I was heading toward my 18th birthday, when this Pretenders song came out. I thought that it was a cool song because it was a new sound, and I believe that it helped toward introducing me to alternative music. Of course I didn't make the connection until much later. I instead thought at that time that it had kind of a pop sound, with a bit of an edge to it.
I also would like to mention that it saddened me, when I found out, that two of the original members of The Pretenders, had died back in the 80's, due to drug overdoses, at the young ages of 25 and 30.
I hope that you will check out this video because Chrissie Hynde has a unique sounding voice, which is alto/tenor, sort of. Plus whenever I hear this song, it makes me want to bust out and start singing along with it.