Monday, September 17, 2012

"Refugee" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Song#:  0028
Date:  01/26/1980
Debut:  63
Peak:  15
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock, Arena Rock

Pop Bits:  Following a legal dispute with their label, the band got back to business and released the classic album "Damn the Torpedoes," which featured the Top 10 hit "Don't Do Me Like That." This follow-up single also did well and helped to push Petty and crew into the big leagues.

ReduxReview:  For some reason I was kind of oblivious to Tom Petty back in the day. I was kind of familiar with the songs, but that was about it. Years later I was thinking - why did I not latch on this to begin with! Idiot. Somewhere, somebody must have finally kicked me around some and knocked some sense into me. Such a great album with kick-ass sound.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  The album peaked at #2 and was unfortunately kept there for seven weeks thanks to another classic album hogging the top spot - Pink Floyd's "The Wall."



  1. I believe this is the first single that I would rate at an 8 or 9. Probably the only one that I would consider essential so far, although I'm a fan of ZZ Top's =Deguello=/"Thank You." - M

  2. Chart Run: 63 - 50 - 31 - 26 - 23 - 19 - 17 - 15 - 15 - 21 - 27 - 39 - 54 - 93