Tom Petty will forever be lauded for his stellar catalog, but he might also be one of the most underrated video artists of all time.
Whether it was a performance video or a clip that followed a specific narrative, Petty was able to make visual magic the same way he could in the recording studio. As we honor the one year anniversary of his passing, here are eight iconic videos from Petty’s career.
“Stop Dragging My Heart Around”
Few duets were quite as cool as this one.
“Don’t Come Around Here No More”
We’re sure Lewis Carroll would approve of this strange video.
“Handle With Care”
We hope Petty, Harrison and Orbison are jamming right now.
A perfect time capsule of 1989.
“You Don’t Know How It Feels”
Some could argue that this is Petty’s best video, especially considering it’s just one continuous shot. And we can’t necessarily say they’re wrong.
“I Won’t Back Down”
This may technically be a solo Petty track, but that’s one hell of a backing band he has.
“Mary Jane’s Last Dance”
As far as “video babes” go, Kim Basinger was one of the hottest that was also in one of the creepiest videos ever.
“I Forgive It All”
From Mudcrutch’s second and final album, this beautifully shot video stars the legendary Anthony Hopkins and was directed by Sean Penn and Samuel Bayer.
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger. She loves her momma, America and is crazy about Elvis.