"Talk of the Town" was the pre-release of the Pretenders second album, cleverly titled Pretenders II.
Being it was 1980, import singles were all the rage, at least for 17 year old
I put a crowbar in my wallet and shelled out for the single, never knowing if that song would make it stateside.
The follow-up single, "Message of Love" was better and harder sounding, but the video has the music so incredibly distorted, so I went with "Talk of the Town", which has a bit more of a softer pop sound.
"Talk" is still a great song. And as much as I loved the Pretenders debut disk, in some ways, II had some better music. The band was more seasoned and comfortable in their own skin.
I had a slight boyhood crush on Martin Chambers, the drummer. Hands down, he is one of the, if not the best, live drummer I have ever seen (and saw him twice). You might not get that from this video, but he's a pretty amazing musician.
James Honeyman-Scott is not quite a looker, but was an excellent guitarist. Both he and bassist Pete Farndon would be dead within two years of this video from drug related deaths. It was a shame.
The Pretenders continued on with some degree of success (Learning to Crawl is still a great album!) but I can only imagine what they could have accomplished in their original line-up.