Has been and will be around a lot longer than Sam Smith
Just flat-out great. If you want to know for sure where you stand you should watch the Bogdanovich doco. All four hours of it. I would have never believed anyone I was only mildly into could be so interesting for so long. After that I realised I’d just been in denial and threw myself into it
Nasally voice, bland Americana MOR. OK, come at me bro.
Love your example of unmitigated genius. Was that on purpose?
The last baby boom rocker.
Petty + Heartbreakers up there only one step below Springsteen + E Street Band.
Love him, love him, love him! I have loved every album, and every track on every album is fantastic in its own way. And The Heartbreakers, ah those heartbreakers, rock the lyrical stories to the core.
Influenced War on Drugs.
Definitely not any kind of groundbreaker but certainly one of the least embarrassing mainstream rock/pop artists of his era. Closest analog I can think of is CCR but I think Fogerty is a genius while Petty is merely above average? Still, a number of excellent, unpretentious tunes, definitely.
He ripped off Sam Smith about 25 years early.
A low rent Roger McGuinn.
He was a pretty good NASCAR driver.
I like his work with J Cash.
The musical equivalent of Carry On films -dead centre between + and – as in “I’d rather watch a “Carry On” than “………..”
I can’t imagine there’d ever be a time in my life where I’d think “I feel like listening to Tom Petty”.
A dignified also-ran who’s sold more than 80 million records.
I’m sure he’s talented and he is respected and acclaimed and popular but I can’t get into his music at all. It’s a little over produced and not very rock n roll. I guess it’s AOR stuff for fans of that kinda stuff. But a gifted writer and singer all the same.
His band is great – those boys really play as a team.
I like ‘The Waiting’, otherwise rather boring music. But a nice chap for sure.
Took everything from The Byrds & Dylan except what made them interesting. A total professional working in an artform that’s ruined by professionalism. Seems to think good rock music is all about learning the rules, when obviously it’s all about breaking them. And in the sense that his career and success has helped spread these evil ideas, he has to be considered the devil. His music exists in a universe where Little Richard, or the Pet Shop Boys, or The Slits, never happened. And as such his music sounds dead to me.
Studies in songwriting – a worthwhile object of study for all songwriters looking to (structurally) up the pop in their music. Personality and flavour though, those you can’t learn from anyone.
Recent thread had people defending the goddamn Foo Fighters, weird to see enmity towards an actual halfway decent, though real vanilla and retrogressive mainstream songwriter. I don’t think Petty is great but the goddamn Foo Fighters? Is everyone insane?
Horrible ’90s MOR twaddle. Really nice ’80s rockishness. One of the best live shows I’ve ever seen, though. In small doses, quite fine. When he’s with the Wilburys clique, it’s the fucking pits.
Forgot to say you can’t talk Tom without talking Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench. You just can’t do it. They are everything to that sound. And Campbell? Shit, that guy is the fucking master of being massively memorable without over playing. I know we’re talking meat-and-potatoes but that’s a delight sometimes if you enjoy a broad menu. It just better be great meat and potatoes. And the lead guitar hook on this? With all the twaddle he could have done? It slays me every time. You could build a whole class around the lead guitar on this. Seriously, what a fucking classic rock lead guitarist. I’ll take Mike Campbell over legions of supposedly legendary plank-spanking wankers every time.
“His A&R man said I don’t hear a single”.
I like how many of the key elements of the songs; drum beats, choruses, riffs, backing vocals, etc., are very simply arranged, deftly placed and rendered, and then have the fuck overproduced out of them, creating an effect unavailable to us from other, lesser practitioners. And, Mike Campbell. He’s Tom’s secret weapon.
Saw him once in 1977 in LA. Thought I was going to see the Heartbreakers (with some guy named Tom Petty replacing Johnny Thunders.) Crestfallen. Though when I saw Thunders and the reformed Heartbreakers a few years later, I don’t know which was worse. On second thought, Petty was worse.
Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers are the original Heartbreakers. Not a big Tom Petty fan
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