Posted On: Tuesday - October 3rd 2017 6:13PM MST
In Topics:   Music  TV, aka Gov't Media
From the real Southern part of Florida, up around Ocala and north of there, Tom Petty will be missed by those who were privileged to grow up during a time when music didn't suck.
I only found out late last night, when reading a memorial post (with 120 or so good comments) of Steve Sailer's that Mr. Petty had a heart attack and died. That explains why the restaurant/bar I was in last evening was playing Tom Petty nonstop, and the best stuff too.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are special to me, because they and Pat Beaneater came on the radio to PUT AN END TO DISCO. It’s probably just me, but hearing that actual rock-and-roll after 2 – 3 years (a long time when you are very young) of disco was such a relief. We thought the disco was going to go on forever, but then Don’t Want to Live Like a Refugee came on the radio! It was the same time Pat Benetar’s Heartbreaker came on too (not that she is a like talent, hence an old friend’s moniker, Miss Beaneater was in use for her later on).
My favorites are Louisiana Rain, Free Falling, Learning to Fly (I think the latter of those last 2, BTW is about skydiving also – real flying), and Southern Accents for the ballads, then my favorite rockers would be Listen to her Heart (with that great bass line), The Waiting, Rebels, Running Down a Dream, and American Girl. I guess Jammin Me would be my favorite for lyrics.
“Take back Vanessa Redgrave
Take back Joe Piscopo
Take back Eddie Murphy
Give ‘em all some place to go!”
(I don't know if Mr. Petty had any particular problem with any of the 70's-80's entertainers mentioned, but he was tired of getting "Jammed" by the idiot box. Tell me about it, Tom!)
We can't put all the good ones up, but here's Peak Stupidity's picks for Tom Petty's best ballad and then best hard rocker:
BTW, when I listen to that disco now, I think that, no it’s no rock and roll but not so bad. Man, what the kids have had to put up with for 2 DECADES now with the hip/hop crap makes the disco era seem a walk in the park in comparison.