Posts Tagged ‘The Pretenders’

If you know the Wild Heart well, you know that there is a few musical things that are important to her……..or at least she thinks is pretty interesting:

  • Stevie Nicks – heck she named the blog after her album The Wild Heart because, after all, it is a pretty good album.
  • all things classic rock/pop
  • God – well that one goes without saying
  • all things related to the 80’s – all inclusive on this one
  • record stores
  • Grooveshark – pretty groovy little music service introduced to me by my ex-boyfriend.

And lastly, the early days of a certain network that no longer lives up to its own name: MTV. Since it’s inception in 1981, one thing has changed vastly: technology. Remember the days where you would wait around the radio or the television to listen to your favorite song. I know I did it with pretty much any song by either LeAnn Rimes, Avalon (christian band), Point of Grace (another Christian band – think the christian equivalent of the Spice Girls), etc.

Well now no thanks to technology, iTunes and some amazing web developers who probably love music as much as I do, you can now listen to whatever song whenever you want.

Since I (and hopefully you) are a big fan of old skool MTV, I decided to make a playlist out of the 1st 24 hours of MTV. However, there are a few songs that we couldn’t find on Grooveshark right now. Songs like Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden, Little Suzi’s on the Up by PHD, In the Air Tonite by Phil Collins, Lucille, by Rockestra, Remote Control/Illegal by the Silencers, Hold On To The Night by Boot Camp, Victim by Boot Camp, Oh God I Wish I Was Home Tonite by Rod Stewart, Cruel You by the Shoes, Calling All Girls by Hilly Michaels, Let’s Go by the Cars, Riding Out the Storm by REO Speedwagon, I Don’t Want To Know by Robin Lane and the Chartbusters, Kid Blue by Louise Goffin, In My Arms Again by the Shoes, and finally Victim by Bootcamp.



It was one of those rare nights where sports and music peacefully coexisted at Pennison’s Sports Bar in the Copperfield district of Houston, TX with Spare Parts Saturday night.

The band opened the night with an exquisite rendition of the Pretenders 1979 classic Brass In Pocket. One of the best things about their cover is they make it their own but, at the same time, they never compromise the original Pretenders song.

However, things were kicked into high gear with a rendition of Bad Day by Fuel, which was made better by due to its lead-in of I Want You To Want Me by Cheap Trick. One person even got up and danced!

Things were put into orbit though when they started playing some of their material from Linda and her husband-guitarist Mike Lambert’s other band, Spare Heart – a tribute to Heart. The guitarist from Staci’s Edge (and guitarist for Spare Heart), Staci Butler, joined them onstage for a few songs including the explosively amazing Straight On, Even It Up, and the ever-popular Barracuda.

One of the best things about this band is the fact that they played some of their original material in addition to their covers. One of these original pieces, Ain’t No Way To Say I Love You, sounded quite a bit like a team-up of CCM artist Margaret Becker and MercyMe. However, lead vocalist Linda Lambert absolutely shines with her jazzy-style vocals.

Overall, if you ever get the chance to see this band or hear them at a local bar, this is one band that you should definitely take notice. Also check out their tribute band Spare Heart – a tribute to the band Heart, who will be performing at 9 pm Saturday, October 1, at the Concert Pub on 2470 FM 1960 W.

If you have followed the Wild Heart for awhile (ok this blog is only a couple of months old people!) you probably have figured out

"Ladies and Gentlemen....rock & roll!"

by now that there are 3 musical things that the Wild Heart is passionate about: the 80’s, Fleetwood Mac, and early Mtv.

Now once upon a time there was a little network called Mtv, where all 3 of those little passions would have gotten fed had I been born earlier (like in 1970 or earlier). But alas, I was born in the mid 80’s.

Aside from the fact that I was not allowed to watch it as a young girl due to religious upbringing (I was more into VH1 anyway!) and I was just too young to get it, I missed the good years of MTV. But now, I can watch them on a little channel on YouTube that someone has made that is 100% devoted to the 1st 24 hours of MTV – even right down to the commercials that were aired during those 1st 24 hours of amazingness. Talk about a meticulous recreation! All I need now is a long HDMI cable and the time and patience to put all the videos in order in a playlist and one day I shall have a little MTV video party!

Anyways here are 10 reasons I have become obsessed with this little channel and why you should be too!

  1. MTV was launched on August 1st, 1981. I, along with a few others I know, were born in the mid to late 80s. We missed all the good stuff on MTV.
  2. When was the last time you saw a historical musical event like this that aired on television with the original commercials? The answer is never. Sometimes watching a historical event (such as the local news breaking into a trailer for Zoolander to show the events that would be forever remembered as September 11th) is kinda like reading a passage out of the Bible: won’t make sense unless you read it in context. Same goes for commercials. In this case, it shows you what was popular at the time.
  3. If you ask the Wild Heart, this is the absolute best mix of videos ever made: the Who, Pretenders, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Todd Rundgren. It’s the visual equivalent of my (and maybe your) iPod mix.
  4. Ladies – Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman. Need I say more?
  5. Kids, this is what MTV used to be like. Not that horrible Jersey Shore crap!
  6. Good music lives on – sometimes even past the time of the artist and time of actual release. For example: a few years ago me and a friend went to see Heart, Journey and Cheap Trick together. My friend was about 19 and I was 22. I was expecting people at that concert as old as my parents. I was really surprised to see people both my parents age as well as my age at the concert. Furthermore, I even remember my friend telling me that some of her friends were jealous of her for going to the concert. It’s kinda cool to know that some of these artists are now in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
  7. It’s kinda cool to see some vintage artist interviews from the likes of REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, etc.
  8. The technical issues give it a sense of realism – like as if you are watching it live when it first aired, not on YouTube.
  9. You can feed your inner rockstar.
  10. I want to see the REO Speedwagon concert…….not.

The pretenders

The Pretenders grow up with the release of "Learning to Crawl."

Any true punk rocker or feminist should love the Pretenders. Over time, Chrissie Hynde has brought the band from  underground U.K. band to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend status. Learning to Crawl is quite possibly the quintessential Pretenders album that shows both their artistry and maturity.

The record starts out strong with Middle of the Road, which comes complete with a searing harmonica solo done by Hynde and driving rhythm guitar.

However, the album shines on the song My City Was Gone in which Hynde laments about how her hometown of Akron, OH. The main highlight of this song though is not the lyrics, but very-repetitive bass line. Ironically enough, the song is now the theme to The Rush Limbaugh Show.

Overall, the album is a great album that shows that this band can hold its own against other classic rock bands.

Also, be sure to listen to the hit song Back On the Chain Gang – a tribute to fallen band members James Honeyman-Scott, who died of a drug overdose.