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    Makes perfect sense! That's interesting, I would have argued the other way: The songwriter path strengthens the songwriting. At least ideally. You don't have too many other factors (like in a band) to distract the listener from the actual song, so you better write some strong songs. But I think I know what you mean, a lot of people rely on the words too much and don't put enough care into melody, harmonies, arrangement. But Tom certainly was not like that. At least not as I hear him. I'm not sure I would have liked that. To me, it's trying enough when Wilco shift into prog-rock-mode.
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    chimera

    New interview with Benmont

    On Dean DelRay's Let There Be Talk podcast.
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    Just want to add... 92 was absolutely spine tingling fantastic. In case you ever were in doubt.... (Oh, and that includes Stan, as far as I could/can tell.)
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    Shelter

    the Southern Accents/Wildflowers Theory

    Something like that, yeah! The day I get to hear all of the SA session material, and the day I am able to imagine it all done with a tad more timeless production, is the day I'm ready to pass final judgement on the era. Too bad that day will likely never happen, since I have a feeling the 83-85 era may be at least a bit more prolific than it's usually credited for. Whatever bits and pieces we have suggest as much. Them not quite being super stars enough to dictate everything, at the time, slaves under contracts and (frankly) generally busy partying their minds to pieces Dave Stewart style, and lots of other typical mid 80s, 10-years-career reasons, made whatever flow of genius there was, barely recognized and sadly lost in chaotic times. At least that's how I like to understand it.
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    Go on, do it, book it into your day. I'd say do it as soon as you can.
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    High Grass Dog

    New interview with Benmont

    Thank you for posting that! That interview was simply amazing! I could really listen to Benmont talk forever. Very happy to hear he is planning to record a new solo album this fall. Besides that, some really cool (and some really sad) stuff about Echo, TP's passing, rehab, Stan vs. Steve, and much more. One thing I learned is that Benmont really likes to refer to people as "cat." 😄 Benmont, if you're reading this, one request: WRITE A BOOK!
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    chimera

    the Southern Accents/Wildflowers Theory

    I agree in terms of what it could have been, if they'd had their shit together at the time.
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    Gregory18

    New interview with Benmont

    Incredible interview. You feel the love and admiration Benmont has for all his bandmates, especially Stan and Howie. I love the "Elvis in Bondage" story. 🤣 I was shocked to hear about Benmont's cancer scare, but he seems to be ok. And hopefully will be for a long long time.
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    Chimera, Made me feel a bit sad for Stan, especially when Benmont mentions Iovine. Glad Benmont and Stan are still friends.
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    Yes, The Last DJ (song) qualifies, and so do enough songs on Wildflowers and She's The One, Echo even, to make them enjoyably mixed stylistically diverse albums to my ears. I missed the jangle and the harmony, the whole West Coast melancholia, that seeps through actually all the albums up to Mojo (with the exception of The Last DJ album, maybe). It probably started on Wildflowers, but you didn't really notice until Echo that Tom's divorce and all the nasty experiences tangled up in it took their toll. On Rhino Skin he sang, as we all know, "If you listen long enough / You can hear my skin grow tough". That put a lump in my throat back then, I remember that very precisely, and it still makes me sad when I hear it. Today I know exactly what he meant. I sensed it back then and I felt sorry for him, but now I can imagine how he felt. Not that I've been divorced, thank God, but there are other experiences that can make your skin grow tough. So I'm not disappointed or anything with HE. I totally understand how Tom could only have written such an album at that point in his life. It's just that it doesn't really do it for me, as an album, songwise. Almost everybody likes their Petty a bit different. ;-) Me, I wish he would have recorded something like Chris Hillman's Bidin' My Time that he produced. And I still think he had such an album in him, maybe one more Wildflowers, folky, countryish, singer-songwriter style. A wise and forgiving statement. There are traces of that on Mudcrutch 2. But I think he wasn't ready yet for such a personal statement on album level. He would have gotten there, eventually, I'm quite sure. That's easy to say now, of course, because I can never be proven wrong. But then again much of the most fun topics here on the Farm is based on mere speculation, isn't it? It's sad, so sad, that he's gone. Another solo album, maybe; maybe another one with the Heartbreakers, riding into the sunset with his holsters empty, a wry smile on his face as he turns around and greets everyone with a tip to the hat. Mama, put my guns into the ground, I can't shoot them anymore. On the other hand - would that really have been the way to go out for the kid who toyed around with a knife during business meetings in the late seventies, the guy who tore up a dollar bill on the cover of Rolling Stone, the man who wrote The Last DJ? Probably not. Absolutely.
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