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
Length49:14
LabelSire
WEA Records
ProducerStephen Street, Ian Stanley, Chris Thomas
The Pretenders chronology
Packed!
(1990)
Last of the Independents
(1994)
The Isle of View
(1995)
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 marked the official return of Chambers, who had been fired by Hynde eight years prior.

In addition to the cover of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" that was previously recorded for the film With Honors and later used in end credits to Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, the album also featured several songs Hynde co-wrote with the songwriting team of Billy Steinberg and Kelly, who wrote several hits for other musicians. That collaboration resulted in singles "Night In My Veins" and "I'll Stand By You" with the latter becoming a hit. [1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Chicago Tribune[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Rolling Stone (June 1994)[6]
(favourable) (December 1994)[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[8]

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, as well as the 1995 single release of "2000 Miles" and "Happy Christmas".

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for Last of the Independents
Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 22
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 36
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[11] 50
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 42
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[13] 14
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[14] 16
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 26
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 8
US Billboard 200[18] 41

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[19] Gold 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 600,000[21]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Songwriter Billy Steinberg has Palm Springs Roots". 31 March 2017.
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ "Classic Plunder". chicagotribune.com.
  4. ^ "Last of the Independents". Entertainment Weekly. 13 May 1994.
  5. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: pretenders". www.robertchristgau.com.
  6. ^ "Pretenders – Last of the Independents CD Album". www.cduniverse.com.
  7. ^ "Pretenders: Last of the Independents : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. 1 October 2007. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Pretenders – Last of the Independents". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Pretenders – Last of the Independents" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Pretenders – Last of the Independents" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Pretenders – Last of the Independents" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – Pretenders – Last of the Independents". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Pretenders – Last of the Independents". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Pretenders – Last of the Independents". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Pretenders – Last of the Independents". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  17. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  18. ^ "Pretenders Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  19. ^ "French album certifications – The Pretenders – The Last of the Independants" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  20. ^ "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.
  21. ^ "Xx Marks the Spot". Billboard. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – The Pretenders – Last of the Independents". Recording Industry Association of America.