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Exclusive Video Premiere & Interview: JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys “If You Let Me”

Exclusive Video Premiere & Interview: JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys “If You Let Me” (photo)

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The tale of JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys begins in familiar territory. A guy, a girl, a few drinks, lots of texting. But from there it departs into the stuff that only rock and roll legends are made of. Fifty-eight year old Chrissie Hynde, of The Pretenders, met Welsh musician JP Jones at a bar in London and the joy in the chemistry they found was only dampened by the realization that the 30 some year age difference (he’s in his 20’s) denied them the chance to start a family together.

Deep into middle age, she may be too old to start a family, but Chrissie is not a girl to be trifled with. In fact, she’s probably more bad ass then ever, easily launching into scathing X-rated rants about our depraved popular culture with a voracity usually reserved for the young and rebellious. JP on the other hand, struck me as the calming influence in this pair. The three of us talked about how they became each others muse, and this new video “If You Let Me,” directed by Chris Marrs Piliero, from their album “Fidelity.” It was heavily inspired by the film “Let the Right One In,” but as you’ll see, that’s not the only thing you can read into it. Check out the premiere, then read the full interview below.

So, I read you two met in a bar, started texting and then hooked up to make this album. It might sound like a pretty average, modern, rock story if not for the fact that one of you is Chrissie Hynde!

CH: It’s actually quite unusual really.

JP: Yeah we met in a bar and swapped numbers. Chrissie went on tour the next day and we texted each other a lot. When she finished [the tour] she said, “Want to go to Cuba?” and I said yeah.

And you wrote the album in Cuba. Why Cuba?

JP: We just went on a whim. I took a guitar, I take one everywhere, we didn’t even talk or think about writing an album. We just ended up being there, and we realized how we felt about each other, but this age gap between us — we can’t be together and start a family. So we just kind of wrote songs to each other in the hotel suite in Havana about it, and crying.

That’s one of the hardest hitting stories about how an album was created that I’ve heard.

JP: None of this was planned. People keep calling it this new project, but it was never a project it just happened, and it happened so quick.

CH: We really didn’t know that we would, you know, get along so well and realize that our relationship had to be confined to being in a band together and it couldn’t really be anything else. We had to take it on the chin and that’s what came out of it, this album.

What was the music like in Havana, what did you listen to?

CH: There’s a lot of music there it’s like Brazil, everyone makes music. I don’t know if there was a direct influence.

JP: Yeah we didn’t really leave the hotel, but there was always a band playing.

CH: Well it’s a big hotel, there are grounds around it and birds walking around and restaurants, so we didn’t really leave, we were, you know…

JP: Walking around. [laughter]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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