Tuesday, November 1, 2016

"Show Me" by The Pretenders

Song#:  1836
Date:  03/17/1984
Debut:  74
Peak:  28
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The band's album Learning to Crawl became their highest charting (#5) thanks to the hits "Back on the Chain Gang" (#5 Pop/#4 Rock) and "Middle of the Road" (#19 Pop/#2 Rock). To keep the ball rolling, this third single from the LP was issued. It was their fourth song from the album to hit the Rock Top 10 (#8) following the two previously mentioned tunes and the album track "Time the Avenger" (#6). At Pop, this single was able to make an appearance inside the Top 30.

ReduxReview:  This is another quality song from a great album. It was a good choice for a single, but I had always wanted "Time the Avenger" to get issued. I think that may have had a better shot at going Top 20, but this song does have more of a softer rock sound that probably suited pop radio a bit better.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Late in '83, another song from the album was issued as a single in the UK. The track "2000 Miles" did well enough to reach #15 on the chart. In the US, the song served as the b-side to "Middle of the Road." Three things inspired Chrissie Hynde when she wrote the song. The first was an old Otis Redding tune called "Thousand Miles Away." Then, while in the studio she looked out at all the twinkling Christmas lights that decorated Oxford Square. Finally, it was an ode to her former bandmate James Honeyman-Scott who had died in 1982. Since the song sets a wintry scene and repeats the line "it must be Christmas time," it has since become a bit of a holiday standard, even though that was not the original intent of the song.


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