‘It’s good to hear The Pretenders again.’
It was these simple words that heralded the unforeseen return of the greatest group on the planet.
In a nutshell: Chrissie Hynde was working on solo project with the Black Key’s Dan Auerbach in his Nashville studio, organically recording the follow up to her 2014 album, the superb Stockholm.
The new record had been tentatively entitled Chrissie Hynde Practices Her Autograph.
Then it dawned that those driving guitars, ragged-but-righteous arrangements, the tough yet tender lyrics delivered by the most distinctive voice of a generation sounded fantastically familiar. Ultimately, this could only mean one thing: The Pretenders were back.