Tom Petty Mad Hatter 1985 Caricature


Tom Petty Mad Hatter 1985 Caricature, shown here, age 35 on the set of his MTV video for his hit tune “Don’t Come Around Here No More” in 1985.

“Don’t Come Around Here No More” is a song written by Tom Petty and David A. Stewart of The Eurythmics. It was released in February 1985 as the lead single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Southern Accents” album.

The original inspiration was an encounter that producer David A. Stewart of The Eurythmics had with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac.
Stewart explained that the title’s phrase was actually uttered by Nicks. She had broken up with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh the night before, and invited Stewart to her place for a party after an early Eurythmics show in Los Angeles. Stewart did not know who she was at the time, but went anyway. When the partygoers all disappeared to a bathroom for a couple of hours to snort cocaine, he decided to go upstairs to bed. He woke up at 5 a.m. to find Nicks in his room trying on Victorian clothing and described the entire scenario as very much reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. Later that morning, she told Walsh, “Don’t come around here no more.”

The music video is themed around Alice in Wonderland and was directed by Jeff Stein. Dave Stewart appears as the caterpillar at the beginning, sitting on a mushroom with a hookah water pipe while playing a sitar. In true “Looking Glass” fashion, Petty appears in the video dressed as The Mad Hatter, hovering over a huge cup of tea at his “Mad Tea Party” and actress Louise “Wish” Foley played Alice. At the climax of the video, Alice is turned into a cake and is eaten by Petty and even friends of her own. The video ends with her being swallowed whole by Petty, after which he gives a small burp and pats his mouth dry.

Director Jeff Stein’s checkered background motif is actually a reference to the second book “Through the Looking-Glass.” While the first book dealt with a deck of cards as a theme, the second was based on a game of chess in which Alice as a pawn, would progress across the board/world until she was crowned as a queen.

The song ranked number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


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Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
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