Tom Petty – Damn The Torpedoes


Tom Petty Damn The Torpedoes, hand-drawn from the album cover with Tom holding a 1963 Rickenbacker 625/12 string guitar, age 29.

Damn the Torpedoes is the third studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released on October 19, 1979.
The album was a breakthrough for Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Petty is holding a 1963 Rickenbacker 625/12 twelve-string guitar. This model would eventually become the 660/12.

Heartbreakers lead guitarist Mike Campbell recalls how he bought the guitar: “So I called up one day regarding an ad in the paper, and a guy had a Rickenbacker twelve-string for $200″.
“I drove out there, and he brought this guitar out, and my heart sank because I wanted the big one (Rickenbacker 360-12) like George Harrison or Roger McGuinn with the bigger body”.
I thought, ‘Aww, this is not what I wanted”.

Because of his disappointment, Campbell managed to get the price down to $150.
Thankfully, the guitar sounded good and was able to fill out the sound the way that the Heartbreakers wanted.
Oddly enough, Campbell got a surprise when he took the guitar to the Rickenbacker factory.
After looking up the serial number, Campbell was informed that his guitar was the very next guitar off the assembly line after Harrison’s original twelve-string.

Damn The Torpedoes produced hits such as: “Refugee”, “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “Here Comes My Girl” and “Even The Losers”.
The album title is a reference to a famous quote by Admiral David Farragut: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”.

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