Oh c'mon -- you knew it was gonna come to this sooner or later.
"Talk of the Town." 1981. By the original Pretenders lineup.
By which I mean -- Chrissie Hynde. Pound for pound, still the coolest, sexiest woman ever to wear shoe leather.
Seriously -- even Louise Brooks wasn't this cool, if for no other reason than she couldn't sing.
True story: I actually had that white Gibson guitar Chrissie is playing in the video in my possession for about a year; in fact, you can hear me playing it on the fitfully audible rhythm part of that David Grahame demo I linked to a couple of weeks ago.
What happened was, the neck had somehow developed a hairline fracture, so Chrissie took it to one of the guitar stores on West 48th street in Manhattan and traded it in for something else. The guy who managed the store at the time was a bud, and he called me up immediately after and said "Dude, you know that video for "Talk of the Town" you're so crazy about? I have the guitar she played on it, and you need to take it on semi-permanent loan."
So I did. Wasn't the best guitar I ever played, but I thought it was still pretty much the coolest thing anybody had ever given to me.
Interestingly, every time I strummed it -- whether it was plugged into an amp or not -- it seemed to play that gorgeous opening riff from "Talk of the Town."