January 29, 2010
“Into the great wide open” by Tom Petty.
I’ve been on a huge Tom Petty kick lately, and this is one of those songs I way overplayed when it was released (especially the video, which I taped off MTV at a friend’s house–we didn’t have cable, “what am I made of money?!”– and would watch on the fancy VCR in my parents’ room back in 1991), only to get sick of it and recently rediscover it. I love Petty’s later stuff, in particular Wildflowers, Echo and for reasons unclear even to me, the “She’s the one” soundtrack, but I sort of miss his doing long, epic songs like this one (also, “Last dance with Maryjane”).