Formed in the late '70s, the Pretenders' original lineup -- fronted by Chrissie Hynde's voice of the ages -- made melodic, intelligent guitar rock that straddled the line between punk's rawness and the ear candy of new wave pop, with a touch of '60s influence. For their first couple of albums, the band seemed untouchable, but the untimely deaths of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon threw the remaining Pretenders for a loop. They rebounded gorgeously, however, with 1984's Learning to Crawl, and soldiered on from there. Decades later, the Pretenders, and Hynde, remain rock legends. ~ Rovi Staff
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