Chrissie Hynde's new album, Stockholm" is her solo debut, and the first album in her 35-year career without the Pretenders name on the cover.
The solo album isn't what she originally had in mind, but it's how it evolved. Hynde is quick to point out that the album is collaborative. There's a Neil Young song on the album, a song that went from "sounding" like a Neil Young song, to the song Neil Young was invited (and accepted) to sing. It's supposed to be one of the best tracks.
Hynde kicks some a&$ in an interview article (NOTE: You will love what she has to say ... check it out):
"Hynde, 62, has had some wild times. She lost two founding members of the Pretenders to drug-related deaths in the 1980s. Now she's fit, vegetarian and an outspoken animal-rights activist. But she still yearns for the days when rock 'n' roll was dangerous."It is a dying breed," Hynde said. "The whole idea of it was you were living outside the law, it was anti-establishment."
"(Now) you're swept up in this congratulatory Grammy culture. ... When I see someone holding their little statue crying, I don't know where to look, I'm so embarrassed."
And yet the Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Hynde says she accepted mostly because her parents would have been "crushed" if she'd said no.
"But the truth is, it's made rock 'n' roll an establishment. It's turned it into an institution. So if I was 16 now, I don't know what I'd be doing, but probably not trying to get in a rock 'n' roll band."
Hynde is impatient with questions about her role as a female rock pioneer. She says being a woman never held her back in the macho music world.
She has always demanded equal treatment, and got it. She told her record company that she'd happily promote her new album in the media — with one exception.
"I'm not going to talk to fashion magazines. I said, 'If they won't have Lemmy" — Motorhead's gnarly frontman — "don't ask me.'"
Album release was Tuesday, June 10th.