Tom Petty Estate Teases First Track From Upcoming Expanded ‘Wildflowers’ Collection


A new lyric video and digital single for Tom Petty's 1993 demo of "You Don't Know How It Feels" has just been released as a teaser for the upcoming Wildflowers: All The Rest collection due out later this year. Petty's daughter, Aida Petty, who has been the most vocal proponent for the expanded version of the 1994 album's release, spoke about the demo, telling Rolling Stone, "I thought, 'What a weird song to pick as the single, of all those songs.' They had an album of amazing songs. But there’s something about it that makes you feel at ease — like you belong. The idea of ‘you don’t know how it feels to be me’ — people can identify with that feeling. And 'roll another joint' is saying, 'Tune out the noise for a second because there’s so much of it.' And that felt appropriate now."

She went on to say, "My dad’s demos were always really awesome. They were a good guiding light in the Wildflowers sessions. And this one has a right-out-of-the-box feeling to it. . . The family and all our engineers and the Heartbreakers have been circling around this project and making it as delightful and completist (sic) as possible. We’re really pleased to be able to share the second half of the Wildflowers double album."

Tom Petty never took for granted the fact that he had a fan base that was willing to part with their money for his albums and shows — and pretty much follow him and the Heartbreakers with whatever twists and turns they made: ["It's my audience that's made me survive, honestly. Actually, it's the people (laughs) that we play to and that buy the records that have made us, a sort of, contradiction. Because, God knows, I mean, we've done the least — I mean, the bare minimum of promotion in our life (laughs)."] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . in our life (laughs))

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