Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"Change of Heart" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Song#:  1360
Date:  02/26/1983
Debut:  54
Peak:  21
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Petty & Co.'s first single from his "Long After Dark" LP was the #20 "You Got Lucky." This follow-up did just about as well but ended up peaking one notch shy of becoming their fifth Top 20 single. However, it was another Top 10 at Mainstream Rock where the song reached #10. The two singles helped the album hit #9, but it signaled a dip in the band's popularity with the album only reaching gold status.

ReduxReview:  Although this song approached the Top 20, it has pretty much been ignored since then. I can understand why. It is not among Petty's best work and truly pales in comparison to his classic tracks. I'm actually surprised this song did so well. It's a good song, but it doesn't have that extra oomph of Petty-ness that just grabs your ears. Plus, Petty sounds a bit extra whiny here, which can be a little grating. The band rocks, as usual.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  During the sessions for the "Long After Dark" album, the band recorded the song "Keeping Me Alive." Petty thought it would be a good addition to the album, but producer Jimmy Iovine disagreed. He wasn't a fan of the song and eventually it got cut from the album. The song did finally see the light of day on the 1995 compilation set "Playback."


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