Album: Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) (1987)
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  • Mike Campbell, guitarist for The Heartbreakers, wrote the music for this and gave Petty the demo. Tom held it for a while and didn't do anything with it until one day when he was working with Bob Dylan. They came up with some lyrics by picking words out of a newspaper and off the television. Tom pulled out Mike's demo, and they inserted those words over the track. The song is about the deluge of information and marketing messages that can prove overwhelming.
  • Many of Petty's songs start as demos written by Campbell. Mike also wrote the tracks for Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer" and "The Heart Of The Matter," and helped Petty produce this album. (Check out our interview with Mike Campbell.)
  • In 1986, the band toured with Bob Dylan in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, which led to Dylan's contribution on this song. In 1988, Petty and Dylan played together in The Traveling Wilburys, a band whose other members were Jeff Lynne, George Harrison and Roy Orbison.
  • In the lyrics, Petty mentions various places and events that were in the news and getting constant media exposure. Actors Vanessa Redgrave, Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy also show up.
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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 17th 1987, Tom Petty's home in Encino, California, burns to the ground, thankfully Petty and his family escape unharmed...
    At the time his "Jammin' Me" is at position #36 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; four weeks later it would peak at #18 {for 1 week} and it spent 12 weeks on Top 100...
    Between 1977 and 2006 he had twenty-six Top 100 records; two made the Top 10, "Don't Do Me Like That" {#10 in 1979} and "Free Fallin'" {#7 in 1989}...
    In 1981 he did peak at #3 with "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", it was a duet with Stevie Nicks...
    Thomas Earl Petty will celebrate his 67th birthday this coming October 20th {2017}.
  • Alan from Forest Acres, ScTom Petty and the Heartbreakers backed up Bob Dylan on their 1986 US tour which also featured the Grateful Dead. In fact, the last show on the tour was the last show the Grateful Dead did before Jerry Garcia had a diabetic coma and had to relearn to play the guitar (that was at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, on July 6 & 7, 1986), keeping him off stage for about six months.
  • Ross from Brooklyn, NyHe does diss Vanessa, Eddie, and Joe! Not very nice -- but yeah, I dig the track a lot.
  • Coronaboy from Monticello, IlDefinitely one of the most underrated songs by the guys. I remember where I was and what I was doing, the first time I heard it.
  • John from Grand Island, NyTHE most underrated Heartbreakers song ever...just hard rocking jangly guitars, great backbeat with a killer vocal by Tom. Sadly, this song is never heard on radio anymore. I always request it and the DJ always says "YES! Wow, GREAT RECORD!" or similar.
  • Jami from Redding, CaI heard this song pissed off Eddie Murphy...So that makes it pretty damn good in my book.
  • Lance from Pittsburgh, PaUnderated Tom Petty song from the summer of 1987!
  • Eugene from Minneapolis, MnPeaked at #18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1987. "Jammin' Me" also spent four weeks at #1 on the Album Rock Charts.
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