On covering Breakdown by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:
I've always loved this song, I was only 5 or 6 the first time I heard it come sneaking through the dash speakers in the family car. Back then I didn't know what it was about, I figured it was some guy singing about his car breaking down! Didn't matter of course, that music just washes over you and transports you somewhere cooler than wherever you happen to be.
Using the fretless bass for that famous melody was something I'd wanted to try for awhile. It's such a mysteriously sexy, intimate song, I didn't wanna mess it up with too much production, so I decided to use a simple cajon - which is essentially a wooden crate - for the percussion. I didn't like the sound of the one I had, so I built a new one in my garage. Sometimes you gotta get your hands dirty to get the right sound.
The original version of Breakdown is perfect. It's impossible to imagine changing anything, but I've always wished it was longer! it goes by so fast, and I just want to hang out in that atmosphere for awhile. If I can hang out there with my Strat, all the better - so playing the extended instrumental bit at the end was natural.
I hope fans of the song will dig this version – I had a great time putting it together.