Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bad as me snippet

Musicme has a 30 second clip of the new Tom Waits single Bad as me.

18 comments:

jerseyraindog said...

Does not disappoint - this sounds like vintage Tom Waits to me. Can't wait!

Justin said...

this sounds a lot like "hoist that rag." even the guitar riff seems nearly identical. fortunately, i love "hoist that rag," and i can't wait to hear the whole song... and the whole album!

digression said...

Very Beefheart-y

I don't think his lyrics on the past couple of albums have been as strong as usual, but still looking forward to this!

AGreen said...

Such a shame - I think the whole album is already up on the torrents probably 2 months before the release date - from what I heard though, he sounds in great form :)

S said...

If that's the real cd cover though, that is disappointing.

Black Swede said...

First impressions:
- Heavy kick drum and horns á la
”Big In Japan”
- Recycled phrase 'The thunder
and the roar' from “Clap Hands”
- It's that falsetto off-key vocal
delivery again
- Overall reminiscent of the style
of both “Lie To Me” and “2:19”
- Rawer recording ambience and,
as a balancing act, what a
guitar part!
- The return of the rockabilly
stut-t-t-ter, hah!
- The final notes of the sample
now fading out, the song does
sound good.

The Eyeball Kid said...

@agreen: what torrent are you talking about? (I would be very surprised if the album was already ou there)

joseph kees said...

I had this feeling that the hall of fame performance, where Tom sang in that shrill tremelo voice was a foreshadowing of perhaps a new voice styling. I figured that voice would be on the new record. I realize he's sung in a similar voice in the past (Lie to Me comes to mind), I guess. But it sounds new to me. Remember how he sang "Get Behind the Mule" at the Hall of Fame performance? I'm not sure how I feel about that particular voice. Regardless, it's Tom Waits! He always wins me over in the end, even if it takes a year or two for me to adjust. Musically, the Bad as Me snippet did sound Latin or more specifically Cuban, which goes all the way back to Jockey Full of Bourbon (more recently, Hoist that Rag). Fucking great, as far as I'm concerned. I love the beat in this song. The beat felt original to me. Anyway, I can't wait for the record . . .

Marco North said...

very Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

Dr Pod said...

Sounds great! I can picture him, doddering about, slightly unhinged, as he cries out this delightful sounding number.

digression said...

Usually the singles isn't among my favourite numbers, and that goes for most artists. It's the smaller numbers that usually sneak up on me. I guess the more raw, complex numbers isn't considered to have mass appeal.

I find it interesting how Tom Waits uses some specific imagery and phrases over and over. Those small snippes is his orphans, the ones that don't seem to belong in any song, so they continue to travel. "the dish went away with the spoon" etc. It also gives me the feeling of getting a peak into his creative process.

Bad as me does remind me of Big in Japan in that it's a list of comparisons thrown at you. At the same time, it also reminds me of Make it Rain and Lie to Me. I prefer the latter, as the first is like a parody of the wounded blues singer talking about how lonely it is... which we have heard 5000 times before

digression said...

Marco North: I always find it funny how Screamin' Jay hawkins' cover of Whistling Past the Graveyard sounds so tidy and mannered alongside Waits' own over-the-top performance. It's like they swapped sides on that one.

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opredeleno said...

I can't wait for tomorrow!!!
you can never go into the mood with 30 sec only... I have to hear the whole thing.

El Humilde Fotero del Pánico said...

There it goes!!!
http://www.somekindofawesome.com/journal/2011/8/22/listen-tom-waits-bad-as-me.html

jerseyraindog said...

On sale now! From both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

Anders Mikkelsen said...

Bad as me tracklist:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/bad-as-me-deluxe-version/id458386332