Born on this day in 1951, in Herefordshire, England, drummer and songwriter, Martin Chambers. Chambers is known for his work with The Pretenders and Mott The Hoople.
Please note: These awards mean nothing beyond the fact that I like what the recipients did. There were tons of albums, songs and videos that I never heard or saw. 2020 was a shitty year in general, but an extraordinary one for great independent music. It would have been impossible to acknowledge or consume all of it.
Coolest Release of the Year
Michael Slawter & The Pleased To Meet Me’s – Dear Bastards (Flexidisc)
Record of the Year
Marshall Holland – Paper Airplane
Song of the Year
The Vapour Trails – Lonely Man
Best Vinyl Releases (Tie)
Maurice & The Stiff Sisters – Welcome To Love
Gretchen’s Wheel – Such Open Sky
Best Cassette Release
Dw Dunphy – Test Test Test
Top Ten Singles of the Year (In no particular order)
Ken Sharp – Girl
Ed Ryan – Even Time
Nick Frater – Let’s Hear It For Love
Tenderhooks – 20-20 Vision
More Animal – I Won’t Forgive You
The Empty Hearts – Coat-tailer
Katrina – Drive
Mike Daly & The Planets – This Is My Life
Coke Bela – Thank You, Paul
The Pretenders – The Buzz
Top Ten Long Players of the Year (In no particular order)
The Well Wishers – Shelf Life
Katrina – Hearts, Loves and Babys
honeychain – Pocketful of Good Luck
Tom Curless and The 46% – Almost Ready For The Future
Bill Lloyd – Don’t Kill The Messenger
It’s Karma It’s Kool – Woke Up In Hollywood
Nick Piunti and The Complicated Men – Downtime
Pop Co-Op – Factory Settings
Gary Ritchie – Head On Swivel
The Toms – The 1979 Sessions
Music Video of the Year
Tiny Bit Of Giant’s Blood – Girl Over Here
Best Children’s/Family Releases (In no particular order)
Lindsay Munroe – I Am Kind
Rena Strober & Friends – Imagine That
Red Yarn – Backyard Bop
Flor Bromley – Fiesta Global
Diana Panton – A Cheerful Little Earful
Congrats to all of the winners!
From The Pretenders‘ debut record, released in 1979, Mystery Achievement. Although it wasn’t released as a single, it was an instant live favorite with fans.
honeychain – Pocket Full of Good Luck
Golden Robot Records
Punky L.A. trio honeychain returns, with a riff-tastic track called Pocket Full Of Good Luck. Hillary Burton, late of The Pandoras, does her best Jim Ellison and it’s all kinds of fun. Summer starts NOW!
Coke Belda – Thank You, Paul
Kool Kat Records
Coke Belda puts out consistently-good records, and if we could press 45’s at our pleasure, this would definitely be an “A” side. Coke pays homage to his favorite Beatle for providing so much joy to the world, and we couldn’t enthusiastically support that position any more. Awesome track!
The Pretenders – The Buzz
On this new one from Hate For Sale, Chrissie Hynde channels her younger self, in a song that neatly bookends with Kid, from The Pretenders’ first Lp. If you have any connection whatsoever with her and the band, this one will put you in your happy place. More, please.
Hate For Sale (BMG)
The full version of Hate For Sale isn’t being released until July 15th, but we’ve got a handful of tracks to tide us over until then. The Buzz neatly recalls Kid, from The Pretenders’ debut, highlighting Chrissie Hynde’s ability to sound as if no time has passed at all since 1980.
Turf Accountant Daddy and Didn’t Want To Be This Lonely are tight rockers, sounding rough and ready for roadhouse stages everywhere. Good, gritty stuff, again, recalling the first incarnation of the group. Guitarist James Walbourne and bassist Nick Wilkinson, who’ve both been with Hynde for several years now, augment her and original Pretenders’ drummer Martin Chambers nicely.
“Brass In Pocket” by The Pretenders, was the seventh video played on the inaugural day of MTV, back in 1981. Though it was the band’s third single, it was its first international success. From the Sire Records Lp simply titled Pretenders.