Tom Petty & Dave Stewart's Don't Come Around Here No More was inspired by Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks
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Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers collaborated on three songs featured on the Petty's band's sixth studio album, South Accents, released in March 1985. One of which was inspired by Stewart's one night with Stevie Nicks.

"Make It Better (Forget About Me)" and "It Ain't Nothin' To Me" are two of three songs the duo would collaborate on, with the third, "Don't Come Around Here No More," which has ties to Nicks.

According to Songfacts, Stewart explains in his book, The Dave Stewart Songbook, that he met Nicks after an Eurythmics show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. She was fresh off a breakup with Eagles singer and guitarist Joe Walsh, so she and Stewart spent the night together. The next morning, she kicked him out, and while reflecting on their time together, Stewart began singing the phrase, "Don't come around here no more."

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He would play the demo for producer Jimmy Iovine, who was working on Nicks' Bella Donna album, and had a relationship with Nicks prior. When she came to record the song, tensions climbed, and she left in a huff. Iovine then gave the song to Petty, sighting that Nicks got the duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" on her album, Petty deserved this one.

Another report suggests that Stewart stated on The Howard Stern Show that Nicks spoke the words to Walsh when he came around the morning after Stewart and Nicks' romantic encounter.

The video is quite amazing, featuring an Alice in Wonderland theme based on Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel. Stewart appears at the beginning as The Caterpillar, a character from the story, playing the sitar and smoking a hooka pipe. Petty plays the Mad Hatter, and Alice is portrayed by Louise Foley unfolding a story similar to the Mad Tea Party featured in the book.

"Don't Come Around Here No More" is consider one of Petty's best with his powerhouse lead vocals and etherreal female backing vocals by Marilyn Martin, Stephanie Spruill, and Sharon Celani.

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