A Hit Tune That I Somehow Missed
The song came out in 2002 as part of Tom Petty's album of the same name. You can download and listen to it, among other places, at Yahoo Music (just look under Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers). The song was reportedly widely banned by the very corporate radio stations it satirizes, which probably explains why I had not heard it (the lesson I've learned here is that I need to stop relying on cruddy FM radio for my music).
Tom Petty has always been one of my favorite performers and a hero, due in large part to his ongoing battles against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and its ceaseless attemtps to gouge, censor, control, and shortchange. Like the State itself, this organization is a dinosaur that sucks the lifeblood out of productive people (composers and musicians) while rendering nothing of value in return. I really owe it to Tom and the Heartbreakers to make sure that I buy as many of their CDs as possible (between my wife and me we already have most of them anyway), not only as a sign of support, but because I consider Tom to be one of the most creative recording artists in contemporary America.
At any rate, give The Last DJ a listen and make the RIAA squirm!