Tom Petty

Peace in L.A.

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Like many Californians, Tom Petty was shocked, outraged and saddened at the 1992 L.A. riots and the ensuing destruction. Unlike any of his peers, he decided to do something about, rushing into the studio with Mike Campbell to quickly record his protest song, "Peace in L.A.," and release it within weeks of the riots. Certainly, it's hard to fault Petty's intentions, but it's a singularly weird experience to hear a protest song performed in slick Full Moon Fever fashion. Then again, the song itself isn't particularly memorable, apart from its message. It's interesting as an artifact, much like an old newspaper, but it's hard to shake the impression that "Peace in L.A." would have sat on the shelf if it hadn't been for politics and protest. ["Peace in L.A." was backed by a "Peace Mix" of the title track on both the CD and cassette singles.]

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:59
2 4:42
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