ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante and his girlfriend, BUTCHER BABIES singer Carla Harvey, have uploaded their cover version of the 1990 Tom Petty classic “Yer So Bad”. The couple filmed the video while in self-quarantine and the track also features SUICIDAL TENDENCIES bassist Roberto “Ra” Diaz on the bottom end.
Benante uploaded the video to his YouTube channel, saying: “We miss you, Tom Petty! One of the American greats! Not only a stellar multi instrumentalist but the king of story telling through his lyrics. His songs are familiar, yet they never sound dated. Hearing them after awhile just reminds you of how good he was!
“What you may not know about Petty was that he was an advocate for fair treatment of musical artists and fans alike. He fought the record industry to avoid his contract be transferred, saying he didn’t want to be ‘bought and sold like a piece of meat,’ and later fought to keep the prices of his albums down so that everyone could afford him.
“This song has always been a favorite of mine, the lyrics, the Jangly guitars, his voice… he and the HEARTBREAKERS wrote some catchy stuff .
“This one features the beautiful Carla Harvey of the BUTCHER BABIES and Ra Diaz from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, they rule! Thanks to Andy Lagis for mixing and Dima Levanchuk for video editing – I [love] tom Petty #mikecampbell”
Petty died in October 2017 of an accidental overdose due to a mixture of medications. He was 66 years old.