In 1978 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers assembled with producer Jimmy Iovine at Sound City Studios to start work on their third album, 1979’s Damn The Torpedoes. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fell in love with Sound City and recorded three more LPs at the famed studio. Sound City was also one of two studios where Tom Petty tracked his 1994 masterpiece Wildflowers. Petty tragically died on October 2, 2017 due to cardiac arrest caused by an accidental overdose. That day, Slightly Stoopid was recording at Sound City.
Slightly Stoopid are one of many acts from a wide range of genres that have been influenced by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Miles Doughty, a co-founding member of Slightly Stoopid, decided to deal with his grief over the loss of a musical hero by recording one of Petty’s songs in a studio where Tom recorded numerous great songs. Yesterday, Slightly Stoopid shared Miles’ rendition of “Wildflowers.”
“This version of ‘Wildflowers’ is a one-take live recording from Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, where Tom Petty recorded numerous greats, on the day of his passing. It was a tough day losing someone you feel so connected with through the power of his lyrics and music. It was the soundtrack of growing up. He truly was an American Icon. I was lucky to see him play in San Diego 2 weeks before he passed. This is a tribute to one of my musical heroes, Tom Petty,” wrote Doughty.
Listen to Slightly Stoopid’s tribute to Tom Petty: