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The 12 Boots of Christmas: Santa Plays the Daily Double

Hey hey music lovers, it’s getting closer to the big day and the big guy is feeling mighty generous!

Santa tall live

Today’s installment of the 12 Boots of Christmas features a pair, as in two, well-worn but still shiny boots from the 1980s.

Boot # 10 is another Santa selected holiday treat of the international variety. Roll out your passport as we head to the Dominion Theatre in London for a December 16, 1981 BBC radio show with the Pretenders.

The band packs 13 songs into a 55 minute broadcast in support of its new release, Pretenders II.

Pretenders II cover

Busting out of the gate with a double play of “The Wait” and “The Adultress,” the show is a great snapshot of the group at its peak.

Seven songs from the new album are here including the hit “Message of Love,” Chrissie Hynde’s beautiful interpretation of Ray Davies’ “I Go To Sleep,” and the all-out assault of “Bad Boys Get Spanked.”

Six months after this gig on June 16, 1982, guitarist James Honeyman-Scott would die of a drug overdose, setting into motion the eventual dismantling of this once-great band.

James Honeyman Scott BW

Be sure to bring the melodious tones of the Pretenders to your next holiday soiree  as a gift to the musically unwashed among us. Marvel as you watch their eyes light up with glee as they experience the silky-soft vocals, the rollicking rhythm section and the jingle jangle guitars.


Stay tuned for part two of today’s bonus boot bonanza.  It’s a present well worth waiting for.

Pretenders Setlist

complete zipped download

The Wait

The Adultress

Message of Love

Louie Louie

English Roses

Stop Your Sobbing


I Go To Sleep

Day After Day

Bad Boys Get Spanked

Up the Neck

Brass in Pocket

Mystery Achievement

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