Mary Jane's Last Dance. Why Is It Covered So Much?

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  1. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Why is it when a band plays a Tom Petty song, they do "Last Dance with Mary Jane?" It's not even among the top 20 of his best songs IMHO.
     
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    Maybe because a lot of people regard it as a cool song, and it's not especially difficult for a band to play? I don't know--I've always thought of it as a similar cover to "Cocaine"-- not quite as easy or as overdone by bar bands, but a crowd pleaser and fun for the musicians.

    I do agree he has better songs.
     
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    Tom didn’t write any duds, IMO.
    It’s fun to play, though not many harpmonica;) players seem to know it.
    The guitar solo is cool.
    Sure miss Tom, I did not see his loss coming.
     
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    Why do people know "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" better than most of Dylan's arguably more accomplished songs?

    That's my guess anyway...
     
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    Because.
     
  6. schmee

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    It's a cool song, but I don't hear anyone cover it anymore, it's a bit well worn by now. But 10 years ago, yes. It seems to get as much, or more, air play on classic rock radio as any TP song though.
     
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    I think it's a great song. And a good job on the harmonica part impresses people.
     
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    Catchy murder ballad esque lyrics with a semi-veiled drug reference.
     
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    Can't say I've heard it.
     
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  10. studio1087

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    We cover.…..

    Last Dance with Mary Jane
    You Wreck Me
    Listen to Her Heart
    Great Wide Open
    Free Falling

    So there! We enjoy Tom and Mike! :cool:
     
  11. McGlamRock

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    I think that song was a generational crossover. It appealed to old farts and young whippersnappers alike. Well that was my experience; all my friends liked it and my parents like it.
    I really regret that I'll never be able to see TP & The HBs live :(
     
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    Three chords and the melody covers about a major third. ‘Nuff said!
     
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    I think it's also one of those progressions you can keep playing and solo over forever. Maybe Runnin' Down a Dream is like that, too. Something like American Girl, though, is kind of set in stone.
     
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    Here's the cheat sheet from our band google docs page. It doesn't take long to put together. We keep it iPad friendly. Steve (our other guitar player) is a dynamite harp player. That's probably the hardest thing.

    [​IMG]
     
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    It's a song that goes over well, and people can dance to it.
    I was in a band for 9 years that had a good harp player, and we did it and You Wreck Me. The band I have been in for 5 years, doesn't have a harp player, and do it and Running Down a Dream, Won't Back Down, and Breakdown. Sometimes Learning to fly. We usually only do 3 TP songs at a gig, but we always do Mary Jane and Runnin Down a Dream
    As stated earlier Tom Petty songs appeal to a broad age range.
     
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    People smoke a lot of weed, the song is easy to play... audiences like their substance use to be condoned. I hear Free Fallin' and American Girl just as much, though. Loving Tom Petty and having seen him live maybe a dozen times, it's hard for me to listen to others doing his songs, though I guess it's a good thing that they last. Great musician; awesome, awesome band.
     
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    i have never once heard a band cover that.
     
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    Ahh but who does it in the true tuning of 440? I bet most just play it in standard Am.
     
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    because its ridiculously easy to play and people seem to dig it?
     
  20. StrangerNY

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    We do

    You Wreck Me
    Listen To Her Heart
    I Need To Know

    Mary Jane is still on the conditional list in case someone requests it, but we don't do it on the regular any more.

    For a short time we were doing a mashup of 'Mary Jane' and 'Dani California' by RHCP. Apparently, they liked playing that Petty song enough to steal it. ;)

    - D
     
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