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Chrissie Hyndie and Martin Chambers are the two remaining members of The Pretenders, a band formed in 1978 by them (Chrissie , vocals and guitar, Martin drums) and by Pete Fardon (bass guitar) and James Honeyman Scott (lead guitar and keyboards).

Unfortunately the drugs toke away from us Pete and James while they were still very young (James was 25 and Pete was 30).

The Pretenders have been inducted in 2005 in the Rock n Roll hall of fame; during that occasion Chrissie, interviewed by Neil Young said: “I know that The Pretenders have looked like a tribute band for the last 20 years. And actually they are a tribute band. And we’re paying tribute to James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon, without whom we wouldn’t be here. And on the other hand, without us, they might have been here, but that’s the way it works in rock ‘n’ roll”

Today’s song is “Brass in Pocket” that was co-written by Chrissie and James in 1979 and part of the album “Pretenders”.

The song was the third single released from the album in 1980.

The title of the song is using a slang of the North of England where the word “brass” means money.

It came from a member of the supporting band “Strangeways” that said to Chrissie, “if you find brass in those trousers then those  are mine!”.

As many of the songs that later become famousbrass in pocket , Brass in Pocket was not liked by the band……that at the end decided to release it anyway.

It became one of their best song.



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