Although Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had been around for a while a song on Damn the Torpedoes in 1979 kind of clarified everything for Tom petty. The song was: “Even the Losers”. It was never a single but got a ton of airplay and became a staple for the band. Tom said that song “opened up a whole new world” for him “thematically and conceptually.” He explained why it was especially meaningful to him.
“I think that’s one of my favorite ones that I ever did, because it’s so much us, it couldn’t be anyone but us. The song sounds like a great big acoustic guitar, almost, to me. But there isn’t one on it, it’s all electric. But just that way of playing that song really opened up a whole new world for me thematically and conceptually. We’d found our sound. Yep, this is us.”