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In praise of James Honeyman-Scott - an archive interview from 1981

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by rze99, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. rze99

    rze99 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK

  2. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    Chrissie Hynde played here on Saturday- she was great. Wow those legs are long.
     

  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Thanks!
    He was a great, inventive and inspiring player.
    I remember when he would hang around Austin.
    I love the Pretenders!
     
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  4. tintag27

    tintag27 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jan 18, 2010
    Macclesfield, UK
    That's a great interview!
    Interesting to hear how Jimmy was making stuff up as he went along because he couldn't follow Chrissie's crazy timings. Another sad loss to the music world to die so early...
    Thanks for posting!
    But I can't leave this thread without a classic Pretenders track ...

     

  5. rze99

    rze99 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    How perfect is that pop song? :)
     
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  6. EddieLocrian

    EddieLocrian Tele-Holic

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    The intro and solo (1.30) in 'Kid' was the inspiration for me to learn melodic guitar lines.

     
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  7. rze99

    rze99 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    Another piece of perfection.
    That solo. So melodic. So memorable. So right for the song.
    Whenever I hear shredders, I think they should be forced to learn that sweet little solo in the hope that they end up "getting it" and move on from widdly-widdly.
    Really, Chrissie lucked out big time getting James. So glad she did.
     

  8. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I completely agree, but I’d say they were equally lucky to find each other.
     

  9. Rich_S

    Rich_S Friend of Leo's

    Dec 29, 2006
    Potsdam, NY
    Chrissie wrote in the very first line of her book that it all began when she met Jimmy.

    Jimmy was right. You can’t really count out songs like “Tattooed Love Boys”. You just have to get in the groove and hang on for the ride. Though he’s known for his melodicism, his solo in “TLB” is straight go-for-it rock ‘n’ roll badassedness.
     

  10. paratus

    paratus Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

    Dec 2, 2010
    Michigan
    Great interview, great memories, thanks for posting that.
     
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  11. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 2, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Thanks for the link. Honeyman-Scott’s playing through the first Pretenders album is definitely a big influence, that record being somewhere up in my personal Top 25 or so of all time :)
     

  12. Mid Life Crisis

    Mid Life Crisis Friend of Leo's

    Jan 12, 2007
    Cambridge, England
    When I think of "perfection" in pop music, this is pretty much what comes to mind! And I agree what you say about the solo 100%. Eight bars - the perfect length for a solo - of absolute joy.

    Great interview too. What a nice young fellow Jimmy Scott was, totally in love with the guitar and not a bad word to say about anyone.
     

  13. iluvfender

    iluvfender TDPRI Member

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    One of my favorite players and solos. Happy Birthday Jimmy !
     

  14. crossroader

    crossroader Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    Sep 24, 2004
    Endicott, NY
    So glad I got a chance to see that original lineup in concert.

    James Honeyman-Scott was such a creative and inventive player. Those first 2 albums would have sounded very different if anyone else had been playing guitar for them.
     
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  15. bowman

    bowman Friend of Leo's

    Sep 15, 2006
    Framingham, MA
    He was just a great player - really had the feel. And "Kid" is my favorite Pretenders tune.
     
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  16. dkmw

    dkmw Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Mar 30, 2016
    Florida USA
    What a great read, thanks.

    Quite the list of influences - Dave, Nick, and Billy from Rockpile, Keef, Albert Lee, and Clapton/Allman. Those guys are all at the top of my list too.

    Nick and Dave did so much that non-musicians don't even know about. You can make the case that there must have been some kind of Rockpile Mafia going on. They were in on just about everything.
     
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  17. EddieLocrian

    EddieLocrian Tele-Holic

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    I once read that Honeyman-Scott was a major influence for Jonny Marr.

    But im always torn between Kid and Talk of the Town as my fav.

     
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  18. Deeve

    Deeve Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Dec 7, 2009
    Ballard
    Pretenders - prolly Mrs Deeve's fave band.
    When she "recognizes Chrissie's playing" it may well be JHS.
    And would I wreck things at home by saying: ". . . actually, hon, . . . " ? Not even once.

    Peace - Deeve
     
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  19. Rick330man

    Rick330man Tele-Meister

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    I've always enjoyed his body of work with the Pretenders.
     
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  20. Minimalist518

    Minimalist518 Tele-Holic

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    The Pretenders along with the Clash and others, hit me like a welcome freight train in the dawn of the 80s when I was in my teens. *This* was *my* music!
    JHS was one of my favorite players from that first wave. I don’t think 17-year-old me could have told you who played what, but I knew a melody and I was drawn to that and to the jarring abrasiveness that sometimes cut across it in their music. His sense of melody and his ear for a part — no matter how he minimizes it in this interview— was flawless.
    He and Chrissy’s styles fit together like, I don’t know, not hand in glove. It wasn’t that easy and purpose-built, it was more happy accident; maybe chocolate and peanut butter or blue cheese and hot sauce.
     
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