The Dark of the Sun

In 2004/2005 when Paul Zollo is interviewing Tom for his seminal book, Conversations With Tom Petty. Tom bemoans to Paul that The Dark of the Sun was never played live. He says “It got lost in the shuffle of that album. There were so many songs on it. I thought it was a good little song.”

This is another one of those tracks that I sometimes forget about and then when I hear it think, “man, that’s a great song!” and then when I hear Mike’s solo, I think “Man, that’s a REALLY good song!” It’s slick, it’s short, and it’s an upbeat ray of sunshine.

Today’s episode covers “The Dark of the Sun”, the penultimate track on side one of “Into The Great Wide Open”.

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