Hot Press / May 4, 1994
It's been four years and several line-up changes in the making but industry insiders are confidently predicting
that Last Of The Independents will be The Pretenders' biggest commercial triumph yet.
Joining founder members Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers on this album are former Primitives bass player Andy
Hobson and Katydids guitarist Adam Seymour who also figures prominently in the songwriting credits.
"Some women need a man," jokes Hynde, "I need a band! Adam's become like a partner to me which is
something that's been missing since Jimmy (Honeyman-Scott) died."
The singer also admits that she's "gotten enormous strength" from being re-united with Chambers who by
the time of 1986's disappointing Get Close LP had debunked to Dave Stewart & The Spiritual Cowboys.
"I missed him terribly," she reveals. "Both he and I were floundering - and probably not playing
well - and I needed someone to kick me in the ass and inspire me. We went through one song and it was the same
buzz as when we first played together. No one has that swing and feel."
While the original intention was to use Bob Clearmountain throughout, Hynde brought in Stephen Street to produce
four tracks - 'Money Talk,' 'All My Dreams,' '977' and 'Love Colours' - after working with him on the Jimi Hendrix
Stone Free Tribute.
"They kind of save the album's ass, in my estimation," she adds, "Before it was a bit 'rock-light'
but now it's, "Hello, people. This is a band and we're going for it!"
The other good news is that despite a past reluctance to tour, The Pretenders are planning to head out on the summer
festival circuit with UK and Irish dates to follow in the autumn.
"I'm chomping at the bit," Hynde gushes. "Just get me on stage so we can do our fucking songs. Child-rearing
has its moments but there's nothing like living out of a suitcase and, believe me, I've looked!"