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A Petty for your thoughts: The head Heartbreaker got lucky with a gig doing new movie soundtrack
By Steve Morse
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Wednesday, September 4, 1996

Tom Petty is primed for the question. "You're into movies now?"

"Yeah, that's me -- Mr. Hollywood," Petty says with a laugh. "But I really took the job because it was a small movie. I wouldn't be interested in doing a Steven Spielberg movie or anything like that."

Petty is talking about the soundtrack that he and his band, the Heartbreakers, did for the comedy "She's the One."

Scoring a film is another first in Petty's prolific career, which has been on a new plateau since selling 4 million copies of his last disc, "Wildflowers."

"It's humbling when you stop to think about it," he says. "But I don't put my head up too often to see it. I just keep working."

Tom Petty
Lodi News-Sentinel - September 12, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tom Petty's wife of 22 years filed for legal separation.

Jane Petty's Superior Court petition cited unspecified "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for splitting with the rocker. The legal separation petition was filed Monday.

The couple's 14-year-old daughter lives with her mother, according to court papers filed by attorney Frederick Glassman.

Petty, who wrote the score for the recent movie "She's The One," wrote about a past separation from his wife in "It'll All Work Out." Petty was recently chosen to receive a Hollywood Walk of Fame star next year.

Heartbroken Over New Material
By Seth P. Brahler
The Lycourier - September 12, 1996

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- Songs and Music from She's the One
★★ out of ★★★★

The soundtrack to the Ed Burns romantic comedy, She's the One, is the first full length album from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers since 1991's Into the Great Wide Open. Their five hear hiatus was filled with a successful tour behind a greatest hits album and Petty's mellow solo album (triple platinum-selling Wildflowers). I was glad to see the Heartbreakers reunited for their 20th year in the music industry.

Tom Petty: Marriage is fallin' out.
Wilmington Star-News - September 12, 1996

Tom Petty's marriage of 22 years is free fallin'. Jane Petty has filed for separation from the leader of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The West Coast couple have a 14-year-old daughter.

Mr. Petty, 42, has hits including Free Fallin' and Don't Do Me Like That.

Entertainment: Petty calling it quits after 22 years
Tritonian - Friday, September 13, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tom Petty's marriage of 22 years is free fallin'.

Jane Petty has filed for separation from the leader of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have a 14-year-old daughter.

Petty, 42, won a Grammy in February for "You Don't Know How It Feels." His hits include "Free Fallin'" and "Don't Do Me Like That."

Review by Richard Paton
Toledo Blade - Sunday, October 27, 1996

"SHE'S THE ONE," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Warner Bros.) How can this not be a great disc when it opens with "Walls (Circus)"? The song has an appealing melody, washes of harmony, jangly guitars, a Beatles-esque sound, and Petty's distinctive vocals. Other tracks on this collection from the movie of the same name embrace a stylistic spectrum from minimalist "Grew Up Fast" to breezy "California."

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | She's the One | Warner Brothers
Review by Carleton Gholz
The Mac Weekly - October 31, 1996

Joanna Curtis, WMCN's co-general manager, says that Tom Petty is one of the scariest men. Period. Not just in rock, mind you, but in all walks of live. Why take a stab at one of pop rock's everlasting standbys in the Dylan-less days of large deregulated corporate rock? "What?" I said. "You don't like this guy? But his songs are so depravingly simple. Look at that smile. Watch those videos. Don't they speak to you?" And with a look of mild disgust Joanna turned away.

I must have been duped! I really liked that last record, Wildflowers, and honestly have soft spots in my heart for Full Moon Fever ("Running Down a Dream"... yeah). But ahhh, the experience of having your brain sucked out by indie rock. You aren't allowed to listen to corporate mind candy; you have to hold yourself up to some higher standard (at least while sober). God forbid you scream along to "Back in Black" in the middle of the day or find yourself carelessly snapping your fingers to Donna Summer tunes. Likewise, don't feel safe staging a reenactment of the Damn the Torpedoes tour in your dorm room anymore... not that I ever did.... You can't prove anything.

Martin's Music
By Dale Martin
The Victoria Advocate - Sunday, November 24, 1996

Tom Petty has been seen recently hanging out with American Records president, Rick Rubin, at various posh Los Angeles night spots. This adds to the rumors that Petty may jump ship soon and sign with this label once his Warner Brothers commitment is complete. Though no one knows for sure, one thing that is certain is their friendship and mutual admiration. Rubin invited Petty and his band to sit in on the recent Johnny Cash sessions and Petty asked Rubin to co-produce his latest "She's The One" CD. Tom had been asked to write a few tunes for the movie of the same name and that task led him to coming up with an album worth of material. It was decided that he and the Heartbreakers should do the entire soundtrack. What resulted was a tight collection of songs that fit the movie perfectly.

From the first single, "Walls," to the final departure song called "Airport," Petty and the boys take you on a journey of life's ups and downs while dealing with relationships between men and women. There's a rocker, "Zero from Outer Space." There's some country, "Change The Locks," written by Lucinda Williams. And there's some pop, the Beach Boys-inspired "California." While keeping within the confines of the movie's central theme, Petty still offers plenty for all music lovers.

Free records? No thanks
By Leah Garchik
The Deseret News - November 27, 1996

"I never had the dough to buy a lot of records until I was in the record business," Tom Petty has told Musician magazine. "Then right away I was amazed at how they would give you records. I'd take them home and listen to every cut on every lousy record they gave me.

"But then I started realizing that it's better to go and buy 'em, because they never sound right if they're given to you; not the same as if you went down and bought it..."