35 Years Ago Today: “Pretenders II” and Pain

This invincible record was released that many years ago today and I can still barely stand to listen to it. My review for the Boston Phoenix, which I then considered the best and still regard as the most passionate piece I had produced up to that time, was kicked off the cover of the Arts Section for no good reason. “Too obscure” was the scuttlebutt I heard. “To keep you from getting big ideas” seems more persuasive to me now.

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