The Last DJ [Bonus DVD]

The Last DJ [Bonus DVD]

by Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersTom Petty & the Heartbreakers




Tom Petty has always done his best work when he's pissed off -- and that's definitely the mood on this sharp, stark disc. The Last DJ indicts modern society -- using the music biz as a microcosm -- for its enthusiastic embrace of all things soulless. The disc's title track spins a yarn about a man trying to swim against that current, and -- propelled along by some of Mike Campbell's most acerbic playing in some time -- it might just serve as a wake-up call to some. The purposefully unctuous "Joe" takes aim at the guys in the corner office at some anonymous record company, although the lack of lyrical detail doesn't detract from the power of Petty's roundhouse punches. He doesn't omit his peers from scrutiny, either: The neo-psychedelic "Money Becomes King" sneers at a musician who's all too ready to sell his soul to the highest bidder -- something that's long been on Petty's mind, given his long-standing disavowal of corporate sponsorship. Knowing full well that an entire disc of such screeds would grow old kinda quickly, Petty steps outside the confines of his own world on a few songs, though even here the tone doesn't get appreciably brighter. "When a Kid Goes Bad," which revives the singer's longstanding Beatlemania, mixes melancholy and stormier emotions in its darkly spinning melody, while "Lost Children" lurches around furtively in search of a solution that never comes. Tom Petty really hasn't changed all that much over the years -- his Hard Promises, however, seem to have evolved into Even Harder Questions.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2002
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624795520
catalogNumber: 47955

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   Primary Artist
Lindsey Buckingham   Background Vocals
Tom Petty   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Ukulele,Vocals
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Ron Blair   Bass
Jon Brion   Conductor
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Scott Thurston   Guitar,Ukulele,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Tom Petty   Arranger,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Jon Brion   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Spencer Chrislu   Author
Richard Dodd   Engineer
George Drakoulias   Producer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Don Smith   Engineer
Ed Thacker   Engineer
David May   Producer
David Dieckmann   Author
Jim Atkins   Graphic Design
Martyn Atkins   Director
Raena Winscott   Graphic Design

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