Just a couple of months after he collaborated with Jack White on a limited 7″ called ‘Evil’, Tom Jones’ latest album Spirit In The Room shows that he (or at least his advisors, but I suspect the man himself) still has his finger on the pulse.
Just come back from an awesome Broken Records show at Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh.
Support acts were Jesus H. Foxx and Withered hand, neither of whom I had seen before. I will post a review tomorrow, but in the meantime, this played over the P.A. as we left, so as I was looking for a reason to post it, here goes!
Tom Waits -‘Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis.’ mp3
(Am hoping that this is one Rod Stewart did not choose to cover)
Just a quick post tonight, as I have spent the evening with Mrs. 17 Seconds clothes shopping and trying to organise stuff for my students tomorrow.
Needless to say, when out shopping I couldn’t resist a quick look round a record shop, and Mrs. 17 Seconds bought me a CD, Mule Variations by Tom Waits.
I have long enjoyed Tom Waits’ fantastic music, but he’s produced a lot of albums. Quite why I haven’t bought this I have no idea. I actually prefer the later Waits stuff to the early: the voice is gruffer, the music is rawer, and quite often more experimental, and sadness or happiness, he just makes it sound like no-one else. So many white men try to sing the blues (don’t get me started on Eric Clapton’s oeuvre post about 1970, to say nothing of some of his dodgy political remarks), Waits doesn’t need to try.
If you have heard this album before, I’m preaching to the converted. But if you haven’t, go buy this album tomorrow (or maybe your loved one will buy it for you!)
Tom Waits -‘Big In Japan.’ mp3
Tom Waits -‘Hold On.’ mp3
Tom Waits -‘House Where Nobody Lives.’ mp3
For more on Tom Waits, including more mp3s, go here
Make sure you buy the album if you like these tracks, preferably from an independent record shop!