Tom Petty, the singer of “Free Falling,” does exactly that, off a table at the Wonderland Bar and Grill in Columbia Heights, when a patron pulls a tablecloth out from under him. He’s not alone, though. Young Tom Petty and Top Hat Tom Petty come crashing down on top of him in a bizarre tour of Washington, D.C. Uploaded to YouTube, and set to the tune of “King’s Highway,” a collection of Tom Petty cutouts taped to remote-controlled cars lead the viewer around the capital. They’re “Petty Cabs,” get it?
In a confluence of several things that don’t quite make sense, the Petty Cabs take a tour of “The hottest spots in Washington D.C.,” which inexplicably includes Heller’s Bakery, Occupy DC, the Chinatown arch, Sticky Fingers Bakery, the sidewalk in front of a Fuddrucker’s, the Tivoli Theater, a dog park and the Metro. The people who appear behind the Petty Cabs are either confused, embarrassed, or just glad for the chance to play with toys while drinking beer.
It’s not the first time the video’s creator Andy Rothwell has sent remote control cars driving around DC. A video he filmed six months ago and sent to New Columbia Heights blog follows the same story line, just with no Tom Pettys along for the ride.