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Chrissie, Tim & the boys

 

The real Pretender - Chrissie Hynde - has been an avid Tim Buckley fan since her teenage days in Akron, Ohio.She interviewed him when she was a budding journalist for England's New Musical Express, and has covered a number or Tim's songs over the years.

This clipping comes from a 1999 interview with Edvins Beitiks, a San Francisco Examiner reporter

 


"I saw The Limey, and here's Terence Stamp and Peter Fonda, who were very much in their prime in the '60s, only now they're both pushing 60 and Fonda, especially, has this Haight-Ashbury, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test mentality about him, like if you weren't there, you don't know. It's an interesting take on things that happened 30 years ago, an interesting look at the whole '60s generation.

"Right now, I think youth sucks," said Hynde. "I ask myself, 'Wasn't I more excited about things than they are?' It's like, 'Tell me something I didn't already know.' What I say to someone under 30 is, until they produce a few more extraordinarily wonderful guitar-based bands, give me the '50s any day."

As she approaches 50, Hynde is reminded of the mortal storm, of the deaths of former Pretenders James Honeyman Scott and bassist Pete Farndon, who died of drug overdoses within months of each other almost 20 years ago; of the death of Tim Buckley, whose music influenced Hynde right up to Samurai on the latest album, and of Linda McCartney, who took the cover photo for !Viva El Amor! shortly before she died of cancer.

"All these people sort of dropping around us, beaming up or, being more literal, leaving their bodies," said Hynde. "You might not think you know what the other side is like, but one thing you know for sure is that Linda McCartney and Tim Buckley are over there, and that can't be all bad.

"By the time you're 48, you know you don't have long, and . . . if you can't cast off your problems and just say, 'Oh, fuck it,' if you can't enjoy yourself now, well, it's just not going to happen, my friend."


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