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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Musicians Steve Ferrone (L) and Tom Petty perform onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Tom Petty at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: “Rebels”

The Hook: For Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, it evokes what it was like growing up in the south.

Year: 1985

Album: Southern Accents

Writer: Tom Petty

Stats: Peaked at number-five on Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks chart and number-74 on the Hot 100.

Background: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench says recording “Rebels” was a frustrating experience for him, but not because he didn’t think it was a great song. He tells us what he remembers most about the session that produced it.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench on what he remembers about recording “Rebels.” OC:…that song. :29

“Just trying really hard to get it to Tom’s satisfaction, which was incredibly difficult to do because he had something in his head that I don’t think we ever really got. And I know that must have been really frustrating for him. But I loved the song from the second he played it for me on the acoustic guitar. It evokes what it felt like down there growing up. It’s a very subtle song. And you can listen to it and find a lot of different layers. There’s a lot of defeat and sadness in that song.”