Saturday, October 21, 2006

Waits – Hold On

Well go ahead

and call the cops.

In case I’ve never mentioned it, Waits knocks me to my knees. Like Raymond Carver used to do in short stories, Waits takes mangled guts at the low ebbs and margins and transmutes the pain of hookers, junkies, thieves, the used up and the terminally lost into something sacred.

And he's right; you don’t meet nice girls in coffee shops.


Anonymous said...

Drifty, he blows me away too....and, what a visually stunning video that's like a painting....the music only adds to the visual.

Amazing stuff....thank you for letting us see it and hear it.

Abo Gato

knaverupe said...


I don't think I've ever known anyone whose opinion mattered to me who DIDN'T think Tom Waits was brilliant.

And, on a lighter Tom Waits-themed note, someone over at DU put this together:

Submitted for your amusement. Enjoy.

fearless leader said...

He had me at Emotional Weather Report

The Minstrel Boy said...

rumor has it that scarlett johanssen is about to release an album of tom waits songs. am i the only one horrified?

Gentlewoman said...

I love this, it's been in heavy rotation on my player lately, but I hadn't seen the video. Waits is so totally genius, no one but an asshole could not adore him.

I like the Waiting for Godot imagery of him by the tree.

Thanks, driftglass!

OMFSM, Mintrel Boy, that should fill the whole world with horror. I know people think she's lovely and all, but is there any evidence she can actually, you know, sing? And really, you need to be a bit older than 21 or however old she is, to interpret any Waits song, IMO. Having been in a smoky bar on a film set does not count as actual life experience. ;)

Anonymous said...

Anyone who's into Waits can't be all bad. You both rock.

tweez said...

I saw him at the Auditorium this summer, and at the Chicago in '98 or '99. The Chicago theater show was better than the more recent one, but they both kicked my ass.

tweez said...

from pitchfork media:

According to a recent report on (yes, that was the sound of a kitten dying) and confirmed by Waits' publicist, aesthetically pleasing and indie-savvy film starlet Scarlett Johansson is not only singing, but recording an album of Tom Waits covers.

Scarlett Sings Tom Waits, as it's called, will tentatively see release next spring via recently-revived Rhino offshoot Atco. It's not Scarlett's first vocal foray-- she recorded a version of Gershwin brothers standard "Summertime" for this year's corny Unexpected Dreams: Songs From the Stars charity compilation.

That's pretty much all the info we have right now, but stayed tuned to Pitchfork, your one-stop ScarJo rumor shop, for more details and the latest hot pix. Oh, and according to Fox News' Roger Friedman, Waits is "one of the premier singer-songwriters in the business." So, best respect-- because lord knows this is, first and foremost, a business

Anonymous said...

Waits is the best!

Great Blog

knaverupe said...

I dunno... I'd pay to see Scarlett Johansson do "Pasties and a G-String"...

...but that's just me.

punaise said...

hauntingly beautiful song from a great album. looks like the video may have been filmed near his home in western (rural) Marin county.

Loveandlight said...
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Loveandlight said...

So was the guy lying in the backseat whose hand we see at the end the same guy who she was supposedly leaving according to the song?

I know it makes me terribly obtuse, but I don't get it.

Bill said...

Beginning in the early 1970s, some very wonderful Perry and Mike Donze/Ron Anderson Rockford, IL original musicians spread Waits' musical inspiration (at) Southern Illinois Jams, held just five miles west of Carbondale, IL; unforgettable, beautiful, good times.


Angel Of Mercy said...

I guess it shouldn't come as any surprise that Tom Waits socks it to you, too. (And don't I recall you mentioning Firesign Theatre at one point?)

Impeccable taste!

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