Friday, January 6, 2012

The Pretenders - "Show Me"

Show Me - Learning to Crawl (Remastered)

(Debuted March 17, 1984, Peaked #28, 13 Weeks on the Chart)

The title of the album Learning to Crawl was inspired by Chrissie Hynde's young daughter, but it ended up being a fitting description of the band she played with. In the two years since the group's last LP, it had been altered due to tragic circumstances. Both guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon would overdose on drugs. The group would continue, but fate made it more like a backup unit for Hynde than the cohesive lineup it originally was.

With new members Robbie McIntosh and Malcolm Foster aboard, the group laid down the tracks for Learning to Crawl in 1983. While not as well-regarded as the group's previous two LPs, the album was still a great listen. Including the two sides of a single from late 1982 ("Back on the Chain Gang" and "My City Was Gone," both of which are great songs), there were four songs from the album that charted on the Hot 100. "Show Me" was the third of those hits, making the Top 40 in the Spring of 1984.

The video below shows the band performing the song live in Germany during the same era it was a hit.

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