12/2/81: The Pretenders 'Message of Love' on Top of the Pops

On Thursday 12 February 1981, the weekly BBC One Top of the Pops show opened with The Pretenders performing their latest hit Message of Love. The single was in the charts at no. 28 and would reach its highest position of no. 11 the following week.

The group had enjoyed success in early 1980 with a UK no. 1 Brass in Pocket and their self-titled debut album which had also reached the top spot in the album charts. Follow-up album Pretenders II, which featured Message of Love, also enjoyed modest success.

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