Clips & Pix: The Dirty Knobs/Wreckless Abandon

I just saw Mike Campbell turned 70 years today, so thought it would be fun to post the above official clip of Reckless Abandon, a new song he wrote. It’s the title track of the upcoming debut album by The Dirty Knobs, a side-band to The Heartbreakers Campbell founded nearly 12 years ago. The album is set for release on March 20 – can’t wait to hear all of it!

Happy birthday!

Sources: Relix; YouTube

5 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: The Dirty Knobs/Wreckless Abandon”

  1. Good tune but there is no question in my mind whatsoever that had I heard that on the radio I would have thought it was a Petty song I hadn’t heard. I think he needs to find his own voice, I really do.

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    1. I agree, it could be a Tom Petty tune. Given Mike’s long history with Tom, which includes co-writing many songs, I actually would have been surprised if it sounded very different.

      I imagine The Dirty Knobs are going to attract at least some of the old Heartbreakers fans to their concerts. It looks like they are going to tour midsize venues to support the album. I doubt the record itself is going to be a big seller.

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      1. Yeah, if you drop his name to the average person they won’t know it. Also, bear in mind that Mike wrote the music for “Boys of Summer” which is so unlike Petty that Tom rejected it, a decision he came to regret. Don Henley heard it, wrote the lyrics and boom – hit. But as to this song, it’s probably just as true to say that he (or his management) said Make it sound like Petty. And who can blame them given what you said about it likely not being a bestseller.

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      2. Good point about the Don Henley tune, which I dig, BTW.

        In fact, I also just read about Campbell’s collaborations with other artists. It’s a pretty impressive list, including Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and Bob Dylan, to name some. I didn’t realize he worked with so many other folks.

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      3. Oddly, my son likes that song and cited it as some level of inspiration for their last album. Campbell is Number 79 on Rolling Stone’s much-maligned guitarist list.

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