Music Jar – week 45

Each week, I listen to an artist or band that I should know better, taken at random from a pickle jar.
This week was the turn of heartbreaker, Tom Petty.

What I Knew Before:
I once worked with an older guy who took me under his wing and introduced me to a lot of bands that I wouldn’t have been into otherwise. He would turn up for work with DVDs to give to me which he would drop by my desk, much to the confusion and chagrin of everyone else we worked with. I was told to use the relationship to my advantage. I don’t know what that means. One of those DVDs was a live Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers gig. I recognised that there was something cool going on there, but ultimately, it wasn’t something that I would return to. I filed it away.
The only other link I feel to Tom Petty is through the song American Girl, and its use in Silence Of The Lambs. My god, that’s a well-placed track.

What I Know Now
I wanted to enjoy Tom Petty more than I did. There are some great songs in there and his work with the Wilburys is a particular treat for me, but I still wasn’t completely wowed by it. I don’t think it helped that Tom Petty was pulled from the jar in a week when I was glued to the news and unable to really focus on much else. That has all worked out well. Kamala is now our American Girl.

Favourite songs:
I suppose I have to consider solo TP as well as Heartbreakers tracks. I know he was in and out with the band. I Won’t Back Down is the best Petty song but Refugee, Mary Jane’s Last Dance and American Girl are all great Heartbreakers songs.

Favourite album:
Full Moon Fever

Spotify my favourite songs from this project.

Published by Paul

Paperback writer.

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