Pretenders Artistfacts

  • 1978-
    Chrissie HyndeVocals, guitar1978-
    Pete FarndonBass1978-1982
    James Honeyman-ScottGuitar1978-1982
    Martin ChambersDrums1978-1986, 1993-
    Robbie McIntoshGuitar1983-1987
    Malcolm FosterBass1983-1986
    T.M. StevensBass1986-1987
    Blair CunninghamDrums1986-1993
    Billy BremmerGuitar1990-1993
    Dominic MillerGuitar1990-1993
    John McKenzieBass1990-1993
    Adam SeymourGuitar1993-
    Andy HobsonBass1993-
  • Chrissie Hynde has a daughter, Natalie, with Ray Davies of The Kinks. They had a common-law marriage, and tried to get married legally, but the registrar refused to issue them a marriage license because they were arguing.
  • Hynde is a vegetarian and animal-rights activist. She once joked that McDonalds should be firebombed.
  • Honeyman-Scott died of a heroin overdose a few days after Farndon was fired from the band for excessive drug use. Farndon died 10 months later of an overdose at age 30.
  • Hynde was a freshman at Kent State University in 1970, and was protesting when the National Guard killed four students. She left and never went back to college.
  • Farndon and Hynde were lovers until she kicked him out of the band in 1982.
  • Hynde grew up in Akron, Ohio, which is where serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was born. She moved to London in 1973.
  • Hynde left Ray Davis and married Jim Kerr, the lead singer of Simple Minds, on May 5, 1984. The couple met just months earlier when their bands were both touring in Australia; soon after their wedding, Simple Minds opened for The Pretenders when they toured America. On March 25, 1985, they had a daughter, Yasmin. They divorced in 1990.
  • When Hynde first moved to England, she took work as a music journalist. Among the musicians she interviewed were Brian Eno and Suzi Quatro.
  • Chrissie Hynde had several other jobs when she first arrived in England. They included selling handbags in a market and working for Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren in their punk clothing store SEX.
  • Chrissie Hynde's priorities shifted as she got older. In 2003, she told the Independent: "I'm not 18 any more, and I don't live for music. It's not like I'm waitressing any more and I get home and put on an Iggy Pop album just to save my life."

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  • Anonymous from Ft Worth TxI just wanted to see what james scott could do. However not to be. Funny how things work out.
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