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This is the most recent information about Pretenders that has been submitted to amIright. If we have more information about Pretenders, then we provide a link to the section where it appears (the actual page whenever possible).

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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

Crissy Hind& Pretenders

Band Name Origins:

  • Chrissie Hynde was just about to sign their first record deal, and realised they hadn't thought of a name. she looked around and they had some old records lying aobut, one of which was The Platters' "The Great Pretender". So she took it from that. Submitted by: Gino

Stupid Band Names:

  • It seems to imply that they don't really make music and are just faking it. But that's not the case. Submitted by: Calvin Amari

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Hymn To Her"'Lay me beside you, down on the floor, i've been your lover from the womb to the tomb'... - Andrew

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Middle Of The Street""Middle Of The Road"Jared Funk
"Don't Wear That Thong""Don't Get Me Wrong"Susan M.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"Night In My Veins,"Just impossible. Peter

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Crybaby," Melanie Martinez"Stop Your Sobbing," The Pretenders
"All I Ask," Adele"Don't Get Me Wrong," The Pretenders
"The Distance," Cake"2000 Miles," The Pretenders
"The Prettiest Star," David Bowie"Precious," The Pretenders
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Nigh In My Veins" originally "Night In My Veins"
Nigh, as in nearby
Thessaly Danes
"My City Was One" originally "My City Was Gone"
"Middle Of The Rod" originally "Middle Of The Road"
"Back On The Chain Gag" originally "Back On The Chain Gang"
Whatever gag one might do involving chain(s).
Julia Cox
"Back On The Chin Gang" originally "Back On The Chain Gang"
Whatever a chin gang might be.
Julia Cox

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"2,000 Smiles" originally "2,000 Miles "
And just in time for Christmas.
"Knight In My Veins" originally "Night In My Veins"
Penny Olivia Tyler
"Stalk Of The Town" originally "Talk Of The Town"
"Black On the Chain Gang" originally "Back On the Chain Gang"
Some people are probably gonna say, yeah how true.

Change a Letter:

"Night In My Veils" originally "Night In My Veins"
Thessaly Danes
"Fight In My Veins" originally "Night In My Veins"
Thessaly Danes
"Night On My Veins" originally "Night In My Veins"
Thessaly Danes
"Sight In My Veins" originally "Night In My Veins"
Thessaly Danes
"Right In My Veins" originally "Night In My Veins"
Thessaly Danes

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Back On The Chain Gang""(Romney Will Put Y'All) Back On The Chain Gang"Hu's On First
"Jealous Dogs""Sell Us Clogs"Porfle Popnecker
"My City Was Gone""My Lyrics Were Gone"Porfle Popnecker
"Back On The Chain Gang""Back On The Cain Train"Hu's On First
"Brass in Pocket""Bulb and Socket"Porfle Popnecker
"Louie, Louie""Louie, Louie"metaphorsbwithu
"Brass In Pocket""Plugs In Sockets"Mark Scotti
"Back On The Chain Gang""Back With The Same Gang"Malcolm Higgins
"I'll Stand by You""Just Ban Their Food (the China song)"MrMacphisto
"Brass in Pocket""(I Need) Cash, I'll Hock It"McKludge

There are additional song parodies available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
I'll Stand By YouSpinal Injury UnitFussBudgetVanPelt

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
I Can See For Miles
   The Who
2000 Miles
I Can See For 2000 Miles
Road To Nowhere
   Talking Heads
Middle Of The Road
   The Pretenders
Road To The Middle Of Nowhere
My Boyfriend's Back
   The Angels
Back On The Chain Gang
   The Pretenders
My Boyfriend's Back On The Chain Gang
500 Miles
   Peter, Paul & Mary
2,000 Miles
   The Pretenders
2,500 Miles
There are additional Pretenders duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Great Pretenders
Great White combined with The Pretenders
Title of a TV game show about music that aired on what used to be the Family Channel from 1999 into the early 2000s.
Submitted By: Gigi
The Pretender Slim
Tender Slim combined with The Pretenders
Submitted By: Miss Elanius

Misheard Lyrics:

"Middle of the Road"
Misheard Lyrics:
Like frakka shakka rak and keys to the city
Original Lyrics:
Like fat guys driving 'round in jeeps through the city
Misheard Lyrics:
I'm not made of store
Original Lyrics:
I'm not made of stone
"Brass in Pocket"
Misheard Lyrics:
Gonna make you, make you, make you nonsense
Original Lyrics:
Gonna make you, make you, make you notice
"Stop Your Sobbing"
Misheard Lyrics:
Gotta stop sucking that wood
Original Lyrics:
Gotta stop sobbing now
There are additional Pretenders misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Brass in Pocket"
Misheard Lyrics:
Gonna use my arse
Gonna use my legs
Gonna use my style
Gonna use my sausage
Original Lyrics:
Gonna use my arms
Gonna use my legs
Gonna use my style
Gonna use my sidestep

Story about this misheard lyric by: Michael

I was a teenager when this song came out, and up until a few minutes before submitting this, I had no idea what she could possibly be singing other than "sausage". I figured out it was "arms" during the first listening way back when, but to this day it still sounds to me like "arse".

There are additional misheard stories available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Brass In Pocket (I'm Special)"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Got a new skank, so reet.
Why They're Nonsensical:
Is Chrissie a lesbian because she has a new 'skank' (whatever that is)? And I suppose she uses 'reet' in the next phrase (rather than the usual word, "right"), because she wants to rhyme it with "can't miss a beat"... most of us don't know the word 'reet'!
Submitted by: Dobbs

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"No Guarantee"
The Dirty Lyrics:
Oh, guarantee when you're coming in me
You got a rubber on, baby
Guarantee when I love you for free
I'm gonna pay one day
Oh, guarantee
When you sock it to me
When you punch it to me
When you hook it to me
When you knock it to me
When you talk it to me
You guarantee, my love
Why They're Dirty:
These lyrics are pretty self-explanatory. Some of them use boxing metaphors worthy of Muhammad Ali. The man has a rubber on. Right at the song's end, after some electric studio racket, Chrissie proclaims, "I knew you were rubbish!". Yeah, rubbish even when using a rubber. Go figure.
Submitted by: Ramses Rock

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"Message Of Love"
The Lyrics:
Now the reason we're here
As man and woman
Is to love each other Take care of each other
When love walks in the room
Everybody stand up
Oh its good, good, good
Like Brigitte Bardot
Who They Mention:
Brigitte Bardot
Submitted by: Super Holly

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

Opening Lines:
Kid, what changed your mood.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
"Private Life"
Opening Lines:
Your private life baby drama leave me out.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
There are additional Pretenders spelling lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Don't Get Mew, Ron G." originally "Don't Get Me Wrong"
Submitted by: Evil Olive
"Never Dot Hat" originally "Never Do That"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Mess Age Of Love" originally "Message Of Love"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Bras Sin Pocket" originally "Brass In Pocket"
Wonder what Chrissie Hynde & the guys were up to?
Submitted by: George Straitjacket

Band Name Anagrams:

Pester The Nerd Submitted by: Carrie Overwood
Tend Reps There Submitted by: Peggy Pollock
Reps, as in short for representatives
Render The Pest Submitted by: Penni
The Tender Reps Submitted by: Peggy Pollock
Reps, as in short for representatives
Render The Pets Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale

There are additional Band Name Anagrams available.

Song Title Anagrams:

"Riddle Of A Method" originally "Middle Of The Road"
Submitted by: Joe
"O Dear, Fiddle Moth" originally "Middle Of The Road"
Submitted by: Ben Dover
"Cheap Hen Toll" originally "The Phone Call"
Submitted by: Becky Bright
"No Tech Help, Al" originally "The Phone Call"
Submitted by: Becky Bright
"Cellphone Hat" originally "The Phone Call"
Submitted by: Becky Bright

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"My City was Gone"
The Lyrics:
From Seneca to Cuyahoga Falls.
Both Seneca and Cuyahoga Falls are suburbs of Akron, Ohio.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Pass Been Rocket" originally "Brass In Pocket"
Submitted by: Linda Radnil
"Rails in the Node" originally "Nails In The Road"
Submitted by: Lefty Lucy
"Riddle Of The Mode" originally "Middle Of The Road"
Submitted by: Regina Haniger
"Pose In Bracket" originally "Brass In Pocket"
Must be an NCAA type of thing.
Submitted by: Peter
"Riddle Of The Mode" originally "Middle Of The Road"
Submitted by: Peter

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"Back On The Chain Gang"
The Lyrics:
The powers that be
That force us to live like we do
Bring me to my knees
When I see what they've done to you
But I'll die as I stand here today
Knowing that deep in my heart
They'll fail to ruin one day For making us part
A Top five song for the Pretenders back in 1983, "Back On The Chain Gang" is such a depressing tune, but with a great dance hall style beat. The words read as though even when you succeed in love (which is definitely not a given in this song), it still feels like way too much work to deal with it. Makes you wonder why anyone would fall in love?
Submitted by: Peter

Band Name Spoonerisms:

The Pee Trenders originally "The Pretenders"
Submitted by: Regina Haniger

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