Friday, May 26, 2017

Episode 306: Tom Waits: The Man and His Music

Episode 306: Tom Waits: The Man and His Music
One of Pat's oldest friends Comedian/Writer Russ McGarry sits in as Guest Co-Host to discuss the career of Tom Waits. Kyle Dodson produces as we play songs written by Waits and covered by other artists. Please support the show via Patreon...
From May 25, 2017

With your host:

Pat Francis

Liner Notes

  • Today's special guest co-host is a longtime standup comedian and a longtime friend of Pat's, it's Russ McGarry! He, Pat, and Jon Heffron did standup together back in, what some call, the day. Touring colleges, scraping by with little money, sleeping in the same beds in cheap motels. Sometimes Pat's hand found his way between two pillows that weren't actually pillows, but those memories were thankfully purged from the system.

  • Russ has come down from Portland to beautiful Los Angeles to discuss the career of Tom Waits. Russ will play songs that Tom wrote and performed. Pat will play songs that Tom wrote and other artists covered. Pat likes Tom as a songwriter and can tolerate his early stuff, but afterwards... it gets tricky. It's hard to enjoy a man whose voice sounds like Tomoaki Honma gargling pinecones. Look him up.
  • Russ first started listening to Tom Waits when he was doing standup. His gig roommate turned him on to Tom and he hasn't looked back.

  • Pat didn’t realize Tom Waits originally performed “I Don’t Want to Grow Up,” he thought it was a Ramones original.

  • Pat can appreciate early Tom Waits voice. Russ posits that Tom may have made up his story about why he uses his current voice, we don’t know.

  • Pat’s Tom Waits impression is a cross between Bruce Springsteen and Forrest Gump.

  • We compare Tom Waits to present day Meat Loaf. Spoiler alert: Meat Loaf's new album still sounds terrible. Don’t shame Mr. Loaf, shame the people who told him he was singing well. Laughter and groans abound as multiple Meat Loaf tracks are played. Russ: "Did he have a stroke and he’s relearning how to speak English?"
  • Rain Dogs gets A+ all across the boards, Pat doesn’t understand it.

  • Russ likes the way Waits constructs his worlds in his songs. Pat and Kyle like the covers because they can understand what is being sung, as opposed to carnival music and Lawrence Tierney vocals.

  • There’s some discussion on Bob Seger’s full catalogue not being on iTunes or being digitally remastered. He must be loaded because of “Like a Rock” being used in those Chevy commercials. Waits refuses to let his music be used in commercials. He once sued Frito Lay for hiring a sound-alike.

  • Back to Meat Loaf: Pat got his new album for free to review; Target came out with a deluxe edition with three bonus tracks and PAT BOUGHT IT!

  • Pat’s been trying to get Larraine Newman to talk about musical artists during the early years of SNL, but she won’t come on.

  • A tangent on changing lyrics in covers brings up Rod Stewart's cover of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". Then just for the hell of it, we hear his song "Love Touch," the theme from Legal Eagles with Robert Redford, Debra Winger, and Daryl Hannah.

  • The Black Rider was a play that Tom wrote that was based on a German folktale and co-written by William S. Burroughs.

  • "Shiver Me Timbers" reminds Pat of a Popeye cartoon, of which Pat's mom is not a fan. Dirty Popeye ensues, which involves a screenshot of Olive Oil that looks like she just got done with a bukkake session.

Time Song Album Artist Who
00:10:00 Goin’ Out West Bone Machine Tom Waits Russ
00:10:00 I Don’t Want to Grow Up Bone Machine Tom Waits Pat
00:10:00 I Don’t Want to Grow Up Adios Amigos! Ramones Pat
00:15:00 Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards) Closing Time Tom Waits Russ
00:20:00 Trampled Rose Raising Sand Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Pat
00:20:00 Innocent When You Dream Franks Wild Years Tom Waits Russ
00:25:00 Jersey Girl Live/1975-1985 Bruce Springsteen Pat
00:30:00 Cemetery Polka Rain Dogs Tom Waits Russ
00:35:00 New Coat of Paint The Fire Inside Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band Pat
00:40:00 Ol’ 55 Closing Time Tom Waits Russ
00:45:00 Ol’ 55 On the Border Eagles Pat
00:45:00 Ol’ 55 Boys on the Side Soundtrack Sarah McLachlan Pat
00:50:00 Martha Closing Time Tom Waits Russ
00:50:00 Martha Welcome to the Neighbourhood Meat Loaf Pat
00:55:00 Martha (Live) N/A Bette Midler Pat
00:55:00 (Lookin’ for) The Heart of Saturday Night The Heart of Saturday Night Tom Waits Russ
01:00:00 (Lookin’ for) The Heart of Saturday Night (Live) Cover Girl Shawn Colvin Pat
01:00:00 Tom Traubert’s Blues Lead Vocalist Rod Stewart Pat
01:05:00 The Black Rider The Black Rider Tom Waits Russ
01:10:00 Russian Dance The Black Rider Tom Waits Russ
01:10:00 Shiver Me Timbers Covers James Taylor Pat
01:15:00 I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You Closing Time Tom Waits Russ
01:15:00 Downtown Train Rain Dogs Tom Waits Russ
01:15:00 Downtown Train Never Enough Patty Smyth Pat
01:15:00 Downtown Train The Best of Rod Stewart Rod Stewart Pat
01:20:00 Downtown Train Hometown Girl Mary Chapin Carpenter Pat
01:20:00 Downtown Train Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band Pat
01:25:00 The House Where Nobody Lives Mule Variations Tom Waits Russ

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