Archive | Nov 02, 2017

Certain Songs #1033: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Free Girl Now”

Album: Echo
Year: 1999

All these years later, it’s a footnote, but “Free Girl Now” created a minor controversy when Tom Petty decided to allow it to be downloaded for free from for a couple of days, presumably just to see what would happen.

As a publicity stunt for Echo — his first real album with The Heartbreakers since 1991 — it was probably pretty successful: I’m sure that I was one of the people who downloaded it, and there was no way that free download was going to keep me from purchasing the whole album, especially after hearing the song.