Stop Your Sobbing
Released in January 1979. This is the song that got me into the Pretenders and I’ve followed them ever since. Originally written by Ray Davies who said it was written about a former girlfriend. As fate would have it Chrissie and Ray had a relationship and had a daughter together. The video looks as though it was filmed in a rehearsal room. The Pretenders honing their skills.
Released in June 1979. The video was filmed at a fair and Chrissie said of it “It’s about a prostitute whose son finds out what she does for a living and this is her having a conversation with him. Not all songs are autobiographical”. It reached #33 in the UK charts
Day After Day
Taken from Pretenders II album it reached #45 in the UK charts. The video shows the band arriving in the US and traveling to the venue, before appearing on stage.
Released in November 1983 the song reached #15 in the UK Charts. The video shows the original lineup travelling on a tour bus in B&W, interspersed with colour footage of Pretenders MK2 (Robbie & Malcolm) this video first appeared on The Singles VHS.
Don’t Get me Wrong
Released August 5th 1986 it reached #10 in the UK charts. The video features Chrissie taking on the role of Emma Peel from The Avengers and actually includes Patrick Macnee as Steed, Chrissie is superimposed in the scene.
Released in March 1987 from the Get Close album the song didn’t do well in the UK reaching only #84. In the US it reached #1 on the US main chart. Features Blair Cunningham, TM Stevens, and Bernie Worrell in this video.
I’ll Stand By You
Released on the 21st July 1994 from the Last of the Independents album the song reached #10 in the UK charts. In the US Main, it reached #7. It was famously covered by Girls Aloud reaching the #1 spot in 2004. The video was different from what we had seen before with Chrissie looking after a man, stitching his clothes, and bathing him.
Taken from Viva El Amor the video features just Chrissie sat at a table in a hat. The song was originally recorded by the Divinyls and released in 1996.
Taken from Viva El Amor the video features the band then Adam, Andy and Martin. Chrissie is in sneering mode at other female pop stars of the time. As Chrissie says “No, they don’t make ’em like they use to. You should have just stuck with me”.
Boots Of Chinese Plastic
Taken from Break Up The Concrete released in October 2008 the video for Boots Of Chinese Plastic features the band then James, Nick, Martin and Eric Heywood mainly shot in silhouette. It reached #6 in the US Adult Chart.