Topic: petty

in my top 5 of all time.  up there with dylan and CCR and beatles.  truly a rock god.  RIP

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and a damn good voice in king of the hill!

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yeah "american girl" is basically the perfect rock song.  he was also by all accounts a great person.  sucks

the boy your mother wanted you to meet

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Jesus Christ wrote:

in my top 5 of all time.  up there with dylan and CCR and beatles.  truly a rock god.  RIP

Mine as well, especially as a songwriter. Master of the hook.

Also helped me convince my dad that MTV wasn't the worst thing in the universe. I watched the "Last Dance" video last night and maybe shed a tiny tear thinking about the hundreds of times I'd sat mesmerized by that video as a kid.

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"even the losers"  does it for me.


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Been listening to this today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdmKpjNXMEQ

Never got deep into Tom Petty but his skills are undeniable and you can't listen to anything he ever did and conclude it wasn't at least good.

"Master of the hook" -- definitely true.

- Nathan

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excerpt from a good article on Stereogum:

The first album that Petty ended up releasing on MCA was 1979’s Damn The Torpedoes, which turned Petty into a huge star. After that album blew up, MCA wanted to charge more for Petty’s next album, 1981’s Hard Promises. Apparently, it was industry standard at the time to sell superstars’ albums for $9.98 while charging $8.98 for everyone else’s records. ($9.98 in 1981 dollars translates to $28.16 today. Records were expensive!) Petty wasn’t having it. And he threatened to change the album’s title to $8.98 unless the label would agree to charge the regular amount for it.  So that’s Tom Petty: A guy willing to go to war with his label, on behalf of his fans, for a dollar, and for principle. We were lucky to have him.


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Jesus Christ wrote:

excerpt from a good article on Stereogum:

The first album that Petty ended up releasing on MCA was 1979’s Damn The Torpedoes, which turned Petty into a huge star. After that album blew up, MCA wanted to charge more for Petty’s next album, 1981’s Hard Promises. Apparently, it was industry standard at the time to sell superstars’ albums for $9.98 while charging $8.98 for everyone else’s records. ($9.98 in 1981 dollars translates to $28.16 today. Records were expensive!) Petty wasn’t having it. And he threatened to change the album’s title to $8.98 unless the label would agree to charge the regular amount for it.  So that’s Tom Petty: A guy willing to go to war with his label, on behalf of his fans, for a dollar, and for principle. We were lucky to have him.


The way we "value" (de-value) artistic output blows my mind. I think I've pretty much been able to purchase a new albums for roughly $10 for my entire life, with a few exceptions in the brief age of $15 CDs. The medium and distribution have changed, but I've had consistent access to new music at that price point in some format or another for 36 fucking years. Seems so backwards.


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I love this video of Petty telling a story about George Harrison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npan0fvtIjg It always makes me happy.

I'm bummed about his passing. He was one of my oldest musical loves and was kind of my entry point for classic rock and country-rock.

His melodies were tight. The Heartbreakers are one of the greatest crews ever. And his songs sketched interesting characters and were able to tap a range of emotions, sometime in the same song. American Girl and Free Fallin are both jubilant yet melancholic.

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I never considered myself a fan, but I loved so many of his songs. I have so many good memories associated with them. Learning To Fly was right there for me when I needed it. And I Won't Back Down. 'Course, I was just a kid when Breakdown and American Girl came out, and I loved them instantly.

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is this the wrong time to point out he ripped off the Jayhawks than then sued the red hot chili peppers for ripping off the same thing?

other then that, i loved a lot of his songs and am sad to see him go.

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kebab dylan wrote:

is this the wrong time to point out he ripped off the Jayhawks than then sued the red hot chili peppers for ripping off the same thing?

other then that, i loved a lot of his songs and am sad to see him go.

"In 2006, a US radio station claimed that Red Hot Chili Peppers hit single, "Dani California" had plagiarised "Mary Jane's Last Dance", even calling for Petty to sue the band. Longtime Petty and Chili Peppers producer Rick Rubin produced both songs. Petty responded by saying that he was not going to sue the Chili Peppers and felt that there was no negative intent and that a lot of rock and roll songs sound alike."

he also didn't sue the strokes even after casablancas admitted they ripped petty

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Not much of a fan, but i always, always gotten sparked from american girl ///// evokes a late seventies, early eighties southern California, fast times at Richmont High stoner vibe to me - i can always see some Joni Mitchell looking teenage girl with too long blond pristinely straight, hanging down hair that looks like a mop when she twirls ---- i dated a girl in the mid nineties, and her nickname was Tom Petty, because she looked like Tom Petty, but/and she was still really super impossibly hot to me
anyways, I always think about the line about American girls being raised on promises - so so true


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setyabacksetyabacksetya wrote:

The way we "value" (de-value) artistic output blows my mind. I think I've pretty much been able to purchase a new albums for roughly $10 for my entire life, with a few exceptions in the brief age of $15 CDs. The medium and distribution have changed, but I've had consistent access to new music at that price point in some format or another for 36 fucking years. Seems so backwards.

I would definitely agree that artists are often not compensated fairly, but I'd lodge a small "defense" of the deflation of record prices by saying that there have been pretty huge supply chain improvements. Think about how cheap it was to make a CD from the late '90s through to the late '00s (or really, forward to today). Think about how cheap it is to distribute digital media.

- Nathan

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One of those artists that I promised myself to really dig into one day. I've liked almost everything I heard by him through the years but never really listened to all of his albums. You heard so much from him/them anyway and was more into other stuff. But the songs that I really like (which are many by now) I absolutely love. And I consider him being one of the best song writers of all time. Not many can write such "simple" songs and still catch my ear. He sure did and I look forward to find some songs/albums of his that I neglected to turn out being as great as the stuff I already love.

Sad to see him leave so soon...

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/aa/58/11/aa58111379ea600d79677959513ada1e--heart-songs-celebrity-quotes.jpg

"It´s a fine line between clever and..eh.. stupid"

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Jesus Christ wrote:
kebab dylan wrote:

is this the wrong time to point out he ripped off the Jayhawks than then sued the red hot chili peppers for ripping off the same thing?

other then that, i loved a lot of his songs and am sad to see him go.

"In 2006, a US radio station claimed that Red Hot Chili Peppers hit single, "Dani California" had plagiarised "Mary Jane's Last Dance", even calling for Petty to sue the band. Longtime Petty and Chili Peppers producer Rick Rubin produced both songs. Petty responded by saying that he was not going to sue the Chili Peppers and felt that there was no negative intent and that a lot of rock and roll songs sound alike."

he also didn't sue the strokes even after casablancas admitted they ripped petty

that's good to hear

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Jicky wrote:

I never considered myself a fan, but I loved so many of his songs.

This. Exactly this.

He GENUINELY really seemed like a good person too.

Bend over!
Hi Ben