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Remember Peter Farndon from the Pretenders?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by shrimpflea, Dec 20, 2013.

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  2. JennySuzuki


    Dec 18, 2013
    I loved the Pretenders. Alas.
  3. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    We do Middle Of The Road and Mystery Achievement in our band. MA is a very fun tune to play. We used to do Cuban Slide but our singer cannot really handle it. Shame, 'cause it is a terrific tune.
    I had read that Chrissy did not think he was all the great of a bassist but I sure like the basslines from most of the Pretender tunes. Maybe because I am not that great of a bassist either! Ha!
  4. GK Growl

    GK Growl

    Dec 31, 2011
    Yes, never forgot Pete Farndon or the Pretenders!! Great tone and style for their music. Very tragic that him and James Honeyman Scott both died around the same time. I'm gonna have to dig up some old Pretenders now!
  5. timber22

    timber22 Supporting Member

    I like Pete Farndon's bass lines. I play Mystery Achievement in one of my bands now and used to play Middle of The Road. I think he was very good, although I saw a video that I think was recorded not long before he died that wasn't very good. He looked smacked-out. A real shame.
  6. Tragic, indeed. Watch the video to Brass in pocket, realizing he was(rumored to be)doing her, and would soon be dead, and it hurts. They weren't OT the same w/o him- same goes for Honeyman-Scott.
  7. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The story I heard was Pete was so into the junk that Honeyman-Scott, also into the junk but a little better at holding it together, demanded that one of them go, and Chrissie chose Pete to go.

    I liked them both, but honestly, I don't think the Pretenders missed a beat. Billy Bremner and Tony Butler came in to do guitar and bass on "Back On The Chain Gang,", and they're brilliant. And then Robbie McIntosh and Malcolm Foster did the next album, and they were also brilliant. And IMHO it wasn't until Martin Chambers got the boot that they started to suck ;)
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  8. Jamo2000


    Jun 24, 2008
    Austin, TX
    He was a great bassist, the records testify. Sad, if cautionary tale. I wonder what happened to his basses?
  9. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Have "talk of the town" in rotation in my covers set. Great song, great bassline from a great player.

    Always a blast, those Pretenders tunes.

  10. Probably one of the best videos ever created.
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  11. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    I love that original lineup, really solid. While the folks who played in the band later were certainly no slouches, the frequent lineup changes were a bummer. I had tickets to see the original four in '82 before Pete got fired, but the show was cancelled.:atoz:
  12. Hues


    Nov 27, 2012
    see Burn Notice
    Mystery Achievement is one of my all-time favorite simpler lines to play.

    I've always thought The Pretenders name should have ended when Peter and James died....Chrissie was famous enough by that time to go solo and keep the drummer with her.
  13. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    I got to see the original lineup play in a Memphis club,and adored the way they sounded,especially Farndon. A band i was in at the time had a female lead singer,we covered "kid","chain gang","mystery achievment".
  14. sparkyfender2


    Nov 25, 2013
    Zemaitis guitar?
  15. Sure is
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  16. sparkyfender2


    Nov 25, 2013
  17. almost human

    almost human

    Sep 30, 2010
    I like what he did a lot, and as good as some of the later records were, i think there was a certain vibe to the original lineup that was never matched later on.
  18. sneha1965


    Nov 7, 2007
    I love Pete's tone and tasteful bass lines of the early Pretenders music. Though there are many great tones to get with a P bass, I always considered his tone on Mystery Achievement to rank as one of the best. I am glad they continued after Peter and James died as there were some great songs that came after their passing. Learning To Crawl was a fantastic album and Tony Butler did some great playing on "My City Was Gone" and "Back On The Chaingang".