On this day in music history: March 26, 1985 -…

On this day in music history: March 26, 1985 – “Southern Accents”, the sixth album by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers is released. Produced by Tom Petty, Jimmy Iovine, Mike Campbell, David A. Stewart and Robbie Robertson, it is recorded at Gone Gator, Village Recorders, Sunset Sound and Church Studio from Late 1983 – Early 1985. The bands first new album in nearly three years, Petty and the Heartbreakers work with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics as well as Robbie Robertson of The Band. It is originally conceived as a “concept album” about Petty’s southern roots, it is abandoned when the three songs that he co-writes with Stewart do not fit the original theme. Sessions are tense with band members arguing over the creative direction of the album. At one point while mixing the track “Rebels”, Petty punches a wall in frustration, shattering his left hand, requiring extensive surgery to reconstruct the bones in his hand. A lengthy recovery period afterward further delays the albums’ completion. It spins off three singles including “Don’t Come Around Here No More” (#13 Pop), and “Make It Better (Forget About Me)” (#54 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued as an SHM-CD by Universal Japan in 2009. Out of print on vinyl for over twenty five years, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP in 2016, individually and as part of the box set “The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991)”. “Southern Accents” peaks at number seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.