took heroin, passed out in his bathtub, and drowned.

In the last 18 years, with and without The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde has released five collections of some of the best writing, singing, and producing of her career. Her solo album Stockholm opens with Phil Spectorish drums and strings on the song You or No One.

This lonely heart’s been yearning
The skies above’ve been turning
Feels like the universe just grew
I’ve waited for so long
I’ve waited for so long

I just wanna be with you always
I wanna be around you always
I just wanna be with you or no one
Making it you or no one
And when the night starts falling
Even the stars are calling
Spinning and spelling out your name
Now that’s what I call fame
Spelling out your name
Forever and ever
Love is a hurting thing
It doesn’t go away
Forever is a long time
To wait for you to say
I just wanna be with you always
I wanna be around you always
I just wanna be with you or no one
Making it you or no one
Please stay
Never go away.
Please stay
Never go, never go away

Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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