The Pretenders

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The Pretenders
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Years Active 1978-present
Members see below

The Pretenders is an English punk rock band founded in London, England. They are best known for their albums The Pretenders (1980) and Pretenders II (1981), which include such hit singles as "Brass in Pocket (I'm Special)" and "Talk of the Town." Although their membership has changed over the years, two members have remained mostly constant:

  • Chrissie Hynde (songwriter, vocalist, guitarist 1978-present)
  • Martin Chambers (drummer 1978-1985 and 1993-present)

Other members over the band's history have included:

  • Billy Bremner (guitarist 1982)
  • Tony Butler (bassist 1982)
  • Blair Cunningham (drummer 1986-1987)
  • Pete Farndon (bassist 1978-1982)
  • Malcolm Foster (bassist 1983-1985)
  • Andy Hobson (bassist 1993-2006)
  • James Honeyman-Scott (guitarist 1978-1982)
  • Johnny Marr (guitarist 1987)
  • Robbie McIntosh (guitarist 1983-1987)
  • Adam Seymour (guitarist 1993-2008)
  • T.M. Stevens (bassist 1986-1987)
  • Bernie Worrell (keyboardist 1986-1987)

Roles

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Saturday Night Live Musical Guests 12x07 - Steve Guttenberg/The Pretenders and Buster Poindexter December 13, 1986
Saturday Night Live Musical Guests 19x19 - John Goodman/The Pretenders May 7, 1994

Talk Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Top of the Pops February 15, 1979
Top of the Pops July 19, 1979
Top of the Pops November 22, 1979
Top of the Pops December 18, 1979
Top of the Pops January 3, 1980
Top of the Pops January 17, 1980
Top of the Pops January 1, 1981
Top of the Pops February 12, 1981
Top of the Pops November 19, 1981
Top of the Pops December 15, 1983
Top of the Pops October 23, 1986
Tocata April 8, 1987
A Tope July 22, 1987
A Tope January 20, 1988
Pero Esto Qué Es? January 5, 1991
Top of the Pops April 21, 1994
Late Show with David Letterman Show 170 May 27, 1994
Top of the Pops July 7, 1994
Top of the Pops April 28, 1995
Late Show with David Letterman Show 1032 June 23, 1998
Late Show with David Letterman Show 1947 February 6, 2003
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn February 27, 2003
El Show de Flo May 14, 2003
Música Sí July 26, 2003
Today with Des and Mel September 30, 2003