Full Screen Fever: Tom Petty’s Most GIFable Video Moments
This weekend marks a couple of milestones for Tom Petty. October 19 is the 34th anniversary of his Heartbreakers' classic album, Damn the Torpedoes, which is reason enough to break out the dusty old vinyl and belt out "Refugee" at the top of one's lungs. But more importantly, it's Tom's birthday. Yes, Mr. Petty was born a rebel on October 20, 1950, which of course makes him THE coolest 63-year-old on the planet. (Sorry, Dad. You didn't headline Bonnaroo this year. Tom did.)
So what makes Tom so agelessly cool? Well, many things. Too many to list here. But his decades-spanning videography makes a pretty strong case for his greatness. Way back when many of his classic-rock peers were pooh-poohing this new-fangled thingy called MTV, Tom embraced the music video medium, invited his fabulous friends (Johnny Depp, Kim Basinger, Ringo Starr) to the MTV party — and in one video, he even served some cake. Some really creepy cake.
To celebrate Tom's big day, let's have some video cake and watch it, too. Here are the man's most memorable music video moments, via the birthday GIFs that keep on giving.
"Don't Come Around Here No More" (watch it here)
This psychedelic, Wonderlandian classic was one of Tom's first truly epic videos. Along with an opening scene featuring the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart seated on a magic mushroom strumming a sitar, there was the scene where Alice (played by Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch's then-girlfriend) sloshed around in Mad Hatter Tom's teacup…
…and that time when she gave Tom indigestion…
…and then, of course, the freaky scene when Alice became a human sheet cake. For this video shoot, only one cake was baked, so the scene had to be done in one take. (Hey, that rhymes!) Luckily, Tom and his band aced this cake, and this scene.