02 March 2007

The Pretenders: Brass In Pocket



So, it's 1979, I'm 13 years old, and MTV is still 2 years away...

8th Grade, and Cory McC____ , John C___, and me would ride our bikes home from John Long Middle School, NO HANDS style, and yeah, it was a contest, every day after school, who could ride the longest with no hands...The three of us were all capable of making it all the way back to Cory's house, where we'd sit around the living room, chewing Copenhagen and watching Speed Racer...At 4, a half-hour music video program would air, a precursor to MTV, but damn if I can remember the program's name...Anyways, The Pretenders had three or four video off their debut album, this one, which is definitely one of the early conceptual music videos, and a live in studio video for "Tattoed Love Boys" which I can't seem to find on the YouTubes...They also had videos for "Precious" and "Talk Of The Town", so yeah, video definitely didn't kill The Pretenders, it actually made 'em stars...

Of course, heroin killed half the band by 1983, and if ya wanna read a bit about that, head to the Wiki, right?

1979, and The Pretenders were already on our television, three, four times a week...So were Quarterflash, who were bigger stars than they ever, ever, ever should have been...There were also videos by the likes of Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath...Hell yeah...

4:30 and I'd walk down the block to my house, mom making dinner for 5:15, when my dad got home...I'd sit in the dining room, where my mom had her stereo, spinning stuff like The Supremes, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette...And yeah, Elvis, Sinatra, Beatles, Beach Boys...She liked Hendrix and The Doors, but hated The Rolling Stones...She thought Marc Bolan was cute, but she also thought Kenny Rogers and Mac Davis were hot...Her undying crush on Kris Kristofferson is definitely understandable...

I'd sit there at the dining room table, listening to her records while she worked the stove, five feet away in the kitchen...I'd draw, or read the liner notes and lyrics of the album being played, and my mom and I would go through the "how was school today" routine...My sister Stacy was often involved in all of this...

So innocent, you'd think, but I was thirteen, and when Chrissie sang about knowing what her mouth was for, I understood...I wonder if my mom knew that I knew...She probably did...

Hotcha! Hank

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The name of the program was "Video Music Machine" on channel 4. The half hour show would air 3 videos (usually a Pat Benetar and or Rod Stewart) over the 30 minute slot and fill the rest with commercials.

March 11, 2007 2:05 PM  
Blogger Hank Mohaski said...

Thanks, anon, for the name of the show, which sounds about right in my addled, aging mind...

March 15, 2007 5:46 PM  

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