Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Chrissie Hynde Is 60

Happy birthday to Christine Ellen Hynde, who turns 60 today. I could have chosen almost anything from her catalog to accompany this post, since it's all great, but I'm going with this one because, despite its ubiquity upon its release and the way it has sort of become a "background song" that you don't really notice anymore because you've heard it so many times, it is actually a rather terrific piece of work, and if you give it a good listen you are guaranteed a smile. Anyway, Chrissie Hynde, you are awesome. Many happy returns.

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Dave Bry (#422)

Safe to assume that she'll be the one giving 60 spankings, not getting them. She really is the best.

barnhouse (#1,326)

The ex-Mrs. Ray Davies!! Lawd.

LondonLee (#922)

And the ex-Mrs. Jim Kerr

saythatscool (#101)

@LondonLee The almost Mrs. Sid Vicious

saythatscool (#101)

My favorite lady.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Some friends of mine played a Halloween party as The Pretenders last year. I told them they should've had fewer and fewer people on stage with each somg.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Sincere Balk always makes me uneasy.

The other day my wife, upon hearing "Mystery Achievement," said, "She sounds like Gwen Stefani." Casual Googling doesn't reveal many direct comparisons between Chrissie and Gwen, but the two appear in common on many "inspired by" lists. I can't decide how I feel about that.

sunnyciegos (#551)

@Setec Astrology Yikes. I like Gwen Stefani, but I can't think of any reason to compare them except they are women fronting an all-male rock band, and there aren't many of them. Kinda reduces both of them.

laurel (#4,035)

@sunnyciegos: Chrissie isn't fronting an all-male rock band. The band has been a changing roster of men backing her.

mrschem (#1,757)

@laurel word.

@Setec Astrology Hmmm. I'mm not hearing it. Stefani often goes into a little girl pouty voice that I suspect Hynde would rather set herself on fire sooner than resort to.

SuperMargie (#1,263)

She was the best role model in the 80's. All my friends wanted to look like Madonna and Cyndi Lauper and I stuck with bangs and thick black eyeliner and never looked back.

laurel (#4,035)

@SuperMargie: So much yes. Yay, alternative forms of feminine beauty.

BadUncle (#153)

I wish I still had my Pretenders button. HB, Chrissie!

Ledrew (#654)

So good, always. The icing on the cake for me was discovering her in England, 1974, via ENGLAND'S DREAMING: The cool just know where to be. And when.

laurel (#4,035)

@Ledrew: That book. I read around in it way more often than is reasonable.

She rocked the shit out of Summer Stage two years ago, don't see any reason for her to stop.

mrschem (#1,757)

saw her this summer in London. severely star-struck, I was.

laurel (#4,035)

What were they putting in the water in Ohio in the 1970s?

LondonLee (#922)

I had a major crush on her in my late teens, hearing her voice on 'Kid' still turns me to jelly.

Saw the original line-up at the Hammersmith Palais in 1979. Fuck, they were good, Chrissie in those leather trousers shouting "Fuck Off!" is burned into my memory.

@LondonLee #922 I'm with you on the Chrissie crush. Kid, Talk of the Town and don't get me started on the bad girl songs. I first saw them in Aug 1980 at the HeatWave Festival(see wiki) outside Toronto. One of my most prized possessions was the Pretenders t-shirt I got at that show. It had the picture of all 4 from the album cover on the front and Pete Farndons Triumph Wings across the back with "1980 Canadian Tour" printed inside the wings. I saw Chrissie perform last summer '10 in New England. I've never asked for an autograph before, but I brought my 1980 tour shirt to see if I could get her to sign it. I had to wait for a couple of hours after the show, but as promised she did sign it for me. I also have to thank the lovely British roadie chick who helped facilitate everything. Thanks!

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