Thanks for sharing! Interesting to hear how people connect to Petty.
My entrance to Petty was after the breakup with my then girlfriend somewhere around summer/fall 2007 (looks like I’m super late to the party on these big artists like Petty, and Springsteen; I blame the weird detour through nu-metal and into Dave Matthews before getting re-adjusted in college, ha!). I remember being home/finished with college, before I was to go off to grad school. My brother gave me the Runnin’ Down a Dream documentary to watch, and I was hooked. 2 straight days of Petty and pretty much nothing else. I immediately got all the records and never looked back.
Like @LBSUNFLWR, my favorite is Wildflowers (hence in my other post I learned how to play every song on it last year). A close second is Damn the Torpedoes.
My opinion of 80s stuff has changed from “super cheesy dumb crap” to “ok, I think there’s something beneath the surface here” for a lot of it. That said out of most rock & roll bands, I feel like Petty & co managed to not get bitten by the cheese that came with the 80s – or at least, it sounded cool when they did it. For the most part I think the same about Springsteen too.