Don't Come Around Here No More
|"Don't Come Around Here No More"|
|Single by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers|
|from the album Southern Accents|
|Released||February 28, 1985|
|Genre||Pop rock, new wave, psychedelic rock|
|Writer(s)||Tom Petty, David A. Stewart|
|Producer||Tom Petty, David A. Stewart, Jimmy Iovine|
|Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers singles chronology|
"Don't Come Around Here No More" is a song written by Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and David A. Stewart of the Eurythmics. It was released in February 1985 as the lead single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1985 album Southern Accents.
Background and writing
The original inspiration was a romantic encounter that Stewart had with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. On The Howard Stern Show, Dave Stewart explained that the title's phrase was actually uttered by Nicks. She had broken up with Joe Walsh the night before, and invited Stewart to her place for a party after an early Eurythmics show in Los Angeles. Stewart did not know who she was at the time, but went anyway. When the partygoers all disappeared to a bathroom for a couple of hours to snort cocaine, he decided to go upstairs to bed. He woke up at 5am to find Nicks in his room trying on Victorian clothing and described the entire scenario as very much reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. Later that morning, she told Walsh, "Don't come around here no more".
The music video is themed around Alice in Wonderland and directed by Jeff Stein. Dave Stewart appears as the caterpillar at the beginning, sitting on a mushroom with a hookah water pipe while playing a sitar. Tom Petty performed in the video dressed as The Mad Hatter, and actress Wish Foley played Alice. At the end of the video, Alice, who has been turned into a cake, is eaten by Petty and even friends of her own after she wakes up from her awful dream. Despite causing criticism from feminist groups, the video won the first MTV Video Music Award for Best Music Video.
Wish Foley dated drummer Stan Lynch for many years after the video was shot. The teacup was made out of an aboveground pool, and the donut was a giant innertube. The water was so cold inside the teacup that Wish had hypothermia at the end of the shoot. After 24 hours of shooting the teacup scene was shot.
MTV told Tom Petty that he looked too menacing at the end of the video when he was cutting the cake that looked like Wish's body. The network asked if the shot could be replaced. Jeff Stein asked that the cake be filled with strawberry jam. Many parent groups and individuals like Tipper Gore were outraged.
The video was set to premiere via satellite because of the time crunch. This meant that MTV's standards and practices wouldn't get to see the final edit.
- Tom Petty - lead vocals, piano
- Mike Campbell - guitar, bass synthesizer
- Benmont Tench - string synthesizer
- Stan Lynch - drums, percussion
- Howie Epstein - bass guitar, vocals
- David A. Stewart - electric sitar, synthesizer, vocals
- Dean Garcia - intro bass guitar
- Daniel Rothmuller - cello
- Stephanie Sprull - backing vocals
- Sharon Celani - backing vocals
- Marilyn Martin - backing vocals
- Alan "Bugs" Weidel - wild dog piano
|Canadian Top 100 Singles (RPM)||20|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||42|
|UK Singles Chart||50|
|US Billboard Hot 100||13|
|US Album Rock Tracks (Billboard)||2|
Susanna of Susanna and the Magical Orchestra gives the song a low-key, piano-based cover on her 2008 album Flower of Evil. British indie pop singer-songwriter Diana Vickers covered the song as a promotional track ahead of the release of her second album. The song was parodied by Bob Rivers.
- Don't Come Around Here No More Songfacts
- Conversations With Tom Petty, 2005
- Top Singles - Volume 42, No. 11, May 25 1985. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
- "Charts.org.nz – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Don't Come Around Here No More". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
- "Tom Petty Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Tom Petty. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
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