Can't Get It Out of My Head: "Shadow of a Doubt"
It may come as a great shock to regular readers that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Damn the Torpedoes has been in Rocks Off's heavy rotation lately. Or maybe it won't. Either way, the entire album could pretty much apply to Can't Get It Out of My Head.
"Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)" was a tough call over power-pop treasure "Century City" and absolutely heartbreaking country ballad "Louisiana Rain," but this performance (which appears to be from Japanese TV from around the time of Torpedoes' 1979 release) sealed the deal. Benmont Tench alternates between sweeping "Refugee" organ and the majestic grand piano of "I Need to Know," while Mike Campbell peels off a savory guitar solo reminisent of the one on Torpedoes' "Even the Losers."
And Petty's lyrics... let's just say "She's always been so hard to figure out" has a lot of meaning for Rocks Off at the moment. - Chris Gray