Last of the Independents

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Last of the Independents
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Studio album by
Released9 May 1994
RecordedOctober 1993–February 1994
StudioThe Townhouse Studio, London and Sarm Studio West, London and The Wool Hall, Bath
GenreRock, alternative rock
WEA Records
ProducerStephen Street, Ian Stanley, Chris Thomas
The Pretenders chronology
Last of the Independents
The Isle of View
Singles from Last of the Independents
  1. "I'll Stand by You"
    Released: April 1994 (UK), July 1994 (US)
  2. "Night in My Veins"
    Released: June 1994
  3. "977"
    Released: October 1994

Last of the Independents is the sixth studio 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 (formerly of Tears for Fears), 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
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars (June 1994)[5]
(favourable) (December 1994)[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 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.



Chart (1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts)[8] 22

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[9] Gold 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 600,000[11]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  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. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  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. rolling stone the pretenders album guide.
  8. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  9. ^ "French album certifications – The Pretenders – The Last Of The Independants" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  10. ^ "British album certifications – The Pretenders – Last of the Independents". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 12 December 2018. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Last of the Independents in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  11. ^ "Xx Marks the Spot". Billboard. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – The Pretenders – Last of the Independents". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.