Mendelsohn: I’ve been waiting patiently for this record, Klinger. The Pretenders’ self-titled debut represents the first real example of a female rocker on the Great List. No disrespect to Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, or Carole King, but Chrissie Hynde is the real deal when it comes to true blue rock ‘n’ roll. It may be the Pretenders, but this is her show. And what a show it is. Hynde successfully found a way to merge rock from both sides of the pond and hit it big in the US and the UK. But even more than that, it seems that Ms. Hynde was somehow involved in all sorts of rock ‘n’ roll of cultural events until she hit it big with the Pretenders.