"Don't Come Around Here No More" (1985)
The only Petty clip to be nominated for Video of the Year – losing to Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer" – "Don't Come Around Here No More" found a visual complement to the song's trippy, quietly unsettling vibe. Shot over a weekend at SIR Studios in Hollywood, the Jeff Stein-directed video re-creates the nightmare world of Alice in Wonderland, casting Petty as a slyly menacing Mad Hatter, complete with the singer's trademark sunglasses, as he torments a terrified Alice. "I was knocked out when I saw the final cut," Petty later said in I Want My MTV. "I played it 30 times in a row."
An up-and-coming actress, Louise Foley, got the part after a series of auditions. "They were looking for a sexy Alice," she said in 2013, "so my mom and I went shopping and found a tight pink puff sleeve T-shirt, skintight black jeans … and a pair of kitten heel Mary Janes." And although Petty in the video makes her life a living hell, eventually serving her up as cake to the rest of his costumed band members, Foley recalled that he couldn't have been nicer. "Petty was a southern gentleman," she said. "He was very soft-spoken and seemed very shy. I was confused by his demeanor because, at the time, rock stars were out-of-control, narcissistic, decadent egomaniacs. Petty didn't have any of these traits." She went on to date Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch for the next five years.