Petty assaulted the airwaves with radio-friendly hits—"American Girl," "Refugee," "Free Fallin'," "The Waiting," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Into the Great Wide Open," and more—that were also about things. Wanderlust and loneliness and yearning. He was a skinny, sensitive artist you didn't want to cross. When he felt the record companies were turning him into a commodity, he acted. His label wanted to raise the price on a vinyl record, Hard Promises, from $8.98 to "superstar pricing," $9.98. He and the band rebelled, threatening to rename the disk Eight Ninety Eight. In the end, the label backed down. Another time, in a protracted dispute over distribution rights, another label thought they could wait him out. The guy had just declared bankruptcy, after all. "You don't understand," Petty told the suits. "I'll sell peanuts before I give up." Again, it was the record company that backed down.