>Proposed Tom Waits Set List

by Brendan Strong

>After my rant on Scarlett Johansson, I have been challenged to define a set list for a Tom Waits covers album. Some of these have been recorded already, some are ideas:

  • Chuck E Weiss sings Diamonds on My Windshield (from The Heart of Saturday Night)
  • Ramones sing I Don’t Wanna Grow Up (from Bone Machine)
  • Daniel Johnston sings Better Off Without a Wife
  • Tori Amos sings Time (as much from love of tori – not the best Tom Waits cover, but still way ahead of SJ)
  • Johnny Cash sings Down There By The Train (from Orphans)
  • Bob Dylan sings A Soldiers Things (from Swordfishtrombones)
  • Sparklehorse sings Rain Dogs [but how would he do it?] (from Rain Dogs)
  • John Hammond sings Til The Money Runs Out (from Heart Attack and Vine)
  • Nick Cave sings 4:19 (from Orphans)
  • Neko Case sings Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis (from Blue Valentines)
  • Bruce Springsteen sings Jersey Girl [of course] (from Heart Attack and Vine)
  • Patent Bullshit Entry Removed
  • Lucinda Williams sings I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You (from Closing Time)
  • Primus sing Fillipino Box Spring Hog (from Mule Variations)
  • Jolie Holland sings A Little Rain (from Bone Machine)
  • Kris Kristofferson sings The Day After Tomorrow (from Real Gone)

  • Bonus (hidden) track – William Shatner does 9th and Hennepin (from Rain Dogs)

Most of these are ballady. In my three-pints state, I’m now thinking of a double album, a la Orphans – one for the brawlers and the other for the brawlers… I’ll be back.

In the meantime, let me know what you think!