The Pretenders have debuted a third advance track from their forthcoming studio album, Hate for Sale, which will be released on July 17. “You Can’t Hurt a Fool” is a soulful ballad that’s available now as a digital single and via streaming services. You also can check out on the band’s official YouTube channel.
“I suppose our biggest influence apart from crazy, hard-core rock and roll has been R&B,” says frontwoman Chrissie Hynde about “You Can’t Hurt a Fool.” “[Pretenders guitarist] James [Walbourne] and I really grappled with this one to get in all the subtleties and nuance of an R&B classic, albeit with modern, autobiographical lyrics…The fool is me!”
As previously reported, Hate for Sale features 10 new original songs co-written by Hynde and Walbourne, marking the first time the two have penned a full collection of tunes together.
Hate for Sale was produced by Stephen Street, whose previous credits include albums by The Smiths, Blur and The Cranberries. You can pre-order the album now, and purchase and bundles featuring a CD or vinyl LP packaged with a t-shirt at The Pretenders’ online store.
As previously reported, The Pretenders are scheduled to join Journey for a lengthy North American tour that currently is slated to get underway with a May 15 show in Ridgefield, Washington. Of course, the trek could be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hynde recently posted a Facebook message in which she commented, “Who knows whether our tour with Journey will go ahead. You’ll know as soon as I do what the fate of that will be.”
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