2020 Album Draft- Round 4 Pick 4- Run-Sew-Read selects- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers- Hard Promises.
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Some version of Tom Petty was always going to be on my desert island, but I didn’t know until this week that I was picking this album. It was tough deciding between three early albums: The self-titled Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Damn the Torpedoes, and Hard Promises. I knew I couldn’t have all of the early TP songs I wanted with me, so choices had to be made. In choosing this album, I left behind American Girl, Need to Know, Listen to Her Heart, and Here Comes My Girl.
These two songs on Hard Promises sealed the deal:
King’s Road (just fast moving and catchy):
Insider (the other, better duet with Stevie, if you ask me):
Additionally, this album has ‘Thing About You’ and ‘The Waiting’; and the haunting sound of ‘Something Big’. Nearly every song on this album got radio airplay in my region, so it’s hard to think of only some of the songs as the actual hit singles. Almost all of them were hits, as far as I was concerned.
This will be one of the shortest write ups of the draft, because I don’t know what else to say about an album, singer-songwriter and band that were love-at-first-listen for me. They are as good as it gets for me, and they came along at a time when our radio playlists were infested and strangled with disco. Their sound had a classic feel from the start. It went a long way toward making radio music enjoyable again