ROCK HISTORY | PoP LEGENDS | POP CLASSIC SONG : PRETENDERS – “BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG” (1982) [PoP20 REMIX]

PRETENDERS “Back on the Chain Gang” (off the album, Learning to Crawl)

Although Learning to Crawl was released in 1984, the single “Back on the Chain Gang” saw light of day two years earlier as a response to the deaths of both James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon, the Pretenders’ guitarist and bassist respectively.

Yet, out of tragedy, Chrissie Hynde managed to achieve her highest US charting song with “Back on the Chain Gang”. The hooks are aplenty – the lead guitar that opens the track (and re-appears before the middle eight), the “hoo-hah” chants of the chain gang and Hynde’s gorgeous heartfelt vocal.

Personally, it is one of our favorite songs of all time. we can never tire of listening to its melancholy charm.

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