Third albums have always been make or break for a band and none more so than Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1979 classic 'Damn the Torpedoes'. The album almost never made it out due to a dispute with their record label Shelter that had been purchased by MCA. Petty stood his ground, went bankrupt and MCA backed down allowing the band to sign to Backstreet Records (that would have their distribution via MCA).
Denny Cordell, who had produced the first two albums was dispensed with as the band thought they had got as far as they could soundwise with him and on board jumped Jimmy Iovine who co-produced the album with Tom Petty.
Released in October 1979 the album speed up the charts peaking at #2 in the USA (their debut in 1976 barely reached #55 and the follow up 'You're Gonna Get It' crept into the Top 30 stumbling at #23). It would be their highest place album until 2010's 'Mojo' also got stuck at #2.
All songs were written by Tom Petty, except where noted.
- "Refugee" (Petty, Mike Campbell) – 3:22
- "Here Comes My Girl" (Petty, Campbell) – 4:27
- "Even the Losers" – 4:01
- "Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)" – 4:25
- "Century City" – 3:45
- "Don't Do Me Like That" – 2:44
- "You Tell Me" – 4:35
- "What Are You Doin' in My Life?" – 3:27
- "Louisiana Rain" – 5:54
2. Here Comes My Girl
3. Even The Losers
4. Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)
5. Century City
1. Don't Do Me Like That
2. You Tell Me
3. What Are You Doin' In My Life
4. Louisiana Rain
Listen to the whole album here!