Yes, you all know that Chrissie Hynde was the driving force behind The Pretenders. She was the “face” of the band, and was the one who was featured in the videos. In fact, can you even name any other members of the band? Hmmm… interesting.
Pirate Radio is a 4-CD box set that really is designed for those who are not necessarily diehard fans. It’s one of the few box sets that acts as a true retrospective of the band, and not just the hits, or just the obscure stuff. All the favorites are definitely here – the groove of “Brass In Pocket,” the roar of “Middle Of The Road,” and the ultra-catchy hook of “Back On The Chain Gang.”
Without question, there’s plenty of music here that any fan of classic hard rock in the ’80s will remember. Mixed around it are a lot of cool album tracks. Most surprising to me was the inclusion of songs like “Night In My Veins”; a song that sounds almost nothing like most of their catalog.
Pirate Radio is broken down into two distinct parts. The first 2 CDs cover what most people would call the “classic” era for The Pretenders. Full of oddities, rare tracks, live tracks and hits, this is the era of The Pretenders that most people will probably remember. Discs 3 and 4 cover the more recent era of their material, and being honest, not a whole lot of it was recognizable to me. It wasn’t brilliant either.
RATING – 7/10 – Calling a spade a spade, no box set is ever that good unless you are the most loyal diehard listener ever. This one is no exception, but it’s much better than the average box set is. Full of hits, rarities, demos and more, Pirate Radio is good for both the diehards, and good for a fan of a song or two who wants to hear more.