Tom Petty fan, but I figure after 30 odd years of making records, he probably has enough material to make one killer full-length disk.
His earlier stuff is better - in my opinion - but now and then he pulls out a decent song, and it's likely the ones I appreciate are not on the radio.
Of course, nothing Petty or his Heartbreakers have put out in the last 5-10 years has been played on the radio, though his older stuff is a staple - and I like "American Girl", "Breakdown", "I Need to Know", "You Got Lucky", "Change of Heart" and a few others.
While he collaborated semi-often with Stevie Nicks, those were spotty pairings at best. They excelled at "Insider" and I can still tolerate "Stop Dragging My Heart Around", but after that.....meh.
Actually it is another Fleetwood Mac alum collaboration that I like the best, "Walls (circus)".
The song - and different variations of it - were put on a "soundtrack" to Ed Burns' She's the One, which has been playing on HBO these last few weeks. And while it resides on my iPhone and iPod Shuffle, seeing the movie made me think of it for this post.
Anyhoo, Lindsey Buckingham takes on backing vocals on the "circus" version and really adds a layer that Petty needs. Not only is it a decent and unexpected harmony, but I dig that he is purposefully a half a count off on most of his part.
And it works. At least for me. ...and isn't that what counts?