Title: I Need To Know

Artist: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Album: You’re Gonna Get It!

Year Released: 1978

What It Is: Vintage early Tom Petty, where he takes a bit of the Byrds, a bit of Dylan, and a bit of the Stones, and mixed it all together. It was “New Wave” for a brief time but soon he was grouped into Classic Rock, though his early songs like this sounded so fresh on the radio back in the day.

Riffage / Hookage: The chorus is pretty catchy and the guitar riff (which I’m sure is Mike Campbell’s doing) is a great Stones rip.

Cowbell?: Nah, just some solid workmanlike drumming.

Words Of Wisdom: “Well the talk on the street
Says you might go solo
A good friend of mine saw you leavin by the back door”

You know, you’re always the LAST to know when a cheatin’ situation happens.

Mixology Report: Good for a rock n’ roll mix. Petty’s nasaly vocals may clash with some vocal styles, so please mix wisely if in a free-for-all.

For The Good Of The Order: This hit #41 on the charts as a single, the cruelest number. It’s just one spot away from Casey’s countdown and more national attention, but so far away from it.

Here’s a vintage live TV spot from TP&TH. Poor Benmont Tench was almost forgotten about. Mike Campbell hasn’t changed his look a bit. But why would he need to?

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