PRETENDERS – “Stop Your Sobbing” / “The Wait” (ARE 6) February 1979
Released February 1979 and a relatively small hit single for The Pretenders, reaching #34 in the British chart. Quite a faithful rendition of The Kinks number but with guitar jangle and that distinctive Chrissie Hynde double tracked vocal, produced by Nick Lowe.
Younger readers take note: an immense amount of today’s records are deliberately or indirectly based on Anglo-American pop / rock of the late ’50s and early ’60s.
There’s no better example than this vaguely Phil Spector influenced, Nick Lowe produced, instant hit (we hope) – featuring the multi-tracked vocal charms of Ms Chrissie Hynde. Great stuff. (Smash Hits, 08/02/79)