Saturday, May 9, 2015

"You Got Lucky" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Song#:  1252
Date:  11/13/1982
Debut:  58
Peak:  20
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Petty's fifth album, "Long After Dark," was another success reaching #9 on the album chart thanks in part to this first single that became the band's fourth Top 20 hit. It was also a smash at rock radio where it reached #1. Despite the solid lead-off, the album didn't sell quite as well as their previous two platinum efforts and only got to gold-level.

ReduxReview:  Petty move into the 80s with this song. It was their first album to feature a synth and it worked out pretty darn good, at least on this song. The album as a whole was not one of their best efforts, but this song is certainly a stand-out and sits comfortably alongside their greatest hits.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Many established artists were not ready to embrace MTV and making music videos. Petty and crew were an exception. They set out to make something interesting and that certainly helped them get a lot of airplay on the new channel. The video for this song was developed by the band and was unusual at the time because the song didn't start until sometime after the minute mark. The Mad Max-ish style video was high concept for MTV and both the channel and viewers ate it up.


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