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Downtown Train

Artist: 
Tom Waits
Date: 
01/04/2009

My second artist that I am horrified to realize is missing from the playlist is Tom Waits. In more horrifying news I have to admit that in 1985 I had no idea who Tom Waits was and the first time I was exposed to this song was by Rod Stewart. I never felt much attachment to the song until I heard Tom Waits sing it. After hearing his version I can't believe anyone bothered to cover it. No one can possibly make that song their own, Tom imprint is all over this song. I know Patti Smith did a cover of this song too, but I couldn't even find the video on Youtube.

You should also be aware that this video is phenomenally awesome. I had no idea one existed until I searched Youtube, but it is positively sublime. I can't get enough of the bad actors saying "Full Moon" while the subtitle is "Fool Moon."



"Teresa, closa da window..."

Love the old man...love the black and white film...and Tom prowling, kinda creepin' like a snake, just tremendous.

Ain't nothin' like his "Emotional Weather Report." I was too young to fully appreciate his stuff when he first appeared on the scene, but when I look at his stuff now I realize what power he brought with him.

And one can't forget his female counterpart, Rickie Lee Jones:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr58aeOySAg

He's a-drivin' me crazy...

That video is just amazing. It boggles my mind that artists hear this song and think: I should take a stab at this song. I guess Rod Stewart made money doing it so what do I know...

Rickie Lee's debut album is an interesting listen, she's never resonated with me like Tom though.

Speain' of Rod da Bod

You mention Mr. Stewart in your post and it brought to mind something I've been thinking for so very long:

SOMEONE TELL HIM THAT HIM SINGING GERSHWIN AIN'T MAKIN' IT!

I'm all for American classics, but Rod, come on, did the IRS need money or something?

Thank you and have a nice day.