Tom Petty would’ve been 70 today. Bands always search for their “sound”. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers found it with “Even the Losers” in the album Damn the Torpedoes in 1979 Tom Petty said the song “opened up a whole new world” for him “thematically and conceptually.” “Even the Losers” was never a single for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but over the years it became one of their most played songs on rock radio. In a 2001 interview, 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.”