Formed March 1978.

English-American rock band



Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in Hereford, England, in March 1978. The original band comprised initiator and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Pete Farndon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Martin Chambers (drums, backing vocals, percussion). Following the drug-related deaths of Honeyman-Scott and Farndon, the band has experienced numerous subsequent personnel changes, with Hynde as the only consistent member, and Chambers returning after an absence of several years.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Best Of/Break Up The Concrete

    The Best Of/Break Up The Concrete 2009

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    To hear them again is akin to very good friends returning from afar.
  2. Review of Pretenders II

    Pretenders II 1986

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Stripped of the makeweight associations II is a shining example of all that was great...
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