Extended Play (Pretenders EP)

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Extended Play
Extended Play (Pretenders EP - cover art).jpg
EP by Pretenders
Released March 30, 1981
Recorded 1980–81
Genre Rock
Length 17:45
Label Sire
Producer Chris Thomas
Pretenders chronology
Extended Play
Pretenders II

Extended Play is a 1981 EP released by new wave band Pretenders. "Message of Love" and "Talk of the Town" were included on their second album released later in the year. "Porcelain" and "Cuban Slide", outtakes from the first album, were included on the 2006 remastered edition of Pretenders, as well as the Pirate Radio boxed set. The live version of "Precious" from Central Park was reissued on the 2015 UK boxset from Edsel / Rhino Records. It is on Disc One of the Pretenders debut album grouped with the B-sides bonus tracks.

This EP was released mainly in the US, not in the UK. In the UK the tracks were released as the singles "Message of Love" b/w "Porcelain" and "Talk of the Town" b/w "Cuban Slide". "Precious" is unique to this release though.

"Message of Love" contains the Oscar Wilde line "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" from the play Lady Windermere's Fan.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chrissie Hynde unless otherwise indicated.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars [3]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Message of Love" – 3:24
  2. "Talk of the Town" – 2:42 (edit of the 3:13 single)
  3. "Porcelain" 3:53

Side two[edit]

  1. "Cuban Slide" (Hynde, Honeyman-Scott) – 4:29
  2. "Precious" – 3:17 (Live in Central Park, August 30, 1980)




Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard Pop Albums 27


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 653. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.