The Petty Archives

The Eye: Dead Beat
By Deborah Russell
Billboard - January 14, 1994

Tom Petty's new MCA video "Mary Jane's Last Dance," starring bankrupt actress Kim Basinger as a corpse who's caught Petty's fancy, has to be one of the most revolting pieces of tape we've seen lately. Maybe director Keir McFarlane of Palomar Pictures was going for the camp factor, but we couldn't get behind the "Weekend At Tom's" concept. And how intriguing that Basinger, who passed on the part of a living -- albeit limbless -- character in the controversial film "Boxing Helena," would partake in this necrophiliac rock fantasy. Bleeech!