Jersey boys, The Gaslight Anthem, are no strangers to Tom Petty; aside from referencing him in their song “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues,” they’ve been known to cover Petty’s “American Girl” and “Refugee” live. In preparation for their forthcoming album Handwritten, they’ve paid tribute yet again. “You Got Lucky” is the B-side on the band’s most recent single, 45. It’s a deliberately paced, and positively more gritty homage to the synthesizer infused original.
Gaslight replaces the wobbly synthesizers and with plunky piano and howling guitar riffs in their cover of the 1982 classic. They’re faithful to the original, but actually slow it down a few paces. The unhurried pace and bluesiness of the cover calls to mind another New Jersey native: Bruce Springsteen. Considering the similarity in tone and themes to The Boss, it’s only appropriate that Springsteen has joined Gaslight Anthem onstage a handful of times.
45 is the lead single from the band’s fourth album Handwritten, available July 23rd through Mercury Records.
Listen to Gaslight Anthem’s cover of “You got Lucky” here.
The band is currently on a European tour hitting the Summer festival circuit. After returning stateside, they’ll play Metallica’s Orion Festival June 23rd, then embark on a U.S. solo national tour followed by a series of shows in September opening up for Rise Against.