Thursday, November 22, 2012

"Here Comes My Girl" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Song#:  0149
Date:  04/26/1980
Debut:  80
Peak:  59
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Still riding high with "Damn the Torpedoes," the group released this third single from the now-classic album. Although the song didn't hit the Top 15 like the previous two singles, it was still a rock radio hit and showed a more sensitive side to Petty's music, especially when following the blistering "Refugee" single.

ReduxReview:  This is just excellent songwriting. Another stunner from "Damn the Torpedoes." I just love how he starts out talking over the riff, moves to singing and keeps increasing the tension and volume until the relief of the chorus hits. Wanna write a great rock song? Study this one kids...

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  When he was younger, Petty worked on the grounds crew at the University of Florida. Apparently while working there, he planted a lime tree. The tree is still there and is commonly known as the Tom Petty tree, although Petty has no recollection of ever planting anything there. Another odd job he did in the pre-fame days was working as a gravedigger - briefly.


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