After conflicting reports as to his well being, Tom Petty has passed away at 66. The rock legend was found unconscious in his Malibu home after suffering cardiac arrest yesterday, eventually being taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital; though Petty held on much longer than original reports stated, several outlets now confirm his passing. If you’ve already made your way through your favorite songs on Spotify, spare some time for his most memorable music videos.
Kim Basinger plays a dead woman in “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” which won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video in 1994. “I said, ‘She’s got to look really good, or why would he keep her around after she’s dead?'” Petty once said of his reasoning for casting her. “I thought, ‘Kim Basinger would be good. I’d probably keep her for a day or two, let’s go see if she would do it.’ You can make a joke about it, but you have to act a bit to be dead. It’s not easy.”
Like “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” before it, “You Don’t Know How It Feels” won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video in 1995 — which made Petty a back-to-back honoree.
Jeff Stein directed this video, which takes its inspiration from “Alice in Wonderland” and features Petty playing the Mad Hatter.
Julien Temple, who’s worked with a host of rock-and-roll legends ranging from David Bowie and Judas Priest to Neil Young and Paul McCartney directed the black-and-white video for “Learning to Fly.”
Temple also helmed the video for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ all-timer.
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