ONE IN ONE OUT:
So in ’78 me & my mate Ross went to see Nils Lofgren play
the Capitol Cinema in Cardiff. Nils was fantastic, summersaulting
through the air off his little tram-pet, rainbow streamers
fluttering like birds of paradise off the head of his Strat as he
flew through the air, but it was the support band who blew us away,
– Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
I went straight out the next day & bought Tom’s first album,
playing it on a loop in my little flea infested room in a rat
infested flat on the banks of the Taff. That album & those songs
got me through some of the darkest times I endured, living with
the rats & fleas.
Is his music a guilty pleasure for an Essex techno boy?
Naaah! – nothing guilty about pleasure so deep.