Friday, July 8, 2011

THE ROCK SONG OF THE DAY IS: TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS - MARY JANE'S LAST DANCE

"Mary Jane's Last Dance", by Tom Petty
"Mary Jane's Last Dance" is a song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers originally titled "Indiana Girl".

It was recorded on July 22, 1993 while Petty was recording his Wildflowers album, and was produced by Rick Rubin, guitarist Mike Campbell, and Tom Petty. The sessions would prove to be the last to include drummer Stan Lynch before his eventual departure in 1994. This song was first released as part of the Greatest Hits album in 1993. It rose to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first Billboard Top 20 hit of the 1990s, and also topped the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart for two weeks.

 Asked if the song was about drugs (since "Mary Jane" is a common nickname for marijuana, and marijuana is said to kill pain), Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell said, "My take on it is it can be whatever you want it to be. A lot of people think it's a drug reference, and if that's what you want to think, it very well could be, but it could also just be a goodbye love song."

The music video, which won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video in 1994, features Petty as a morgue assistant who takes home a dead woman (played by Kim Basinger) for a dinner date. A scene in the video featuring the woman wearing a wedding dress in a room full of wax candles is loosely based on a passage from the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations.

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