- Runnin' Down a Dream
Name = Runnin' Down a Dream
Cover size =
Full Moon Fever
A-side = Runnin' Down a Dream
B-side = Alright For Now
Down the Line (12" & CD only)
Released = 1989
Format = 7", cassette,
12" & CD (UK only)
Recorded = 1988
Genre = Rock
Length = 4:23
Label = MCA
Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Mike Campbell
Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Mike Campbell
Audio sample? =
Last single = "
I Won't Back Down"
This single = "Runnin' Down a Dream"
Next single = "
"Runnin' Down a Dream" is a
songby Tom Petty, released in 1989on his first solo album " Full Moon Fever".
The song was full of various influences, including those of the Heartbreakers, as it was co-written by
Mike Campbell, along with Petty and Jeff Lynne. It was also a nod to Petty's musical roots, with the lyric "me and Del were singin' "Little Runaway" making reference to Del Shannonand "Runaway". "Runnin'" was the thematic and musical inverse to the same album's " Free Fallin'", motion in kind but direction in difference. The main riff was propulsive, instantiating itself in a battle of acoustic guitaragainst snare drumwith fuzz guitarlaced underneath and with vocal "ooh-oooh"s keeping that sense in full mind throughout.
music videofor "Runnin'", directed by Jim Lenahan, featured animation, based on several episodes of the classic comic strip " Little Nemo in Slumberland" by Winsor McCay, featuring a drawing style reminiscent of McCay's and showing Petty and a character who resembles Flip travelling through Slumberland.
"Runnin'" achieved reasonable chart success, reaching number 23 on the
Billboard Hot 100pop singles chart and the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Trackschart, which meant in practice considerable airplay then on album-oriented rockstations. It has since garnered significant airplay on classic rockstations. It was used on the soundtrack for the videogame "" and was the official theme song of the 2006 NBA Finalsas well as the 2008 NBA Finals. [cite news | url=http://archive.boulderweekly.com/062206/highdecibel.html | title=B-ball blues | author=Vince Darcangelo | publisher=" Boulder Weekly" | date=2006-06-22 | accessdate=2008-03-02] It closed Petty and the Heartbreakers' performance at the February 2008 Super Bowl XLII Halftime Show,cite news | url=http://www.adweek.com/aw/content_display/news/media/e3i282efa25a99dbc22e2d2652610aaecdc?imw=Y | title=Super Bowl XLII Halftime Recap | author=Ann Donahue | publisher=" Adweek" | date=2008-02-03 | accessdate=2008-03-02] encoda'ed with a long Mike Campbellguitar solo.
Horror punk/metal artist Wednesday 13covered the song on his BloodworkEP, released exclusively on iTunes
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