Tom Waits – “Hell Broke Luce” – 8.8.12

Tom Waits
“Hell Broke Luce”

“Nimrod Bodfish have you any wool
Get me another body bag the body bag’s full
My face was scorched, scorched
I miss my home I miss my porch, porch
Left, right, left”

First off, how the hell have I not done a Tom Waits song before? I’m very disappointed in myself, and yet… also happy because that means I get to do one for his (and I’m not saying this lightly) fucking awesome video for “Hell Broke Luce”.

There are very few people out there anymore you can look at, or in Waits case – hear, and immediately know they are a keg drum of pure cowboy blood soaked awesome. Individuals like this don’t attempt or set out to be this way, they simply are, and Waits is one of the best and last. It doesn’t matter if he’s pouring his heart out in a ballad or straight up yelling his fury (see: this post), he still holds one of those last coveted spots of complete and utter bad ass.

For the longest time I couldn’t get myself to enjoy Waits music, I thought his voice was off-putting and just didn’t get the appeal. I forget exactly when it was my ears decided to finally man up, but when they did it was well worth the wait. Critic Daniel Durchholz probably describes his voice better than I ever could, saying it sounded “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.”

I could keep going on and on about about Tom Waits, but if you’re here, you either already know how awesome he is or are about to find out as you watch the video, so I’ll just let you get on to it already. “Hell Broke Luce” is directed By Matt Mahurin and is of Waits 2011 album Bad As Me released through Anti Records. And if you still need some convincing, here are just two of the near ten people who helped contribute: Keith Richards: guitar and Flea: bass.

-Alex

 

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