R.I.P. Tom Petty: Must-Hear Music Memorial Podcast
On Monday (Oct. 2), the world lost one of rock's most beloved hitmakers, Tom Petty. As the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch and one of the Traveling Wilburys, Petty was a reliable purveyor of no-bullshit rock n' roll for 40 years, and he dominated the charts and MTV for well over a decade. But for someone as closely associated with classic rock -- if you're listening to a genre radio station that doesn't play numerous Tom Petty songs each day, call your senator – Petty remained an iconoclast, riding the waves of different eras without conforming to them.
From the punchy power pop poetry of "American Girl" through his blockbuster Damn the Torpedoes album to his jangly solo masterpiece Full Moon Fever to his unfairly maligned 21st century material, we (Joe Lynch and Andrew Unterberger) run through Tom Petty's substantial career on this special memorial Must-Hear Music podcast, touching on our favorite deep cuts and reflecting on how he kept the flame of rock alive in the synth-heavy '80s.