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The Pretenders - Learning To Crawl FLAC album

Performer: The Pretenders
Genre: Rock
Title: Learning To Crawl
Country: US
Released: 1984
Style: Alternative Rock, New Wave
FLAC version ZIP size: 1452 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1987 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1403 mb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 459

Learning to Crawl is the third studio album by the rock band The Pretenders. It was released in January 1984 after a hiatus during which band members James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon died of drug overdoses. After Farndon's dismissal from the band and Honeyman-Scott's death, Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers initially recruited Rockpile's Billy Bremner and Big Country's Tony Butler to fill in a caretaker line-up of the band in 1982.

But the Pretenders' meteoric rise came to a crashing halt in 1982, when drug abuse claimed the life of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and forced Hynde and drummer Martin Chambers to dump bassist Pete Farndon, who would also succumb to an OD in April 1983.

Learning To Crawl ‎ (CD, Album, Club, RE). Sire, Wea International, Real Records (2). 9 23980-2. Middle Of The Road (2007 Remastered Version) 4:15. The Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang HQ Music 3:47. Time The Avenger (2007 Remastered Version) 4:57. Watching The Clothes (2007 Remastered Version) 2:54.

Album · 1984 · 10 Songs. After losing guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon to drug-related deaths, a sobered Pretenders returned to the spotlight with Learning to Crawl. Chrissie Hynde turned her distinctive contralto to sentimental songs, both romantic and reflective, that retained her trademark, clear-eyed bravado. Poignant singles like the shimmering love song "Show Me" and the rueful "Back on the Chain Gang" meshed perfectly with attitude-driven rockers "Middle of the Road" and "My City Was Gone. Learning to Crawl Pretenders.

Issued in January 1984, third album LEARNING TO CRAWL was preceded by hit singles "Back on the Chain Gang" and "2000 Miles", and also contained the cover of the Persuaders' "Thin Line Between Love And Hate". The 10 bonus tracks include b-sides, live tracks and demos, while the DVD features five promo videos, along with two BBC TV appearances from Breakfast Time and Top of the Pops. Rivals The Pretenders first album for being one of their best. Numerous radio hits on this album and the other songs are strong as well. For Pretenders fans, a must have album.

Learning to Crawl was really the last album under the Pretenders banner that could be considered something more than just a vehicle for Hynde, but it's certainly the herald for what was to come. Before the next album was completed and released in 1986, Chambers would depart the band and a revolving door of session musicians would back Hynde throughout the rest of the decade and beyond

The Pretenders song Back On The Chain Gang, was the first single released from the Learning To Crawl album. The song wound up becoming one of the most successful commercial singles the band ever released. It was a top 10 hit on the Billboard hot 100 peaking at number 5 in 1982. Just like The Beatles had done with their single releases, the back side of the single Back On The Chain Gang, featured the song My City Was Gone, which was just as strong a song as the A side. 3 – Mystery Achievement. The song Mystery Achievement, was released on The Pretenders debut album.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Middle Of The Road 4:08
A2 Back On The Chain Gang 3:44
A3 Time The Avenger 4:47
A4 Watching The Clothes 2:46
A5 Show Me 4:00
B1 Thumbelina 3:12
B2 My City Was Gone 5:14
B3 Thin Line Between Love And Hate
Written By – Rich & Rob Poindexter/J. MembersWritten-By – J. Members*, Rich Poindexter*, Rob Poindexter*
B4 I Hurt You 4:27
B5 2000 Miles 3:30

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Air Studios
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA Records Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – WEA Records Ltd.


  • Art Direction – Pete Barrett*
  • Bass Guitar – Tony Butler (tracks: A2, B2)
  • Bass Guitar, Vocals – Andrew Bodner* (tracks: B3), Malcolm Foster
  • Drums, Vocals – Martin Chambers
  • Engineer – Steve Churchyard
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Jeremy Allom
  • Guitar, Vocals – Chrissie Hynde, Robbie McIntosh
  • Lead Guitar – Billy Bremner (tracks: A2, B2)
  • Photography By [Back Cover] – Alyssa Cooper
  • Photography By [Front Cover] – Paul Cox
  • Photography By [Inner Sleeve] – Donna Santisi, Robert Matheu
  • Piano, Vocals – Paul Carrack (tracks: B3)
  • Producer – Chris Thomas
  • Rhythm Guitar, Vocals – Billy Bremner (tracks: B3)
  • Written-By – Chrissie Hynde (tracks: A1 to B2, B4, B5)


On Back Sleeve:
Distribuited By RCA Spa
Also Available On Cassette

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix Side A): MKAY 39042
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix Side B): MKAY 39043
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A Hand-etched): MKAY 39042 IS-'A3 2 △ P Piero 19-12-83
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B Hand-etched): MKAY 39043 IS-'A4 1 △ P Piero 19-12-83
  • Rights Society: SIAE

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
9 23980-1, 1-23980 The Pretenders Learning To Crawl ‎(LP, Album, All) Sire, Sire, Real Records , Real Records 9 23980-1, 1-23980 US 1983
CD 23980 The Pretenders Learning To Crawl ‎(CD, Album, RE) Sire, WEA CD 23980 Canada 1995
9 23980-2 The Pretenders Learning To Crawl ‎(CD, Album, Club, RE) Sire, Wea International, Real Records 9 23980-2 US Unknown
923980-4 The Pretenders Learning To Crawl ‎(Cass, Album) Real Records 923980-4 Scandinavia 1983
M923980-2 The Pretenders Learning To Crawl ‎(CD, Album) Wea International, Warner M923980-2 Brazil 1993