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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 61
Sat. March 10, 2012

Tattooed Love Boys
The Pretenders
1980

I still can feel the way my face froze as my eyebrow raised with a mischievous smile shining as a curious nine year old hearing Chrissie Hynde sing: “♫ I shot my mouth off / and you showed me what that hole was for […] ♫” I remember thinking—did she just sing that? — After rewinding the tape, my thoughts soon morphed into where are all these rock ‘n’ girls hiding at?

Chrissie was ahead of her time. How much of a risk it must have been for her to have the guts to sing such a risqué lyric? Think about it, Tattooed Love Boys came out in 1980. This was before wardrobe malfunctions, explicit lyric labels and PMRC vs. 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty as They Want to Be. But she is clever, her lyrics sound cool, sultry and mysterious. That’s the genius of Hynde – the creator of this punk classic.

Chrissie Hynde was no great pretender—she’s an original. Her lyrics smack provoking ponderings above while sparking you down below—that’s the magic of Chrissie Hynde. She’s got the lyrical brains and the three chord brawn. To my ears, Hynde was, and still is, a sultry punk rocker chanteuse all wrapped in some electric skin tight leather package that rock geeks like me could never refuse.

Speaking of—how bad ass and sexy is Hynde dressed in black leather rockin’ with a guitar in this video. First debuted in 1980; after all these years and she’s still smokin’. Chrissie, you will always rock this tattooed love boy!

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