For many years, Pretenders’ leader, Chrissie Hynde, had a difficult relationship with her band’s breakthrough hit, Brass In Pocket. It rewarded the group with their first major success when it soared to No.1 in the UK in January 1980 – becoming the first new UK No.1 of the decade – and it arguably remains her signature song. Yet, while she’s made her peace with it now, she didn’t initially understand why Brass In Pocket had such mass appeal.
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“It sounded like it was trying to be a Motown song”
“I did not like it at first,” Hynde told American Songwriter in 2019. “I said that would go out over my dead body. That was my famous quote.”
Hynde went on to explain her reasoning, saying she felt Brass In Pocket “didn’t think it knew what it was”, adding, “I thought it sounded like it was trying to be a Motown song, but it didn’t quite make it for me.”