Coincidence? I think not.

While driving and enjoying a little Tom Petty yesterday it dawned on me how similar part of “Freefallin'” is to a part of a Belle and Sebastian song “Judy and the Dream of Horses”.

Exhibit A: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Freefallin'”

The third verse includes:

“And all the bad boys, are standing in the shadows

All the good girls, are home with broken hearts”

Exhibit B: Belle and Sebastian, “Judy and the Dream of Horses” 

The fourth verse includes:

“the best looking boys are taken

the best looking boys* are staying inside”

*(i could have sworn it was girls, but their official site says boys. I wouldn’t be surprised if they change it a lot.)

Now obviously Tom Petty’s classic was written a lot earlier than the Belle and Sebastian tune. It was the opening track on his 1989 solo album (his first). Judy and the Dream of Horses was on Belle and Sebastian’s 1996 album If You’re Feeling Sinister.

There’s also the horse similarity. Judy and the Dream of Horses; and Tom Petty’s girl loves horses.

If I didn’t know any better I’d say that Stuart Murdoch was inspired by Tom Petty. Luckily to good results.

IN WHICH A PERSON CONTINUES TO LONG FOR ERAS SHE DID NOT LIVE THROUGH, VINTAGE ROLLING STONE MAGAZINES PART 6

Lest you think I’ve found better ways to spend my time, this little ongoing series of my adventures pillaging dusty old periodicals continues!

Terri Garr

Teri Garr is so cool. Also I want an applause sign (February 17, 1983).

dustin hoffman

I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like Dustin Hoffman. (February 3, 1983)

bowie shark

Bowie shark.

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Ooh bad boy Petty tearin’ up currency (February 3, 1983).

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Petty tour ad from the January 6, 1983/December 23rd, 1982 double issue.

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Sigh. Elvis Costello also in that double issue.

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Jumping back to 1972 with this Bowie cover. Dig that headline.

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Now that, is a rock star. Same issue as above, November 9, 1972.

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November 9, 1972. I had no idea Martin Mull was ever so big. I think my only reference point for him was his stint on Roseanne. Which perhaps sells his career short, meaning no short shrift to the brilliance of Roseanne. He was annoying in that role though.

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Pardon the blur; I guess Bowie makes me unsteady. The caption: “Bowie in New York: “America is the loneliest place in the world”. January 18, 1973.

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Poco ad, January 4, 1973. Funny how once you discover something, it pops up in your life again.

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Certainly not just a children’s book author. January 18, 1973.

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Look at Zappa in that sweater vest. March 15, 1973.

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Poor Ronnie. March 15, 1973.

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I love illustrated ads. So rare these days. Also March 15, 1973.

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Words to live by. April 26, 1973.

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Trippy ol’ Todd, May 10, 1973.

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Kim Fowley, May 10, 1973.

And now, back to the 80s.

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How have I not seen this movie? August 19, 1982.

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Be still me heart. Joe Strummer. Same Tron issue.

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Worlds are colliding!

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I’ve got to keep up the Hall and Oates quota around here. November 11, 1982.

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Bittersweet. From the October 28, 1982 issue.

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Just a coupla cover boys. E.T. July 22, and Sly July 8, 1982.

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Laurie Anderson in that July 8th issue too.

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I couldn’t agree more.

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Ach. I love these two. June 24, 1982.

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I would’ve hit that. June 10, 1982. (Do people still use that phrase?)

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Let’s end this post on a high note. As high as the hemline of Brokaw’s shorty shorts:

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all around your island

Better audio on the top video, but goofiness, and Ed Burns cameos in the proper video:

Though I am far from okay with the animals used in the video, I do dig the Wizard of Oz reference in the color changing elements.

This is a classic song that I forgot existed, and I now I can’t stop listening to it. Man, Petty.