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
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Extended Play is a 1981 EP released by new wave band Pretenders. "Message of Love" and "Talk of the Town" featured on this EP were also included on their second album Pretenders II released later the same year. "Porcelain" and "Cuban Slide", outtakes from their Pretenders debut album, were included on Disc Two of the 2006 remastered edition of their debut album and on the Pirate Radio box set. The live version of "Precious" on this EP, recorded at their August 30, 1980 New York Central Park performance, has still yet to be released on CD. The booklet for Disc One of the Pretenders debut album from the 2015 UK Edsel / Rhino Records box set 1979-1999 incorrectly states "Precious" (track 17) is from that Central Park performance but it's from their March 23, 1980 Boston performance that's also on Disc Two of the 2006 remastered edition of their debut album.

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.

"Message of Love" contains the line: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" from the Oscar Wilde 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.