The Pretenders dropped a new single, “You Can’t Hurt a Fool,” from their upcoming eleventh studio album, Hate for Sale.
The band’s frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and guitarist James Walbourne co-wrote the songs for the album, which is scheduled to be out on July 17 via BMG. The album is the band’s first since 2016’s Alone.
“I suppose our biggest influence apart from crazy, hardcore rock ‘n’ roll has been R&B,” Hynde said in a press release. “[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!”
“You Can’t Hurt a Fool” sees Hynde singing soulfully over a smooth, sultry backbeat. “You can’t hurt a fool / Don’t even try / Cuz genuine fools don’t play by the rules,” she sings.
The Pretenders previously released “The Buzz” and the title track “Hate for Sale.”
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