Friday, August 14, 2009

The Always Cool Chrissie Hynde

I LOVE Chrissie Hynde (and the Pretenders, of course). She is the epitome of cool. Her attitude, her swaggering guitar riffs, the hair and the eyeliner, all of it, she's just cool.

She and the band are still plugging along, for she, longtime drummer Martin Chambers, guitarist James Walbourne, bassist Nick Wilkinson, and steel guitarist Eric Heywood are currently touring the U.S. (alongside Cat Power and Juliette Lewis) in support of their latest album, 2008's Break Up the Concrete.

Recently, Chrissie sat down with the The Guardian for a pretty entertaining Q&A. She namechecks Morrissey, too. After all, she's covered "Everyday Is Like Sunday" in years past and added backing vocals to Morrissey's 1991 single "My Love Life." Anyhow, read on for more.

When were you happiest?
A couple of hours ago: I got a text message to meet someone later.

What is your most treasured possession?
I love my guitars, but I'm not married to them. Maybe some photographs of my daughters when they were little.

What do you owe your parents?
I owe them because I had to get really far away to do what I wanted to do so they wouldn't disapprove, and that worked out really well for me.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon. I'd like to say sorry to them that the rock'n'roll lifestyle, which I certainly was a part of, didn't work out so good for them.

Which living person do you most despise, and why?
I can't feel like that about human beings. I love people – all of them – even the ones I hate!

What is the worst job you've done?
When I was working as a waitress when I was 17, and they mainly had steak on the menu. That's the great shame of my working life.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I'd go back to London about 150 years ago. I'd snoop around the buildings and all through the West End. I think about it every day. I just want to hear horses' hooves and see that street life, pre-technology.

What song would you like played at your funeral?
"Sing Your Life" by Morrissey.

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