Archive | Oct 20, 2017

Certain Songs #1020: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – “Runaway Trains”

Album: Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)
Year: 1987

One of the things I learned while immersing myself in Warren Zanes highly recommended Petty biography, Peter Bogdonavich’s Running Down a Dream documentary and now Paul Zollo’s Conversations With Tom Petty was that the Tom Petty / Mike Campbell co-writes really weren’t what I’d imagined.

I always figured that they might have written songs together, or a least come up with them in the studio, but instead, it was more like Campbell would continually make demos for Petty, and if Petty heard something he liked, he’d work with it.