Night Music: Pretenders, “2000 Miles”

Last week, in my post on Simple Minds (Waterfront) I alluded to this song, which seems to have ties to Jim Kerr’s (Chrissy Hynde’s ex) song.

Waterfront is from the album Sparkles in the Rain, and I mistakenly made the connection to this song, referring to “diamonds, sparkling in the snow.”

Doesn’t matter. This is still a lovely song, showing the softer side of the great Ms. Hynde (I will revisit her with some crunch) in a sort of Christmas song/homage to Pete Farndon and James Honeyman-Scott, the late bass and guitar players for Pretenders.

This is how sentimental should be done.

2 thoughts on “Night Music: Pretenders, “2000 Miles”

  1. Good one, Lawr. I love this song. I could be wrong but I’ve always thought that the fantastic guitar chord inversions of this band are Chrissie’s. I say this because when she got a new guitar player he sounded just like the first one, like she was telling them what to play.

  2. I never doubted Chrissie was in charge of everything, always. I always nominated her as the woman I most wanted to walk all over me in spiky heels.

    I know she fired Pete Farndon from the band (and dumped him as her lover at the same time) because of his drug issues, which she felt was interfering with the band.

    And, I always loved that when Martin Chambers (a great drummer) fucked up his hand and delayed a Pretenders tour, Carmen Appice (not bad, but bombastic in my view, and not close to as tight a drummer as Chambers) offered to step in and help, Chrissie quickly dismissed him saying “thanks but no thanks.”

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