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Monday lost and found: The Pretenders' 'Kid'

Published Apr. 7, 2014

This past week I've been listening to Under the Covers: Volume 3 the new album by Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs (Bangles) that faithfully remakes 14 songs from the '80s. The song selections range from the hits like Tom Petty's Free Fallin' and the Go-Go's Our Lips Are Sealed to more alternative fare from English bands like The Smiths and XTC. This week we'll celebrate the album by featuring the original artists performing their Lost and Found classics.

The Pretenders started off the '80s with a bang with their self-titled debut album that while recorded in 1979, did not appear on the American charts until 1980. The video for Kid takes place in an idyllic setting at the amusement park, but the nature of the song is darker than the video. Just as many were flabbergasted by the nature of the Genesis song Mama, Kid is the story of a child with a prostitute for a mother with coded lyrics such as "Kid, you look so small, you've gone so quiet. I know you know what I'm about. I won't deny it. But you forgive though you don't understand."

While The Pretenders have never really officially broken up, they haven't released an album since 2008. Chrissie Hynde will release a solo album entitled "Stockholm" this June.