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Talk Of The Town by Pretenders

Album: Pretenders IIReleased: 1980Charted:
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  • This song was named after a real London nightspot. Located in Leicester Square, it opened in 1900 as "The London Hippodrome," and it hosted various circus acts, variety shows and musical performances. In 1958 is was renovated and reopened as "The Talk of the Town," becoming a cabaret restaurant where many artists would perform, including Frank Sinatra and The Temptations. It closed in 1982 and was revived as a nightclub called "The Hippodrome." In 2009, it was once again closed, this time with plans to make it a casino.
  • The lyrics are filled with a longing for a seemingly unobtainable love. It is thought that they refer to Ray Davies, the frontman of the Kinks who later fathered Chrissie Hynde's child.
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Comments: 3

Mike, I disagree with you. This is one of the Pretenders finest.I agree about the opening riff it truly takes me back to that place when I first heard this great song. My sophomore year in high school, that is when time stood still..Jim - Long Beach, Ca
This is not just one of the Pretenders finest, but one of the finest songs of that era. The minute I hear that opening riff it takes me back to that place.Mike - Matawan, Nj
ABSOLUTELY one of the best songs of the 80's. I'm a true rock and roller. I never warmed up to punk, but I learned to live with New Wave. I was 20 and in love. I thought this was the coolest song. I saw them live at UNH. Chrissie is such a bad ass!Matt - Atlanta, Ga