Top Five Rock Bands with the Best Music Videos
By Lucy Tonic
FDRMX - February 27, 2015
Number One: Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers). Tom Petty is a classic rock artist who’s produced three solo studio albums and thirteen albums with the Heartbreakers. He is known for creating some of the most visually unique music videos. “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” off of Tom Petty’s 1989 album Full Moon Fever, begins with Petty opening a book like he’s about to tell a story- this would be a trademark in most of his videos. The video then goes on to show a black and white cartoon of Petty, surrounded by bizarre situations we would encounter in dreams.
“You Don’t Know How it Feels,” off of 1994’s Wildflowers, features a close-up of Petty with guitar and harmonica on a spinning platform; in the background we see an array of circus performers, lovers robbing a bank, people watering live flowers, a shooting range and an apparent transvestite. “You Got Lucky,” off of 1982’s Long After Dark, portrays Petty and the Heartbreakers dressed as primitive cowboys, who come across a warehouse filled with modern technology- similar to the Mad Max films.
“Don’t Come Around Here No More,” off of 1985’s Southern Accents, was a collaboration between Tom Petty and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics); the video has a memorable Alice in Wonderland theme, with Alice being eaten as cake by the band at the end. “Into the Great Wide Open,” off of the 1991 album of the same name, tells the story of Eddie (played by Johnny Depp,) a runaway-turned-rockstar who is ultimately “a rebel without a clue” (Faye Dunaway also stars in the video.) “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” which first appeared on the band’s 1993 album Greatest Hits, features Tom Petty taking a dead Kim Basinger out of the morgue, where he dances and has dinner with her before dropping her body in the ocean; at the end of the video, she opens her eyes.