Underrated Guitar Player

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I feel like this needs to be said so I will say it. Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is very underrated as a guitar player. I know he is not very flashy but that doesn’t always make a great guitar player. He is one of the most consistent players live I have ever heard. That should count for something, right? There is something to be said about that. Night in and night out sounding just as great as the night before.

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So before you make your next list of great guitar players just consider Mr. Campbell.

Thank you for listening and good day!

Jer

This Day in History (May 23)

May 23, 1979: Tom Petty defies his record label and files for bankruptcy

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Article taken from History.com

The music industry is notorious for its creative accounting practices and for onerous contracts that can keep even some top-selling artists perpetually in debt to their record labels. In a typical recording contract, a record label advances an artist a certain sum of money against future earnings from royalties. But because the cost of things like studio time, marketing support and tour expenses must be “recouped” by the label before an artist earns any royalties, many artists who sign recording contracts never sell enough records to “earn out” their advance. Where this system truly breaks down is when a top-selling artist or group like TLC or Run-DMC finds itself deeply in debt to its record label despite having sold millions of records. Those are but two groups that have pursued a strategy made famous by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tom Petty when he declared bankruptcy on this day in 1979 in an effort to free himself from his contract with Shelter Records.

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At the time of Tom Petty’s bankruptcy filing, he had little to show financially for the two hit albums already behind him: 1976’s Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (featuring the hit singles “Breakdown” and “American Girl”) and 1978’s You’re Gonna Get It! Unhappy with the terms of his contract with Shelter Records, Petty seized upon the sale of Shelter by ABC to industry giant MCA as justification to declare himself, in effect, a free agent. In his own words, he would not be “bought and sold like a piece of meat.” (Never mind the fact that the deal was actually a re-acquisition, since Shelter—and with it Petty’s contract—had actually been owned by MCA before being acquired by ABC.) Petty refused to allow his next album to be released, even going so far as to bear the cost of recording it personally, leaving him some $500,000 in debt. This was when he filed for bankruptcy, hoping to gain leverage in the brewing legal dispute by having the bankruptcy court declare null and void an extremely unfavorable contract that Petty felt he had signed under duress.

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Ultimately, MCA blinked, agreeing to release Petty from his existing contract but immediately re-signing him to a $3 million contract with a brand-new subsidiary label created especially for this purpose. The album that Petty had held back, Damn The Torpedoes (featuring the singles “Refugee” and “Don’t Do Me Like That”), would go on to be certified Double Platinum and make Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers into true superstars. But if MCA thought that its squabbles with Petty were behind them at that point, they were sorely mistaken. In 1981, Petty once again threatened to withhold his new album, Hard Promises, when MCA announced its intention to sell it for $9.98—a full dollar more than the typical retail price at the time. Said Tom Petty at the time, “If we don’t take a stand, one of these days records are going to be $20.” And once again, MCA finally agreed, selling the album at retail for the then-customary $8.98

Music I’ve Been Listening To….

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Jack White
Blunderbuss
(IF YOU KNOW ME THEN YOU KNOW THIS IS NOT SURPRISING)

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The Doors
L.A. Woman

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The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground and Nico

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
The Live Anthology

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Frank Zappa
Apostrophe (‘)

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Ramones
Hey! Ho! Lets Go: The Anthology

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The Rolling Stones
Hot Rocks 1964-1971

Some of My Favorite Albums from the 90’s

IN NO ORDER

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The White Stripes
The White Stripes -1999

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Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine-1992

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Tool
Aenima-1996

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Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral-1994

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Blind Melon
Soup-1995

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Blind Melon
Nico-1996

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Weezer
Weezer (Blue Album)-1994

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Weezer
Pinkerton -1996

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The Presidents of the United States of America
The Presidents of the United States of America-1995

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Tom Petty
Wildflowers -1994

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311
Music-1993

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Beastie Boys
ill Communication-1994

Even the Losers

                 Even the Losers
                  By: Tom Petty

Well it was nearly summer, we sat on your roof
Yea, we smoked cigarettes and we stared at the moon
And I’d showed you stars you never could see
Baby, it couldn’t have been that easy to forget about me

Baby, time meant nothing, anything seemed real
Yea, you could kiss like fire and you made me feel
Like every word you said was meant to be
No, it couldn’t have been that easy to forget about me

Baby, even the losers get lucky sometime
Even the losers keep a little bit of pride
They get lucky sometime
Ohh

Two cars parked on the overpass
Rocks hit the water like broken glass
I should have known right then it was too good to last
God, it’s such a drag when you’re livin’ in the past

Baby, even the losers get lucky sometime
Even the losers keep a little bit of pride
They get lucky sometime

Baby, even the losers get lucky sometime
Even the losers keep a little bit of pride
Yea, they get lucky sometime

Baby, even the losers get lucky sometime
Even the losers get lucky sometime Ohh ohh ohh ohh

Even the losers get lucky sometime Ohh ohh Ohh
Baby, even the losers get lucky sometime

It’s Good To Be King

           It’s Good To Be King
                By: Tom Petty

It’s good to be king, if just for a while
To be there in velvet, yeah, to give ’em a smile
It’s good to get high and never come down
It’s good to be king of your own little town

Yeah, the world would swing if I were king
Can I help it if I still dream time to time

It’s good to be king and have your own way
Get a feeling of peace at the end of the day
And when your bulldog barks and your canary sings
You’re out there with winners, it’s good to be king

Yeah I’ll be king when dogs get wings
Can I help it if I still dream time to time

It’s good to be king and have your own world
It helps to make friends, it’s good to meet girls
A sweet little queen who can’t run away
It’s good to be king, whatever it pays

Excuse me if I have some place in my mind
Where I go time to time

Wildflowers

Words And Music By Tom Petty

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, find you a lover
Go away somewhere all bright and new
I have seen no other
Who compares with you

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
You belong with your love on your arm
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, go find a lover
Run away, let your heart be your guide
You deserve the deepest of cover
You belong in that home by and by

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worry
You belong somewhere you feel free
You belong somewhere you feel free