Archive | Oct 03, 2017

Certain Songs #1003: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – “I Need To Know”

Album: You’re Gonna Get It!
Year: 1978

This is the one. Right here.

While I thought “Breakdown” was OK, and I never heard “American Girl” on the radio, I was absolutely bowled by “I Need To Know” from the very start, as it blasted from the FM radio and maybe the AM as well.

I’m pretty sure it was this song — plus the reviews of You’re Gonna Get It (I remember that either CREEM or Circus or maybe Rolling Stone called it “California mystery rock”) (probably because of the “go back to California line in “Hurt”) — that spurred me to try Tom Petty in late 1978, and I’ve never looked back.