“Back on the Chain Gang” – The Pretenders

One of the earliest videos I remember seeing on MTV and arguably, the best song the Pretenders ever recorded, “Back on the Chain Gang” was a lamentation about the drug-induced death of former bandmate James Honeyman-Scott. An incredibly deep song that has not lost its resonance, despite its frequent appearance on classic rock and oldies stations over the years. This was the Pretenders highest-charting song in the US (it made it all the way to #5 on the Billboard charts in 1982).

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