Written By Braddon S. Williams
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: Damn The Torpedos
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers hit the big time with Damn The Torpedoes in 1979. Their first two albums had great songs and performances, but lacked great production and promotion. Damn The Torpedoes fixed those minor details and showed the world what Tom and the boys were truly capable of.
Refugee and Don’t Do Me Like That were certified smash hits, but Tom Petty didn’t write any throw away songs, and the deep cuts were gems on this classic record. Century City, Louisiana Rain, and What Are You Doin’ In My Life? could have been hits in an alternate universe, and Even The Losers and Here Comes My Girl both made it onto the Greatest Hits album (both being among my all-time favorite Petty tunes).
Jimmy Iovine provided the stellar production and guidance that helped shaped The Heartbreakers attack into the perfect band to support Petty’s flair for writing outstanding heartland rock ‘n roll. The man is gone, but what a treasure filled legacy he left behind. Damn The Torpedoes is a timeless album that will still sound amazing for decades to come.