Tom Waits Refuses to Ever Become Irrelevant

I don’t know too many musicians that have been in the game for as long as Tom Waits and are able to remain so consistently relevant and great. What’s more Waits constantly tweaks his boneyard orchestra sound to get something new out of it. This may not always fire on every cylinder for me personally – I can’t say that I love everything the man has put out over the years since Rain Dogs (one of my ten favorite records of all time) – there have been some moments where I felt Mr. Waits might have been repeating himself (specifically on 2006’s Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards) HOWEVER, I’m still kind of convinced this is a shortcoming of perception on MY part, not Mr. Waits and crews’.

Now we have this: Released three days ago a friend forwarded me a link to the new Waits video for Hell Broke Luce from the Bad As Me, the album Waits released earlier this year. Watch and enjoy, realizing that (thankfully) this man will be making great music until the day someone finds him dead on his porch clutching a broken banjo and a bottle of Old Crow, a washtub at his feet and crows gathered around him like grieving widows at a philanderers’ wake.

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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