Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"The Waiting" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Song#:  0588
Date:  05/02/1981
Debut:  61
Peak:  19
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Coming off of their most successful album to date, "Damn the Torpedoes," there were high expectations for their follow-up since they basically graduated to superstar status. They issued the LP "Hard Promises" and this first single, while not hitting the Top 10 like the previous album's "Don't Do Me Like That" (#10), it was another Top 20 hit for them and was their first song to reach #1 on the new Mainstream Rock chart.

ReduxReview:  I really thought this would be a Top 10'er. I think it is one of his most accessible, pop-leaning songs. Add the call-response "yeah-yeah" and it's a tailor made hit. But for whatever reason it stalled just inside the Top 20. The song probably wouldn't top any list of Petty's best songs, but it certainly was a solid song and a good single.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  "Hard Promises" had a bit of delay getting released. Petty's record company was going to issue the album with their new "superstar pricing," which would list an album $1.00 more than the standard $8.98 LP price. Petty had issues with this and it started a bit of a public feud between the artist and label. Since Petty had creative control, he was considering naming the album "Eight Ninety-Eight" or not submitting the album at all. Eventually, MCA agreed to drop the superstar pricing and the album got released with the normal list price.


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