Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders

Rated 10 Alert!
Song#:  0047
Date:  02/16/1980
Debut:  92
Peak:  14
Weeks:  22
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  Although an Ohio native, Chrissie Hynde formed the Pretenders in London in 1978. Their self-titled debut album is often on lists of the best albums in rock history and features this classic song that put them on the map. It was a #1 hit in the UK and has been a rock radio staple ever since.

ReduxReview:  I knew of this song back in the day but I don't think I really heard it for some reason - very odd since I was deep into the Pretenders' "Learning to Crawl" album around that time. This is a weird way to latch onto a song, but I remember watching "The Tracey Ullman Show" mid-80s and she did a sketch where she was outside a pizza joint and she started flirting and dancing with a guy in the parking lot. I can't remember much else about it, but I definitely remember that the song they did their dance to was "Brass in Pocket." For whatever reason, that song just clicked with me and it quickly became my favorite Pretenders song. If that opening guitar line going dat-dat-dat-dahh and Hynde singing "I got brass...in pocket" doesn't grab you, then I don't know what will. Smooth, jammy, hooky, and sexy as hell, this is one brilliant pop song. Enough to give it my first 10 rating of the decade.


Trivia:  Double Shot! 1) The "brass" in the title is a reference to money, so brass in pocket is essentially saying I've got some money on me. 2) This was the seventh video played the day MTV hit the air in 1981.



  1. While I would not rate this a 10, I can understand how you can. It is far better than any of the rest so far.

    1. I was waffling on a 9, but this is just such a classic and the best song thus far. I wanted to break in the 10 and thought this one was solid to do it with.

  2. Chart Run: 92 - 91 - 82 - 73 - 64 - 53 - 46 - 41 - 33 - 29 - 25 - 22 - 20 - 17 - 16 - 14 - 14 - 16 - 17 - 22 - 56 - 95