Learning to Crawl

Rhino/Warner Bros.
Release date
3 Aug 2004
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Pretenders - Middle of the Road 5:18 58,467
2 Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang 5:20 19,908
3 Pretenders - Time The Avenger 4:55 1,647
4 Pretenders - Watching The Clothes 2:53 1,075
5 Pretenders - Show Me 4:08 3,823
6 Pretenders - Thumbelina 3:17 1,421
7 Pretenders - My City Was Gone 4:32 3,519
8 Pretenders - Thin Line Between Love And Hate 3:40 3,969
9 Pretenders - I Hurt You 4:39 1,192
10 Pretenders - 2000 Miles 3:37 32,284

About this album

Chrissie Hynde took a long, hard road to rock & roll stardom, but when her band, the Pretenders, finally broke through in 1979, they wasted no time, growing from promising newcomers on the British music scene to major international stardom with a pair of smash albums to their credit in a mere three years. But the Pretenders’ meteoric rise came to a crashing halt in 1982, when drug abuse claimed the life of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and forced Hynde and drummer Martin Chambers to dump bassist Pete Farndon, who would also succumb to an OD in April 1983. Hynde was forced by circumstance to reinvent the Pretenders for their third album, 1984’s Learning to Crawl, but if the new edition of the group lacked some of the spark of the band that made the first two LPs, through sheer force of will Hynde created a masterpiece. While Hynde hardly held back in her emotionally potent songwriting in the Pretenders’ early work, on Learning to Crawl there’s a gravity to her lyrics that blended with her tough but wiry melodic sense and streetwise intelligence to create a set of truly remarkable tunes. “Back on the Chain Gang” is a touching tribute to her fallen comrades that still sounds bitterly rueful, “Middle of the Road” is a furious rocker that explores the emotional and physical toll of a musician’s life, “Time the Avenger” is a taut, literate examination of a businessman’s adulterous relationship, “My City Was Gone” deals with the economic and cultural decay of the Midwest in a manner both pithy and genuinely heartfelt, and “2000 Miles” is a Christmas number that demonstrates Hynde can be warm without getting sappy.

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  • SSBN623

    squirt, jim simon here seein' you are hittin' the road . . . could you take these stinky panties i understand nothin' cums between you and you calvin kliens except the roadies

    9 Mar 6:38pm Reply
  • kismetcow

    Just a fantastic collection songs.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Ksimi

    Get the tags right lfm

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • prominence_la

    I'm spinning this for the first time - and I'm falling in love with The Pretenders all over again.

    16 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Betomarcondes

    Muitooo foda!!

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • dany_hplover

    Such a fantastic record, personally my favorite from them.

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • creepinmaster

    highly underrated album.

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • jemptymethod

    agree, this a great early 80s album

    13 Aug 2008 Reply
  • johnnynuxxx

    Wow, not shouts and almost no plays from a really good 80's album. Best songs Show Me, 2000 Miles

    8 Apr 2008 Reply

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