The band was named after The Platters song "The Great Pretender," and found almost immediate success -- their first album hit #9 in the U.S. and was a #1 album in the UK in 1980. Pretenders II followed in late 1981 and hit #10 on the U.S. charts.
"Day After Day" is a rare Pretenders song not written entirely by Hynde (guitarist James Honeyman-Scott co-wrote it). The song was never released as a single, but the band did release a video (of course), which went into heavy rotation on my favorite video music channel. The song is classic Pretenders, mixing pop, new wave and punk into something greater than the sum of its parts. This is a band at the top of their game.
Unfortunately, drugs would soon destroy the first incarnation of the band. Bassist Pete Frandon was kicked out of the Pretenders in June 1982 due to drug use, and guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died days later of cocaine intolerance. Farndon subsequently drowned in 1983, after taking heroin in a bathtub and passing out. Hynde soldiered on, but to my ears was never quite able to fully re-capture the magic of the first version of the band.
Note that "2000 Miles" was posted at ERV in December, 2012.