The Petty Archives

Rock stars are now rolling out some serious messages
By Steve Morse
The Pittsburgh Press - May 30, 1987

Another songwriter adding depth to his music is Tom Petty. Ten years ago, the Florida native was consumed by romantic pop, witness his first hit, "American Girl." But his latest album, "Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)," fnds his band, the Heartbreakers, delving into more topical issues. Their current radio hit, "Jammin' Me," is an angry anthem. Petty spits out such verses as "Take back Iranian torture ... Take back El Salvador/Take back that country club/They're tryin' to build outside my door."