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Options October 5, 2018: Show #268: October Jubilee Week #1: A special tribute to Tom Waits: Songwriter.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Uncle Michael  Hinky Dinky Time Open   Options         0:00:00 (MP3 | )
Violent Femmes  Step Right Up   Options Step Right Up (The Songs Of Tom Waits)  Mammoth   1995  (Originally released by T.W. on: Small Change)  0:04:23 (MP3 | )
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band   16 Shells From a 30-6   Options It's A Mystery  Capitol   1995  (Originally released by T.W. on: Swordfishtrombones (written with Kathleen Brennan))  0:10:46 (MP3 | )
Jonathan Richman   The Heart Of A Saturday Night   Options You Must Ask The Heart  Rounder   1995  (Originally released by T.W. on: The Heart Of A Saturday Night)  0:14:57 (MP3 | )
Pete Shelley   Better Off Without a Wife   Options Step Right Up (The Songs Of Tom Waits)  Manifesto   1995  (Originally released by T.W. on: Nighthawks At The Diner)  0:16:45 (MP3 | )
Frank Black And The Catholics  The Black Rider   Options Black Letter Days  Cooking Vinyl   2002  (Originally released by T.W. on: The Black Rider (written with Greg Cohen))  0:20:15 (MP3 | )
Kid Congo Powers (Knoxville Girls)   Virginia Avenue   Options Solo Cholo  Trans Solo   2002  (Originally released by T.W. on: Closing Time)  0:22:43 (MP3 | )
Los Lobos  Jockey Full Of Bourbon   Options Ride This - The Covers EP  Mammoth   2004  (Originally released by T.W. on: Rain Dogs (written with Uptown Horns, Kathleen Brennan, James Greenspan)  0:25:59 (MP3 | )
 
Music behind DJ:
Tom Waits 
Fawn   Options Alice  Anti-  2002    0:29:22 (MP3 | )
Alison Krauss   Trampled Rose   Options Raising Sand  Rounder   2007  (Originally released by T.W. on: Real Gone (written with Kathleen Brennan))  0:35:28 (MP3 | )
Norah Jones  The Long Way Home   Options Feels Like Home  Blue Note  2004  (Originally released by T.W. on: Big Bad Love (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) (written with Kathleen Brennan, Jason Hammel))  0:40:50 (MP3 | )
Linda Thompson   Day After Tomorrow   Options Versatile Heart  Rounder   2007  (Originally released by T.W. on: Real Gone (written with Kathleen Brennan))  0:43:54 (MP3 | )
Lucinda Williams   Hang Down Your Head   Options World Without Tears  Lost Highway   2003  (Originally released by T.W. on: Rain Dogs (written with Kathleen Brennan))  0:48:41 (MP3 | )
Frente!   Ruby's Arms   Options What's Come Over Me  Mushroom   1996  (Originally released by T.W. on: Heart Attack and Vine)  0:51:47 (MP3 | )
Petra Haden & Bill Frisell   I Don't Want To Grow Up   Options Petra Haden And Bill Frisell  Sovereign Artists   2004  (Originally released by T.W. on: Bone Machine (written with Kathleen Brennan))  0:55:59 (MP3 | )
 
Music behind DJ:
Tom Waits  
Calliope   Options Blood Money  Anti-  2002    0:59:23 (MP3 | )
Willie Nelson   Picture In A Frame   Options It Always Will Be  Lost Highway   2004  (Originally released by T.W. on: Mule Variations (written with Kathleen Brennan))  1:04:14 (MP3 | )
John Hammond  Clap Hands   Options Wicked Grin  Pointblank   2001  (Originally released by T.W. on: Rain Dogs)  1:07:42 (MP3 | )
Dave Alvin  Blind Love   Options West Of The West  Yep Roc   2006  (Originally released by T.W. on: Rain Dogs)  1:11:35 (MP3 | )
Steve Earle  Way Down In The Hole   Options Washington Square Serenade  New West   2007  (Originally released by T.W. on: Frank's Wild Years)  1:16:15 (MP3 | )
Kinky Friedman  A Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis   Options The Loneliest Man I Ever Met  Avenue A Records, Thirty Tigers   2015  (Originally released by T.W. on: Blue Valentine)  1:19:09 (MP3 | )
T Bone Burnett  Time   Options T Bone Burnett  Dot   1986  (Originally released by T.W. on: Rain Dogs)  1:22:15 (MP3 | )
Screamin' Jay Hawkins  Ice Cream Man   Options Black Music For White People  Bizarre/Planet   1991  (Originally released by T.W. on: Closing Time)  1:26:11 (MP3 | )
 
Music behind DJ:
Tom Waits 
Just Another Sucker on the Vine   Options Swordfishtrombones  Island  1983    1:29:23 (MP3 | )
Jennifer Warnes   Invitation To The Blues   Options The Well  Cisco Music   2001  (Originally released by T.W. on: Small Change)  1:35:32 (MP3 | )
Shawn Colvin  Hold On   Options Uncovered  Fantasy   2015  (Originally released by T.W. on: Mule Variations (written with Kathleen Brennan))  1:40:33 (MP3 | )
10,000 Maniacs  I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You   Options These Are Days CD Single  Elektra   1992  (Originally released by T.W. on: Closing Time)  1:44:46 (MP3 | )
Holly Cole  Jersey Girl   Options Temptation  Alert   1995  (Originally released by T.W. on: Heart Attack and Vine)  1:48:15 (MP3 | )
Anne Sofie Von Otter Meets Elvis Costello   Broken Bicycles (w/ Paul McCartney's "Junk")   Options For The Stars  Deutsche Grammophon   2001  (Originally released by T.W. on: One From The Heart-OST)  1:52:55 (MP3 | )
Niamh Parsons And The Loose Connections   Briar and the Rose   Options Loosen Up  Green Linnet   1997  (Originally released by T.W. on: The Black Rider)  1:56:51 (MP3 | )
 
Music behind DJ:
Tom Waits 
Dave the Butcher   Options Swordfishtrombones  Anti-  1983    2:00:05 (MP3 | )
Nanci Griffith  Grapefruit Moon   Options Ruby's Torch  Rounder   2006  (Originally released by T.W. on: Closing Time)  2:05:06 (MP3 | )
Southside Johnny with LaBamba's Big Band   Please Call Me, Baby   Options Grapefruit Moon: The Songs Of Tom Waits  Leroy   2008  (Originally released by T.W. on: The Heart Of Saturday Night )  2:09:19 (MP3 | )
Diana Krall  Temptation   Options The Girl In The Other Room  Verve   2004  (Originally released by T.W. on: Frank's Wild Years)  2:14:57 (MP3 | )
Tim Buckley  Martha   Options Sefronia  Discreet   1973  (Originally released by T.W. on: Closing Time)  2:19:16 (MP3 | )
Manhattan Transfer  Foreign Affair   Options Extensions  Atlantic   1979  (Originally released by T.W. on: Foreign Affaairs)  2:22:22 (MP3 | )
Tom Jones  Bad As Me   Options Spirit in the Room  Island   2012  (Originally released by T.W. on: Bad As Me (written with Kathleen Brennan))  2:26:08 (MP3 | )
 
Music behind DJ:
Tom Waits 
Closing Time   Options Closing Time  Asylum  1973    2:29:40 (MP3 | )
The Blind Boys of Alabama   Jesus Gonna Be Here   Options Spirit Of The Century  Real World   2001  (Originally released by T.W. on: Bone Machine)  2:34:41 (MP3 | )
Joan Baez  Whistle Down the Wind   Options Whistle Down The Wind  Razor & Tie   2018  (Originally released by T.W. on: Bone Machine)  2:39:26 (MP3 | )
Bette Midler  Shiver Me Timbers   Options Songs For The New Depression  Atlantic   1976  (Originally released by T.W. on: The Heart Of Saturday Night )  2:44:10 (MP3 | )
Bettye Lavette  Yesterday Is Here   Options Thankful N' Thoughtful  Anti-   2012  (Originally released by T.W. on: Frank's Wild Years Brennan)  2:46:15 (MP3 | )
Elvis Costello  Innocent When You Dream   Options Kojak Variety  Warner Bros.   1995  (Originally released by T.W. on: Frank's Wild Years)  2:49:40 (MP3 | )
Ian Matthews  Ol' 55   Options Some Days You Eat The Bear And Some Days The Bear Eats You  Elektra  1974  (Originally released by T.W. on: Closing Time)  2:54:00 (MP3 | )
Ramones  I Don't Wanna Grow Up   Options ¡Adios Amigos!  Radioactive   1995  (Originally released by T.W. on: Bone Machine)  2:57:07 (MP3 | )
 
Music behind DJ:
Fleetwood Mac 
Albatross   Options single (b/w Jigsaw Puzzle Blues)  Blue Horizon   1968    2:59:45 (MP3 | )

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 11:58am Uncle Michael:

Please support the show, the stream and the station:
pledge.wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:05pm Doug Schulkind:

There are no guilty pleasures. The all pled not guilty by reason of insanity. Insane for Uncle Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:05pm joe:

'ello folks
  Fri. 10/5/18 12:06pm rw:

How-dee hey.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:06pm doctorjazz:

Hi folks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:08pm joe:

You started to say pay tribute and my heart sank and I ran to Google to make sure my fears were not true.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:08pm Uncle Michael:

UM! Doug! Joe! RW! Doc!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:08pm Parq:

Nice to hear this Femmes version, which I've only heard once before. Do you suppose they sent in the creeping charlies for the lyrics like it said on the original LP sleeve?
  Fri. 10/5/18 12:09pm dan:

As long as you don't play Springsteen's version of Jersey Girl, this will be a perfect tribute.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:09pm Uncle Michael:

Parq! Of course! Nobody's dead...it's just October!
Dan!
Avatar Fri. 10/5/18 12:09pm Dominick:

the large print giveth and the small print taketh away
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:10pm Uncle Michael:

Dominick!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:13pm burke:

This is gonna be a fun show. Fun to dwell on the influence of the songwriter while subtracting out the gravelly voice and the persona
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:14pm Uncle Michael:

Burke!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:14pm Jeff Golick:

Was just yesterday watching clips of Tom on the Letterman show. A legend -- thanks, @UM!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:14pm Rich in Washington:

Wow. I've never heard this before!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:15pm Uncle Michael:

Jeff! Rich!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:15pm jmd:

Uncle!
  Fri. 10/5/18 12:15pm dan:

Bob Seger is about halfway there to Tom Waits' gravelly voice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:16pm Uncle Michael:

JMD!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:16pm Rich in Washington:

I've always really liked Bob Seger's voice, even though some of his stuff is played to death on 'classic rock' stations.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:16pm Parq:

Would we perhaps accept Jersey Girl by the Irish pop band Bagatelle?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:17pm jmd:

Just covers or also songs written by Waits?
  Fri. 10/5/18 12:18pm dan:

@ Rich

I love Bob Seger They never play enough of his songs on the radio. When was the last time you heard "Mainstreet" or "We've Got Tonight" on a Classick Rock block?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:18pm Uncle Michael:

They're all written by Tom.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:18pm Rich in Washington:

Didn't someone record a parody of Jersey Girl called Jersey Cow? Sometime in the 80s or early 90s?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:19pm jmd:

Cool! Will we be hearing Solomon Burke?
  Fri. 10/5/18 12:19pm dan:

@ Rich

Sounds like something Weird Al would've done.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:19pm Rich in Washington:

The classic rock format is so stagnant. No deep cuts. Not even songs which were played in the 70s or 80s. I think it's the laziness of Programming people, mainly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:20pm mauri:

what fun !
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:20pm Uncle Michael:

Mauri!
  Fri. 10/5/18 12:21pm dan:

@ Rich

DJs used to have creative control. Now the FCC have these draconian regulations that severely limit what can be played on a commercial station. That's why I stopped listening to my local CR station.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:21pm Rich in Washington:

Nighthawks is such an amazing album. I remember playing it continuously in the early 90s.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:23pm Jeff Golick:

My first Waits was Rain Dogs, so that iteration -- RD/Swordfishtrombones/Frank's Wild Years -- was my Tom template. It was a surprise to go back and listen to the early albums.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:24pm Rich in Washington:

I think it's also the laziness of Programming people, less reporting to file, less royalties to pay out, etc., with a streamlined playlist, and stations being owned by fewer and fewer and progressively larger conglomerates.
  Fri. 10/5/18 12:24pm dan:

I hope you play Ian Matthews version of Ol'55 instead of The Eagles' one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:24pm efd:

I have to admit, as someone who has no affinity at all for Tom Waits my first thought was "looks like I picked the wrong day to work from home" but I'm sticking with it as long as possible.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:25pm Rich in Washington:

I too started out with his weirder Island Records period. I remember seeing his 'In The Neighborhood' video on either Night Flight or Rock 'N America and it made me curious about him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:26pm Uncle Michael:

Thank you, Evan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:27pm Roberto:

I've been waitsing for this show all week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:27pm Uncle Michael:

Roberto!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:28pm joe:

This makes me think the Cramps could have done some great Waits stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:28pm Parq:

Based on conversations I had with some programmers, albeit a long time ago, my own impression is that it's not laziness so much as a condescending belief that programming must be kept ultra-simple and limited only to one "hit" track per album to keep from confusing the listeners, who are stupid and have no attention span. In fairness, given what I have learned in the decades since about what some people sincerely believe and prefer, it's easier than it used to be for me to see their point.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:28pm Parq:

Joe, oh man, would that have been cool as shit or what?
  Fri. 10/5/18 12:29pm dan:

@ Parq

Listeners of commercial radio have gotten stupider. They don't expand their minds and listen to the back wall stuff. But I guess that's where freeform radio and YouTube come into play.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:29pm efd:

@dan, curious which FCC regulations you're referring to. They're generally only concerned with explicit language and/or content, which still leaves a ton of songs available for airplay (such as all the ones that were getting played back when those classic rock albums weren't classic yet). I think the tight playlists on today's classic rock stations are more driven by a lot of stations owned by a few corporations, and wanting the programming to be as familiar as possible to the largest number of people.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:30pm Rich in Washington:

Parq: Having DJ'd live, public-ish events and my experiences with radio listening in the workplace, I think that part is probably true. Lots of people don't like variety, anything different, etc.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:30pm joe:

As a 16 year old I was introduced to Tom Waits by way of Primus. I then heard Bone Machine played in a Tower Records and away I went.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:31pm efd:

and I'll take this opportunity to work in a plug for WFMU's October fundraiser, since we don't have to worry about any of that BS (except the language) (although the stream shows don't even have to worry about that!):
pledge.wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:32pm Rich in Washington:

Yes EFD. The FCC can't tell people which songs can't be played. They can only respond to complaints of obscenity in songs.
My station was part of a landmark FCC ruling in the early 2000s. To their credit, they've never told any of us DJs what NOT to play. We can play anything after 10pm except the Emergency Alert System sound.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:33pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

That was awesome!!!!
  Fri. 10/5/18 12:33pm dan:

@EFD

I heard that a radio station must have 800 songs at their disposal On my local station, you'd think there were only 100.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:35pm Rich in Washington:

I used to make the joke that my local classic rock and oldies stations only have 100 songs, but after stuffing a computer with several thousand songs to serve as our household jukebox, I was disappointed in the sheer repetition of some of the songs, like I really owe those stations an apology.
But you might be onto something. Maybe they have 150 songs?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:39pm Jeff Golick:

Why is the BIG TIME movie so hard to find?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:39pm Uncle Michael:

Granny!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:44pm Uncle Michael:

Is it, Jeff? I've never looked.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:45pm Parq:

Remember when the NPR crowd would have laid down their lives for Norah Jones? Good times.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:46pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

Howdy, Uncle Michael! So good to get tuned into Topeka!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:46pm Parq:

Yeah, Jeff's right, it is. I've always assumed that was the artist's choice, kind of the way it's similarly hard to find that Laurie Anderson performance move filmed in Union City.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:46pm The Oscar:

Afternoon folks! I think I've only ever seen Big Time at repertory screenings, and even then it hasn't screened around here in years.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:47pm Rich in Washington:

I think Big Time is on one of those subscription services. I've seen it, but haven't watched it there. Maybe Fandor? Or perhaps Kanopy.
  Fri. 10/5/18 12:47pm dan:

I didn't even have to look and I knew that was Linda Thompson's voice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:47pm Jeff Golick:

Same, @dan. Instantly recognizable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:48pm Brian in UK:

Gene Clark wrote two songs on Raising Sand. Just saying.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:48pm Stanley:

Yay, Linda Thompson (I think I'll have a lie down)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:48pm burke:

Never have I heard a more English description of Illinois
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:50pm Uncle Michael:

Brian! Stanley!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:50pm The Oscar:

I did love the brief Big Time parody in the Stop Making Sense episode of Documentary Now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:50pm Jeff Golick:

{races to Kanopy app}

no dice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:51pm Brian in UK:

Linda T's last album Won't Be Long Now is very good. Took me a while to realise her talent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:51pm Parq:

Lucinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 12:52pm burke:

Now it's my turn to instantly recognize a singer
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:52pm Doug Schulkind:

The playlist GIF looks to be the "crazy leprechaun" scene from Murnau's Nosferatu.

Wait, it's not?!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 12:53pm Jeff Golick:

Waits, it is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:00pm Jeff Golick:

Oh, nice. The Ramones version of this ("Grow Up") is also tremendously great.
  Fri. 10/5/18 1:09pm Stanley:

This is nice
  Fri. 10/5/18 1:10pm rw:

UM, I only heard a bit of that earlier mic break but I'm one of those people who's a little bugged by TW. I think for me it feels a little too theater. That said, though I did see him perform at the Wiltern Theater years ago (late '80s?) and it was really great. I think maybe because of the theatricality. And THAT said, this show IS giving me the appreciation for the song writing that you were talking about! Thanks!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:11pm Uncle Michael:

I'm delighted to hear that, rw.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:12pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Uncle M and Dinklers
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:13pm Uncle Michael:

Coel!
  Fri. 10/5/18 1:13pm dan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCNDZY4vXPs
Tom Waits as a cartoon character.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:14pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

So far the covers are from the mid-90's onward. I wonder what the oldest TW cover is?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:14pm Parq:

Granny, I don't actually know, but my money would be on the Eagles' version of "Ol' 55".
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:16pm Uncle Michael:

The Frente! cover is from a 1980 song.
  Fri. 10/5/18 1:16pm dan:

@ Parq

I think the Ian Matthews version is slightly better. Am crossing my fingers for that to be played.
  Fri. 10/5/18 1:19pm Stanley:

The Wire was brilliant
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:20pm Jeff Golick:

@dan: wow, thanks for that link.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:20pm Webhamster Henry:

Ooh I've been out for a lot of this Waits Fest!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:21pm Uncle Michael:

Henry!
  Fri. 10/5/18 1:22pm dan:

@ Jeff Golick

That short film was up for an Oscar
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:22pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

Oh, man, this one just breaks me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:23pm Parq:

There's a Guided by Voices track -- can't remember which -- that starts with the words "Well Charlie, for Chris'sake". Nice tribute to this song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:25pm The Oscar:

@Granny Agreed-- Kinky sells the hell out of that song. Holy cow.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:25pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

I'm transfixed by these covers and can't focus on getting anything else done. Thanks a lot!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:26pm Parq:

Here's one that kills me every time. ("Time")
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:26pm Webhamster Henry:

I have a recording of Bette Midler singing Shiver Me Timbers that I recorded off her TV Special (featuring Dustin Hoffman) in 1977 or so!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:27pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

Oooh, Bette! I'll bet(te) it's a great rendition.
  Fri. 10/5/18 1:27pm rw:

This one sounds like Leonard Cohen. Is it the delivery or is it the song? (T.Bone B.)
  Fri. 10/5/18 1:28pm rw:

I think it's the melody, actually.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:30pm The Oscar:

It's tough to say whether Tom or Jay would make a more unnerving ice cream man.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:30pm Parq:

Harry, the original (well, Bette's original studio version) was segued with "Salmadi et Vedredi" on "Songs for the New Depression", my own favorite Bette album and way underrated IMO.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:30pm Parq:

So many great versions I've never heard before. Digging this show to pieces, UM.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:31pm Listening Out There:

Screamin' Jay Hawkins wanted to sing opera, I read...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:32pm The Oscar:

Someone once speculated that Tim Curry was emulating Screamin' Jay for Rocky Horror, and now I can't unhear it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:33pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

I heard that Tim Curry sang "Tutti Frutti" for his audition.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:33pm 23 Wolves:

Great show, Uncle. Good music for harrowing times.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:34pm Webhamster Henry:

Waits is in the new Zombie flick "The Dead Don't Die", helmed by Jim Jarmusch #varietyspeak
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:39pm Uncle Michael:

L.O.T. 23W!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:39pm Jeff Golick:

Among my many, many (many) life regrets: back in the 1990s, I passed on an invitation to attend one of the first gatherings of what became an annual Tom Waits party/weekend (later "Waitstock") up by Poughkeepsie.

My liver probably thanks me, though.
  Fri. 10/5/18 1:43pm still b/p:

Very glad Waits is in the world. Between having to
miss most of this show today and fretting with due pessimism about my senator....it's not a sunshiny day, despite the sunshine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:43pm Webhamster Henry:

@Jeff G. I almost went to one of those - I think it was in Montclair.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:44pm Uncle Michael:

SB/P!
  Fri. 10/5/18 1:46pm dan:

@ Still B/P

"Due Pessimism about my Senator" should be a Tom Waits song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:48pm coelacanth∅:

so far i know all these songs and almost none of these versions (2)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:49pm joe:

One of my closest and dearest friends committed an unforgivable act in that he went to see Tom at the Beacon Theater in 1999 (same show Scott McDowell posted a photo of the ticket stub from). He and his companion got really really good seats paid top dollar. Well they got into NYC a bit early and decided to go to a near by watering hole before the show. They drank so much that neither of them can remember anything about the show. I never let him live this down.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:51pm Parq:

Note, on "Fall In Love" (a favorite TW song, b/t/w) the (album) title drop in the last line, "Well it's closing time".
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:51pm Parq:

Sorry, not the last line, the first line of the last verse.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:52pm Parq:

Annnnd, I wondered if Holly C's version would be the jersey Girl for this show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:52pm joe:

UM I'm sure you had many options to choose from for Jersey Girl. Nice choice
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:53pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks...yes, plenty of choices.
  Fri. 10/5/18 1:54pm dan:

Jersey Girl meets Weill and Brecht
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:55pm joe:

I don't know if this got answered or elaborated on but according to Discogs the earliest recording of one of Tom's songs was by Lee Hazlewood on his album Poet Fool or bum and the song was Those Were Days Of Roses (Martha)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:55pm coelacanth∅:

joe, i have a few non-memories like that. (ie an anti-nuclear demonstration in central park in the 80s where i guess i saw Crosby Stills & Nash and many other artists but only have a vague recollection of seeing figures on a distant stage)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:56pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

Another soul-breaker.
  Fri. 10/5/18 1:57pm dan:

UM, did you play Tom Waits' version of "Broken Bicycles" during the "Songs That Declan Taught Us" show?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:57pm Uncle Michael:

I remember almost nothing of the Patti Smith Group show I went to in '79.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 1:58pm Uncle Michael:

don't recall, dan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:58pm coelacanth∅:

but...but... this isn't a Waits composition! Paul McCartney sang this in the 60s. (or part of it)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:59pm Doug Schulkind:

This Sunday is the 63rd anniversary of Allen Ginsberg's first public reading of Howl.

Give the Drummer Radio is happy to broadcast this great work of love, rage and humanity. It will be broadcast about 5 minutes after the end of Jeff Golick's D:O Radio show finishes. Keep your Internets pointed to the Drummer Stream!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:59pm joe:

I think the reason I get on him so much is that getting to see Tom is almost as rare as being trambled by a unicorn
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 1:59pm doctorjazz:

Yup, McCartney if I remember correctly, lovely version.
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:01pm dan:

@UM, I checked, you didn't.
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:01pm Dean:

First PM solo album, "Junk," 1970. UM did not play "BB" on the Declan show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:01pm coelacanth∅:

thank you doctor. i was wondering if i was losing (more of) my mind.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:02pm The Oscar:

St. Vincent was a roommate of a friend of a friend in college, and I know I was at that apartment once or twice, but I couldn't tell you if I ever met her or not, and it kills me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:02pm coelacanth∅:

right, "junk".
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:02pm joe:

@Doug Schulkind that's very cool Thank you
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:03pm coelacanth∅:

("junk" originally recorded early 1968)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:04pm joe:

I went to see David Byrne's Contempory Color which features St. Vincent. Didn't notice until she got up to leave about 3/4 of the way through that I had been sitting next to her. :)
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:07pm Dean:

The McCartney thread here is due to Elvis Costello's portion of the duet. He sings "Junk," rather than "Broken Bicycles."
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:07pm coelacanth∅:

Tom should've given credit to McCartney for that. same melody, similar lyrics. sorry UM but it's shameful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:09pm joe:

It seems that the middle part of the ASVO and EC version is from a PM song called Junk
Motorcars, handlebars
Bicycles for two
Broken-hearted jubilee
Parachutes, army boots
Sleeping bags for two
Sentimental jamboree

"Buy! Buy!" says the sign in the shop window
"Why? Why?" says the junk in the yard
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:09pm Dean:

I don't think Tom had anything to do with "Junk." ASVO and EC created the medley: https://www.discogs.com/Anne-Sofie-Von-Otter-Meets-Elvis-Costello-For-The-Stars/release/1952965
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:09pm dan:

I never cared for Nanci Griffith. She has the strangest voice that affects my enjoyment of the music, If you've ever heard her sing harmony vocals with Richard Thompson on "Vincent Black Lightning", you'll understand what I mean.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:10pm coelacanth∅:

Dean is the junk portion of the song not in the original? i've never heard that soundtrack.
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:11pm Dean:

I have the soundtrack (on vinyl, pace UM), but I haven't played it in ages. I'm certainly don't recall an interjection of "Junk" on it.
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:12pm Dean:

And the soundtrack is gorgeous. Well, well, here it is!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:12pm joe:

The song is a combination of the two. It's actually credited on the For the STars album as Broken Bicycles/Junk with writing credit to T Waits and P McCartney
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:13pm coelacanth∅:

okay, just looked. the "for the stars" album does credit both Waits and McCartney.
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:14pm Dean:

Now, see, "Please Call Me Baby" isn't even on the soundtrack. Just goes to show you how long it's been since I listened to it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:14pm coelacanth∅:

(oh joe got it)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:14pm joe:

Last time I saw Southside Johnny they did this and I was very very impressed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:15pm Uncle Michael:

I'm up to three post-show playlist corrections and counting
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:17pm Dean:

One from the Heart did make it to CD.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:18pm Uncle Michael:

that's good to hear
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:19pm Webhamster Henry:

Is there a Walking Spanish Down The Hall cover out there?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:20pm Uncle Michael:

The guitar player on this Diana Krall is Anthony Wilson. He's terrific...and he teaches at UCLA if you're looking fora guitar teacher.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:20pm Uncle Michael:

Not sure, Henry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:21pm Rich in Washington:

What a wonderful show, UM!
Not that Tom Waits' music needs any kind of vindication, but it says a lot about someone's songwriting when so many diversely beautiful covers can be had from such a wide array of musicians.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:22pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks, Rich.
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:25pm Dean:

Seems to me Theo Bleckmann does a great Waits cover on a record with three other vocalists. Moss?
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:25pm dan:

That Tim Buckley rendition is probably the best one of the program today. Now I gotta listen to the original.
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:26pm Dean:

Yeah, "Take It with Me." The entire Moss record is lovely.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:28pm burke:

What dan said!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:29pm The Oscar:

Whooooaaaaaa.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:34pm Parq:

Bette Midler also covered "Martha". She sang it on an appearance on SNL, calling it (natch) "Tommy".
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:37pm burke:

Where Scarlett Johanssen at
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:38pm Uncle Michael:

I'm afraid I passed on all of Scarlet's Tom covers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:39pm burke:

Myself I have not braved that cover album but can't imagine it can be that good.
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:43pm dan:

Are we getting a ride on the Ol'55 UM?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:44pm Uncle Michael:

Actually, no...Ian almost made it in...but time is short.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:45pm Uncle Michael:

I may clean up a few loose Tom Waits ends after the Jubilee.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:47pm Webhamster Henry:

There's Bette!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:47pm Parq:

< breaks into a grin that you can probably see in Topeka .
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:51pm Uncle Michael:

I just had an "oh, why not?" moment.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:51pm Stevel:

Holy am I gonna have to hit the archives since I just cam in on today's show!
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:56pm rw:

Thanks UM! Not enough people threw change in the violin case today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:57pm Parq:

Grinning again.
  Fri. 10/5/18 2:57pm dan:

You just made my day by playing Ian Matthews' version UM.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:57pm Mark Hurst:

Happy weekend, UM
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:58pm Uncle Michael:

Steve!

Well, why not play it....I'll run a couple minutes long. *shrug*
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:58pm Uncle Michael:

Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:58pm Stanley:

This has been fun. Well done Uncle and thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 2:58pm burke:

A good weekend to all, Thanks Uncle Michael.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:59pm mauri:

it's been a very entertaining show UM thanks a billion!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 2:59pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks for Waiting!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 3:00pm Uncle Michael:

I was never no closing with this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 3:00pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 3:00pm The Oscar:

Aw, nice! This is a lovely song anyway, but something about Joey singing it always gets me.
  Fri. 10/5/18 3:02pm dan:

A perfect end to a great show. Thanks UM
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 3:03pm Brian in UK:

Just back from dinner. Did I miss Downtown Train?

Great show Uncle
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 3:04pm Brian in UK:

@dan or is it Iain?
  Fri. 10/5/18 3:04pm dan:

@ Brian

The train didn't get into the station
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 10/5/18 3:06pm Uncle Michael:

Bye friends!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 3:38pm Webhamster Henry:

You're innocent when you dream; you're guilty when you're awake!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 10/5/18 3:55pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Uncle M
i was called away prematurely
Great show!
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