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The Pretenders - Pretenders II CD UDSACD2056

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The Pretenders - Pretenders II CD UDSACD2056

The success of the Pretenders' debut album in 1980 created a great demand for more material from the fledgling band; however, a lack of songs precluded the quick release of a follow-up album. In the UK, the band released two hit singles in 1980 and early 1981: "Talk of the Town" and "Message of Love," respectively. In the US, where standalone singles had become rare, these tracks were combined with three others for a stopgap EP release called Extended Play, in March 1981. Their second album, Pretenders II, was released a scant two months later, to mixed critical reception, partly because two of the better songs on the album had been previously released, and partly because many of the songs were viewed as overly-similar (though not quite as groundbreaking) to the band's debut. Nevertheless, several of the album's songs became hits and the album has increased in critical stature with time.

The album is notable for the inclusion of a cover of The Kinks' "I Go to Sleep" (they had covered that band's "Stop Your Sobbing" on their debut album, and band leader Chrissie Hynde would have a personal relationship with Kinks' frontman Ray Davies), as well as the sexually-forward tunes "Bad Boys Get Spanked" and "The Adultress". 

Perhaps the album's most ambitious track, "Day After Day" spins a common second-album narrative of unaccustomed celebrity, with the band rushing from gig to gig, hotel to hotel, head-spun from the swiftness of it all. 

The song ends suddenly, mid-guitar-solo, with the sound of a crashing fighter plane. The song "Louie, Louie" is an original composition and not a version of identically titled and often covered song by Richard Berry.


  1. The Adultress    3:55
  2. Bad Boys Get Spanked    4:04
  3. Message Of Love    3:26
  4. I Go To Sleep    2:55
  5. Birds Of Paradise    4:14
  6. Talk Of The Town    2:45
  7. Pack It Up    3:50
  8. Waste Not Want Not    3:43
  9. Day After Day    3:45
  10. Jealous Dogs    5:36
  11. The English Roses    4:28
  12. Louie Louie    3:30

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