Picks and Pans Review: Chrissie Hynde

updated 04/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Hynde, 54, is still standing by the Pretenders with a new four-CD box set, Pirate Radio.

ON COMPILING PIRATE RADIO We tried to find a cross-section that represented the whole pathology of the band for 25 years. We went through the vault and found things that we'd forgotten about or that had been recorded and didn't get on albums. We'd done a lot more material than we'd actually exploited, so we had a lot to play with.

ON "BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG" I was starting to go through it with the band and then my guitar player died. By the time we actually recorded the song it seemed to take on a whole different intention. I sort of dedicated it to my guitar player in the end.

ON THE BOX SET'S TITLE It's like the whole idea of being on a pirate ship, you know? You get to town, do a little bit of pillaging, a little bit of plundering, and you're off to the next city. There's this element of a renegade going through life trying to take the best and leaving the rest behind.

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