Chrissie Hynde joins the slamming Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame discussion started recently
by Courtney Love who criticized the organization: “Barely 8% of its inductees are female.
The canon-making doesn’t just reek of sexist gatekeeping, but also purposeful ignorance
Her full statement.
“If anyone wants my position in the rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame they are welcome to it. I don’t
even wanna be associated with it. It’s just more establishment backslapping. I got in a band so I didn’t have to be part of all that. I was living a happy life in Rio when I got the call I was being inducted. My heart sank because I knew I’d have to go back for it as it would be too much of a kick in the teeth to my parents if I didn’t. I’d upset them enough by then, so it was one of those things that would bail me out from years of disappointing them. (like moving out of the USA and being arrested at PETA protests and my general personality). Other than Neil Young’s participation in the induction process, the whole thing was, and is, total bollocks. It’s absolutely nothing to do with rock ‘n’ roll and anyone who thinks it is is a fool.”
It’s been 2 years since Portland’s dream pop duo PURE BATHING CULTURE
released their latest longplayer – the 4th in 10 years – with Hats.
They return now to connect with the upcoming holidays with a cover of the magnific 1983 Xmas reverie 200 MILES (more than 84 million streams on Spotify) by THE PRETENDERS, written/sung by the fabulous Chrissie Hynde.
PBC shared it along with this message.
“hi friends! happy holidays! we’re excited to share our cover of 2000 miles by one of
our very favorite bands the pretenders! it was truly a joy to explore this song together.
the holidays can be tough especially if you’ve lost someone or if you’re separated from loved ones, so this one goes out to anyone who’s going through a hard time right now. sometimes there’s magic to be found in the melancholy though…it’s been a rough year for us in a lot of ways but you all are our diamonds sparkling in the snow. thank you for being here with us!
your support here at bandcamp truly makes a huge difference.
we love you all, thank you so much for listening to our music we love being here with you!”
PBC‘s take has a similar approach, sounding both emotive and tender,
not cheesy Xmassy. Sarah Versprille‘s starry-eyed voice and Daniel Hindman‘s
sparkling guitar lines come together just beautifully. Glorious version.
Christine Ellen Hynde was born in Akron, Ohio on 7 September 1951. Happy 71 to an utterly cool songstress who flew to London in the mid 70s to dive into the punk scene of London where she joined the young brats who hung out at the late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren’s fashion clothes shop SEX.
Later she was a writer for NME magazine, before starting her band The Pretenders in 1978 who made 11 LPs between 1979 and 2020
and had multiple singles hits.
Three big Chrissie moments
– BRASS IN POCKET –
– BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG –
– I GOT YOU BABE –
(Sonny and Cher cover with UB 40.
This is a great live rendition at the
massive ‘Free Nelson Mandela‘
rock event in London in 1988)
Christine Ellen Hynde was born on 7 September 1951
in Akron, Ohio, US. Happy 70 Chrissie! Forever young!
She formed world-famous pop/rock band the Pretenders in 1975 and became their primary singer-songwriter, guitarist and their gorgeous face. After all these years the band’s still going strong. So far they released 11 studio albums with Hate For Sale (2020)
as the most recent one.
Her flamboyance, her outspokenness, her huge pop songwriting skills
and her don’t mess with me rock chick girl appearance is still intact, she’s
just a little bit older. Coolness in motion.
Turn Up The Volume picked these 3 top Chrissie moments to celebrate
the eternal Riot pop grrrl’s birthday.
– BRASS IN POCKET –
– 2000 MILES –
– BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG –
(Striking live performance)
Chrissie: “A few weeks into lockdown last year, James sent me the new Dylan track ‘Murder Most Foul’… I remember where I was sitting the day that Kennedy was shot – every reference in the song. Whatever Bob does, he still manages somewhere in there to make you laugh because as much as anything, he’s a comedian. He’s always funny and always has something to say. That’s when I called James and said, “let’s do some Dylan covers”, and that’s what started this whole thing.”
Rolling Stone writes: “Chrissie Hynde proved the bona fides of her Bob Dylan fandom
decades ago. She sang “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” with him onstage at London’s Wembley
Stadium in ’84 and serenaded him with her own jaw-dropping, gospel-tinged rendition of “I Shall Be Released” at his 30th anniversary concert in ’91… So an album like Standing in the Doorway, which collects nine Dylan cover songs, must have felt like second nature to her… What’s most striking about Standing in the Doorway is how easy the recordings came to Hynde and Walbourne. The Pretenders have always been underrated covers artists, going back to their first single, a cover of the Kinks’ “Stop Your Sobbing,” and Hynde has always had a rare knack for figuring out what she has in common with the soul of song and playing that up. “
Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume: As much as I love Chrissie Hynde‘s voice and artistic persona,
and her bold choice – not the obvious ones – of Dylan songs she covered to celebrate
the living legend’s 80th birthday, only Dylan can really sing Dylan.
Imperishable star Chrissie Hynde and James Walbourne revealed the seventh
instalment in their Dylan Lockdown Series. Previously we got Dylan gems like
‘Standing in the Doorway‘, ‘In The Summertime’ and ‘You’re A Big Girl Now’.
Next up is emotional ballad DON’T FALL APART ON ME TONIGHT.
A highlight from the living legend’s 1983 album Infidels.
Hynde and Wallbourne‘s take is tender, sincere, and emphatic.
Notable again is Chrissie‘s never-changing, gripping voice.
Still arresting and touching. Respect! Love you!