Two takes on Tom Petty. I started tuning into music (i.e. music that wasn't my parents) around 1974-1975, which wasn't really a good year to get started listening to music on US radio. AM radio was all but dead and I was left with a couple of album format rock channels and a series of Top 40 radio stations. I started getting into all the 70's hard rock bands at the time only to escape the alternative: The Hustle, et al. So when 1977 or so came around disco seemed to be at its height and finding any music on the radio that wasn't pussy (my limited vocabulary term at the time) disco was really welcomed. And Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers helped. The Heartbreakers really didn't get the full credit that they deserved. Mike Cambell and Benmont Tench really helped Petty define his sound. By the time Tom Petty made it big with video (various Video programs at the time - not just MTV) with Don't Come Around Here No More in 1985, I had moved on music wise. The Alice In Wonderland based video was cool, but since all the various video outlets started to consolidate into MTV I could no longer be bothered with Tom Petty. Some okay to good stuff, but in the end, his band at that time in history was really the star. Many of the songs that don't make his Greatest Hits package aren't there because they suck.