New Tom Waits Video: “Satisfied”

November 9th, 2011, 2:30 pm by Greg

Tom Waits meets Dylan.

That is Bob’s son Jesse Dylan, who directed this video for Mr. Waits.


Song of the Week: Tom Waits’ Step Right Up

January 20th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Sara

On January 20, 1993, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the $2.6 million judgement to Tom Waits in his successful lawsuit again snack giant Frito-Lay. The company had asked to use “Step Right Up” in a commercial, but when Waits refused to give permission, instead used a similar sounding song, sung by a Tom Waits impersonator. The lawsuit didn’t allege copyright violation (Waits didn’t own the rights to the song) but claimed false endorsement under the federal trademark act.

I get it all the time, and they offer people a whole lot of money. Unfortunately I don’t want to get on the bandwagon. You know, when a guy is singing to me about toilet paper – you may need the money but, I mean, rob a 7-11! Do something with dignity and save us all the trouble of peeing on your grave…there have been tours endorsed, encouraged and financed by Miller, and I say, “Why don’t you just get an office at Miller? Start really workin’ for the guy” … The advertisers are banking on your credibility, but the problem is it’s no longer yours.

Thanks to Richard Lainhart.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Tom Waits at 78 RPM

October 19th, 2010, 11:06 am by Greg

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band  With Tom Waits]Ah yes, there’s just something so delightfully stubborn – almost visionary – about making 78 RPM music in an iPod world.

Next month, Preservation Hall Recordings will release 504 limited edition hand-numbered 78 RPM vinyl records featuring two tracks by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with very special guest vocalist Tom Waits.

All proceeds from the sale of this very special project will benefit the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band.

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SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY’s “Grapefruit Moon: The Songs of Tom Waits”

June 22nd, 2009, 2:15 pm by Greg

Southside(LeRoy, 2009)

Pair up a classic bar-room belter (Southside Johnny) with the repertoire of an experimental blues maverick (Tom Waits), and what do you get?

Surprisingingly enough, you get a successful, solidly swinging jazz album, thanks primarily to Asbury Juke trombonist La Bamba, who arranged, orchestrated and conducted the big band that wails throughout.

And, yes, Waits himself slips in for a duet on “Walk Away,” as delicious as it is offhand.

Grapefruit Moon: The Songs Of Tom Waits

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