To combat what Chrissie Hynde saw as creeping malaise, she turned away from the sound that dominated the Pretenders' earliest albums.
Chrissie Hynde and co. will work during some days off from their tour with Stevie Nicks.
Sometimes, it's all about being in the right place at the right moment. Other times, it's all about a good anecdote. The Violent Femmes' origin story includes elements of both.
The Pretenders' second album, 'Pretenders II,' came out on Aug. 15, 1981.