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Rock Rewind: Tom Petty “Runnin’ Down a Dream”

The word is out that after 37 years making rock & roll (and becoming a household name in the process), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have scored their first-EVER number-one album with Hypnotic Eye, released July 25.  (It’s a good album—you should listen to it.)

Of course, some industry reports are reminding us that this number-one has come during the slowest sales period of the year, during a particularly slow year for album sales—but a number-one is a number-one.  And it gives us a perfect excuse to pull out another Tom Petty hit for this week’s Rock Rewind—just to demonstrate why this number-one is long-deserved.

“Runnin’ Down a Dream” was the second single from Full Moon Fever, Petty’s first solo effort (in other words, sans the Heartbreakers). While it didn’t get the same chart traction as “Free Fallin'” from the same record, it has earned longevity as a fan favorite over the years, becoming one of Petty’s many signature hits.  The song went on to become the namesake for the Heartbreakers’ 2007 documentary filmed by Peter Bogdanovich.  And of course, lots of us still remember Mike Campbell’s stunning guitar solo during the 2008 Superbowl Halftime Show, when Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers closed with this song.

Just for kicks, below the video for “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” I’ve also shared one of the singles from Hypnotic Eye, “American Dream Plan B.” Enjoy both!




 


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on MUSIC IS MY OXYGEN WEEKLY.

Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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