RIP Tom Petty

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A genuinely great lyricist, and leader of a killer band.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:35 (two months ago) Permalink

From Twitter, a full New Year's Eve 1978 show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnS8577gBNc

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Not that I am hopeful, but has that been officially confirmed by anyone but TMZ yet?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:37 (two months ago) Permalink

sadly TMZ pretty much always gets these things right. damn.

frogbs, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:38 (two months ago) Permalink

oh man

sleeve, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh FFS, a shitty day just got worse.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:46 (two months ago) Permalink

'taken off life support' i'm seeing. I suppose not because he's doing better.

akm, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Surprised I found some words but I guess I did.

http://nedraggett.tumblr.com/post/165979442637/not-an-active-fan-never-saw-him-or-had-any-of

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:49 (two months ago) Permalink

RIP. He always felt like the last Classic Rock guy to me, the end of a generation/way of playing + writing.

Οὖτις, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:51 (two months ago) Permalink

It's flippant to say it but I kinda figured by default he'd be the last Wilbury to go. Not the middle one.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Rest In Power, Tom.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-petty-on-past-confederate-flag-use-it-was-downright-stupid-20150714

Again, people just need to think about how it looks to a black person. It's just awful. It's like how a swastika looks to a Jewish person. It just shouldn't be on flagpoles.

Beyond the flag issue, we're living in a time that I never thought we'd see. The way we're losing black men and citizens in general is horrific. What's going on in society is unforgivable. As a country, we should be more concerned with why the police are getting away with targeting black men and killing them for no reason. That's a bigger issue than the flag. Years from now, people will look back on today and say, "You mean we privatized the prisons so there's no profit unless the prison is full?" You'd think someone in kindergarten could figure out how stupid that is. We're creating so many of our own problems.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:53 (two months ago) Permalink

rip big man, heaven needed another 20% of the traveling wilburys

Mr. Eulon Mask, urging the UN to ban the "homicide robot" (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:56 (two months ago) Permalink

RIP. Although he wasn't really my cup of tea, he clearly had the respect of a hell of a lot of notable musicians and, in spite of him mostly being an American phenomenon, he definitely made his mark.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:58 (two months ago) Permalink

This is the first "celebrity death" since Prince that's brought me to tears.

Monster fatberg (Phil D.), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:00 (two months ago) Permalink

</3

=(

One hell of a songwriter.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:01 (two months ago) Permalink

It has been confirmed.

JUST IN: Rocker Tom Petty is dead at 66, Los Angeles Police Department confirms to CBS News pic.twitter.com/XJp3mc69Rl

— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 2, 2017

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:02 (two months ago) Permalink

don't think anyone made the flying V look cooler

Οὖτις, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:04 (two months ago) Permalink

He certainly put on one of the few arena shows I've enjoyed, w/ Dylan @MSG, July '86.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Unlike Prince or Bowie (to name two recent examples), I don't feel compelled to listen to Tom Petty today. Those guys were foundational alchemists, a guy like Tom Petty was ... comfort. In the best possible way. It's a strange irony that that makes him harder to listen to right now.

I saw Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls do a killer cover of "Refugee" once that completely re-contexualized the song for me. Also helped me recognize how hard it is to write a universal anthem, let alone a few.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Fuck. A huge loss.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:08 (two months ago) Permalink

his last show was at the Hollywood Bowl just nine days ago. played there three nights in a row.

nomar, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:08 (two months ago) Permalink

damn ): rip

Rael Estate (diamonddave85), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Love tom petty. Have always loved tom petty. He could do that eternal byrds thing with better hooks than anybody.

Wahhh

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:14 (two months ago) Permalink

um what

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:15 (two months ago) Permalink

whatever their lives were actually like, all these guys...Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty...they seemed like decent guys, good souls, and they tried to bring that to their music and personas. Tom Petty, he was a real performer. He almost reminded me of a silent movie actor, he was such a great, funny, warm presence onstage and in his videos.

nomar, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Jon Not Jon and nomar otm, he was important to me ever since I started listening to music and was always there, like a familiar friend from high school who you don;t see very much but it's always cool when you do, the kind of classic rock that makes you happy when you hear it on the radio

sleeve, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:19 (two months ago) Permalink

The last two songs from what turned out to be his final show. If you're going to barnburn, do it like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WNHB8vROg4

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:28 (two months ago) Permalink

His might be my favorite still-active backing band. I could listen to Campbell or Tench play for days.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:31 (two months ago) Permalink

His last album was a robust little thing.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:31 (two months ago) Permalink

he was fucking great on King of the Hill too.

evol j, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Aww, damn.

A great, consistent songwriter whom I've found it all too easy to take for granted over the years. Like, he's never someone I think of as a favourite of mine, but then "The Waiting" or "American Girl" or something else will come on the radio when I'm driving and for three or so minutes I'll think I'm hearing the most brilliant pop song ever written.

the general theme of STUFF (cryptosicko), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:36 (two months ago) Permalink

my first favorite musician, and I think my daughter's first favorite musician. as dadrock as you can get, I know. i thought about taking her to see him last summer for her first show but she's still pretty young. regretting that now.

tylerw, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:42 (two months ago) Permalink

TMZ's latest update indicates that things are still tangled but that ultimately the end is near:

Sources tell us at 10:30 Monday morning a chaplain was called to Tom's hospital room. We're told the family has a do not resuscitate order on Tom. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, but he's still clinging to life. A report that the LAPD confirmed the singer's death is inaccurate -- the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. handled the emergency.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:46 (two months ago) Permalink

RIP. one of the greats.

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:47 (two months ago) Permalink

There's that great 4 hour documentary about Tom Petty, Runnin' Down a Dream. Watching it, the thing that strikes you is how little struggle he had, career-wise. Everybody loved him from the beginning. In Florida, he was instantly the top guy in his local music scene. Moves to LA, gets signed right away. His band Mudcrutch is dropped, but he gets a solo deal. First album has Breakdown and American Girl.

No years of toil, honing his craft. It was immediate success. It's a testament to how great he was (damn it sucks to type was

kornrulez6969, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:47 (two months ago) Permalink

I thought his appearance on The Larry Sanders Show was v good. From memory he was squaring up to Clint Black and calling him "fucking Roy Rogers, here" or something similar.

calzino, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Meanwhile Dylan lives.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Aw dammit. Dammit dammit dammit. I love Tom Petty, probably more than he deserves, but he's one of my all-time favorites. I love his singing more than anything else, he worked wonders with that whine.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Meanwhile Dylan lives.

DON'T FUCKING JINX IT

Οὖτις, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:50 (two months ago) Permalink

A shock. But worse for my poor mum. I may have to call her.

imago, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:59 (two months ago) Permalink

RIP. He was a good songwriter with a unique voice. Also RIP to one of the few current musical concerns that kept my mom buying records. She loved him!

Dominique, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Related to that, they're playing The Traveling Wilburys in my office right now. And it's like a party photo of someone gone, vs. a picture of them alone. It's good to hear.

Eazy, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:02 (two months ago) Permalink

(tom petty is not dead btw)

k3vin k., Monday, 2 October 2017 21:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Didn't trust TMZ, but it's looking about as bad as possible. DNRs don't usually lead to happy outcomes.

xpost I think Petty worked really hard for his success, actually, an ambitious redneck playing everywhere from backyard parties and frat houses on up (like Van Halen did). If he got lucky at all it was by having his rise coincide right with MTV's, and also having Mike Campbell as a cohort. And also writing a dozen or so songs for the ages. That takes some luck, too.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:06 (two months ago) Permalink

What the fuck?

calstars, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:06 (two months ago) Permalink

and I was listening to Into the Great Wide Open on Saturday.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 October 2017 21:16 (two months ago) Permalink

i had been revisiting some of his latter day stuff last week and was struck by how great this one was:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqJS2nB4D4s

tylerw, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:18 (two months ago) Permalink

^^^ holy fuck, tylerw, "You and Me" is a jam. If Fleetwood Mac had released it, no one would've blinked.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 October 2017 21:22 (two months ago) Permalink

totally. i remember staying away from the last DJ at first because of its cranky title track, but about half of it is fantastic.

tylerw, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Enjoying this bit of Garry Shandling and Petty hanging out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIvNe569Q9g

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 2 October 2017 21:26 (two months ago) Permalink

I just realized, no Petty songs have appeared in commercials, right? I don't recall him making a public point of not selling his songs to advertisers, but I also can't think of any instances of, say, "American Girl" being used to sell jeans.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 13:59 (two months ago) Permalink

"You Don't Know How It Feels" sells weed iirc

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:01 (two months ago) Permalink

ha

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Glad to see "You Got Lucky" on that digital chart, albeit toward the bottom. I haven't heard or seen much of that in the past week's flood of Petty. It's a great song and also the video was a pretty big deal at the time -- I remember friends who were lucky enough to have MTV talking about it a lot, its post-apocalyptic shtick was very Road Warrior/early '80s dystopian. The beginning of him as a real MTV guy.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:13 (two months ago) Permalink

I just realized, no Petty songs have appeared in commercials, right? I don't recall him making a public point of not selling his songs to advertisers, but I also can't think of any instances of, say, "American Girl" being used to sell jeans.

― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, October 10, 2017 8:59 AM (fourteen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Runnin Down a Dream has to be in something

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:14 (two months ago) Permalink

maybe it was in a bumper in a football game, or another sports-related thing

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Runnin' Down a Dream was used incessantly in the NBA playoffs a few years ago.

Chris L, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Interesting how "The Waiting," which Petty felt was as sure a hit as he could write, still can't crack that list of best-selling songs.

Chris L, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:44 (two months ago) Permalink

It's the hardest part.

Monster fatberg (Phil D.), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:45 (two months ago) Permalink

no "Refugee" either!

sleeve, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Glad to see "You Got Lucky" on that digital chart, albeit toward the bottom. I haven't heard or seen much of that in the past week's flood of Petty

They played it for the first time in 20-something years on this last tour.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 15:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Runnin' Down a Dream was used incessantly in the NBA playoffs a few years ago.

― Chris L, Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:41 AM (fifty minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

True, but that's not really the same thing as using a song in an ad. I think sports broadcasts are a different animal -- they don't need an artist's permission to use a song during a game, though they certainly have to pay out royalties for whatever songs they use.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 15:36 (two months ago) Permalink

It was the official song of the network's playoff coverage that year iirc, I would assume they had a fairly lucrative deal worked out for that.

Chris L, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 16:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Ah, yeah, that's definitely more than x song played going into a commercial break.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 17:04 (two months ago) Permalink

T.P. & Peter Gabriel checking in on their daughters' joint art show in 1999.

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/e4/43/f5/e443f5f33548e5a4b37d9a350533577c--peter-gabriel-tom-petty.jpg

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 17:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Jason Isbell did “Refugee” @ the Ryman on Sunday night

http://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/see-jason-isbells-ripping-cover-of-tom-pettys-refugee-w507990

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 17:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Petty was a big Lakers fan so in my eyes its not quite the same as say a Kia commercial.

DavidLeeRoth, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 18:05 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah Petty wasn't a nerd who called stuff "sports ball" so he probably thought it was cool

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Music isn’t a hobby, it’s the pieces of a ladder you build to get the FUCK out of your hell. you make it your job to be the best & surround yourself with the most talented people you can to ensure you stay out.

― Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, October 9, 2017

OTM. Still can't recall whether it was Petty or someone else who said that his greatest musical talent was his unique knack for convincing people not to go to college.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Jason Isbell did “Refugee” @ the Ryman on Sunday night

http://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/see-jason-isbells-ripping-cover-of-tom-pettys-refugee-w507990

― Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I'm afraid to listen. Is it good? The Wilco and DBTs covers did my heart good but honestly kinda sucked.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:42 (two months ago) Permalink

i was trying to think of actually good Tom Petty covers and was having trouble coming up with any ... anyone have a favorite?

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Sharon Van Etten, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"

https://youtu.be/KiH6Dtwz-aU

Monster fatberg (Phil D.), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:54 (two months ago) Permalink

isbell did a few covers this week it turns out... "even the losers" solo guitar pretty moving actually

https://youtu.be/5R0XnkPYw9g

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:16 (two months ago) Permalink

and to my great relief his refugee is legit

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:16 (two months ago) Permalink

With the Heartbreakers as backing band, no less.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:32 (two months ago) Permalink

oh yeah, the cash covers are good! forgot those ...

Sharon van Etten can do a mean Stevie Nicks, haha

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:40 (two months ago) Permalink

i like Melissa Etheridge’s cover of Refugee
it’s quieter but her voice suits it

https://youtu.be/KONLrSI2_Y0

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:41 (two months ago) Permalink

and I love this Matthew Sweet & Susannah Hoffs cover of Here Comes My Girl

https://youtu.be/__q1sS5vSKc

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:45 (two months ago) Permalink

(except they go too slow on the chorus & i want to hurry them up)

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:46 (two months ago) Permalink

!!!

ok i just stumbled on this & it might be my favorite TP cover from the past week

Chris Stapleton doing Learning to Fly
idk maybe i just love his voice but i think he kills it
https://youtu.be/FzWXO_Il8So

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:51 (two months ago) Permalink

not a cover at all, but a sweet, adorable homage. the pooh sticks, "the wild one, forever":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhfXuubw1x4

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:55 (two months ago) Permalink

I've been on a Tom Petty binge for the past year or so and have been reminded how much I really, really dislike most of his videos. Maybe it's because they were on all the time, I don't know. But actually the "Here Comes My Girl" video (him and the band playing alone in a room) is great. He was so charming on stage in those early days, and it really captured that.

Sam Weller, Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:31 (two months ago) Permalink

I honestly thought he made a mistake doing "Won't Back Down" on the post-9/11 TV special. Playing right into W's agenda.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:07 (two months ago) Permalink

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

Monster fatberg (Phil D.), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

is that Gary Hart

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 18:20 (one month ago) Permalink

not sure if serious, but anyway - that's jerry lee lewis (great balls of etc)

StanM, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 18:59 (one month ago) Permalink

2/3 through Zanes bio, goddamn so good. I thought the Bogdanovich doc was good but man Zanes really peers into the dark corners & gives so much more nuance, i love it

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 20:39 (one month ago) Permalink

I was in Austin over the weekend, and a friend hooked us up with Austin City Limits passes. We only went for maybe an hour or so, saw a bit of Spoon, saw a bit of Chance, then left. A couple of days later I saw a roundup whose headline implied lots of tearjerker moments. I thought, really? Who in the world would elicit tears at this latest in a long line of now anonymously corporate events? Gorillaz? Jay-Z? So I read the article and, indeed, at least one of the BS tearjerker moments was an artist so happy to be there they got weepy. Um, yeah. But another emotional moment cited was when the fest played over the PA Tom Petty doing "Free Falling"from a past live at ACL. That's how lame these festivals have become. If you want something truly emotionally, you've got to go the archives and get yourself a pro.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 01:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Would have been 67 today.

New Rolling Stone Cover Story

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 20 October 2017 18:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Very few people beyond the Heartbreakers' immediate circle knew that Petty was suffering, at each gig, from a hairline fracture in his left hip, which he planned to deal with after the tour. "I don't know how it happened," says his longtime manager Tony Dimitriades. "I don't think he even knew when it happened." At one point, Dimitriades told Petty, "You can't tour like that." The singer responded, "Why not? I'll do it in a chair if I have to."

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 20 October 2017 18:29 (one month ago) Permalink

i love the Dylan anecdote

Dhani recounts a story that Petty once told him about the Heartbreakers' tour with Dylan – a story that "says everything about the way Tom interacted with people: honest but cheeky." Onstage one night, Dylan kept complaining that the stage lights were too bright and threatened to leave if they were not turned down. Finally, Dylan walked off, forcing Petty to coax him back on as the Heartbreakers kept playing.

In the wings, Dhani says, "Bob was going, 'Fucking lights. I'm not going back out there. It's like fucking Disneyland out there.' And Tom says to Bob, 'You've never been to Disneyland.' Bob just started laughing. Tom called him on it, straight out. They walked back out there and carried on playing."

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 20 October 2017 18:51 (one month ago) Permalink

ha, that's great -- think there's a similar story in the Zanes bio, but with the roles reversed!
man, still in disbelief that he's gone. my daughter has been playing his music constantly the past week, singing along in her little eight-year-old voice :'(

tylerw, Friday, 20 October 2017 18:59 (one month ago) Permalink

i can’t stop lisening to him. it’s weird & kinda nice but i have been waking up every morning with a song fragment rolling around in my head & by the end if the day i’m cueing up another album

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Listening to him for the first time since he passed, it really struck me how well his voice held up, especially for being a retirement-age lifelong smoker. Maybe it's just that he has a particularly weird one, like Neil Young's?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 October 2017 20:50 (one month ago) Permalink

I was in Austin over the weekend, and a friend hooked us up with Austin City Limits passes. We only went for maybe an hour or so, saw a bit of Spoon, saw a bit of Chance, then left. A couple of days later I saw a roundup whose headline implied lots of tearjerker moments. I thought, really? Who in the world would elicit tears at this latest in a long line of now anonymously corporate events? Gorillaz? Jay-Z? So I read the article and, indeed, at least one of the BS tearjerker moments was an artist so happy to be there they got weepy. Um, yeah. But another emotional moment cited was when the fest played over the PA Tom Petty doing "Free Falling"from a past live at ACL. That's how lame these festivals have become. If you want something truly emotionally, you've got to go the archives and get yourself a pro.

― Lefsetz in Chicago, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:03 PM (three days ago)

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Friday, 20 October 2017 21:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Ha.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 October 2017 21:27 (one month ago) Permalink

My other Austin epiphany, for what it's worth, came when I was wandering down Congress and popped into a bookstore. I heard "Free Falling" on the radio, and it really struck how me how little it felt like some station playing it in tribute to a dead rock star. It just sounded like a song - like a lot of Tom Petty songs - that I hear all the time, anyway. More so than even Bowie or Prince songs, tbh.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 October 2017 21:44 (one month ago) Permalink


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