Last of the Independents

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Last of the Independents
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Studio album by The Pretenders
Released 9 May 1994 (UK)
10 May 1994 (US)
Recorded 1993–94
Studio The Townhouse Studio, London and Sarm Studio West, London and The Wool Hall, Bath
Genre Rock, alternative rock
Length 49:14
Label Sire
WEA Records
Producer Stephen Street, Ian Stanley, Chris Thomas
The Pretenders chronology
Last of the Independents
The Isle of View
(1995)The Isle of View1995

Last of the Independents is the sixth album by rock group The Pretenders, released in 1994. For this album, the band is officially credited as being Chrissie Hynde (vocals, guitar), Adam Seymour (guitar), Andy Hobson (bass) and Martin Chambers (drums). However, this line-up only plays together on one track ("All My Dreams"); the rest of the album is performed by Hynde and Seymour in conjunction with a rotating series of musicians on bass and drums. These musicians include Hobson and Chambers, as well as bassists Andy Rourke, Tom Kelly and David Paton, and drummers Jimmy Copley and J.F.T. Hood. A few other session musicians also appear, including Ian Stanley, and one-time Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh, who plays alongside Hynde and Seymour on "I'm a Mother".

The album also marked the official return of Chambers, who had been fired by Hynde eight years prior.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars (June 1994)[5]
(favourable) (December 1994)[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hollywood Perfume" (Chrissie Hynde, Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly) – 3:55
  2. "Night in My Veins" (Hynde, Steinberg, Kelly) – 3:15
  3. "Money Talk" (Hynde) – 3:38
  4. "977" (Hynde, Steinberg, Kelly) – 3:54
  5. "Revolution" (Hynde) – 4:32
  6. "All My Dreams" (Hynde) – 3:12
  7. "I'll Stand by You" (Hynde, Steinberg, Kelly) – 3:59
  8. "I'm a Mother" (Hynde, J.F.T. Hood) – 5:18
  9. "Tequila" (Hynde) – 1:13
  10. "Every Mother's Son" (Hynde) – 3:41
  11. "Rebel Rock Me" (Hynde) – 3:08
  12. "Love Colours" (Hynde, Steinberg, Kelly) – 4:32
  13. "Forever Young" (Bob Dylan) – 5:04

Note: The version of "Tequila" presented here is an arrangement of a fragment of the song. Full versions can be heard on the two-CD version of Pretenders and the Pirate Radio box set.


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[8] Gold 86,000[9]


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ "Classic Plunder". 
  3. ^ "Last of the Independents". 13 May 1994. 
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: pretenders". 
  5. ^ "Pretenders - Last of the Independents CD Album". 
  6. ^ "Pretenders: Last Of The Independents : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 1 October 2007. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "French album certifications – The Pretenders – Last of the Independents" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  9. ^ "Les Albums Or". SNEP. Retrieved 2011-08-31.