10 REASONS TO DIG TOM WAITS COVERS

Posted: January 25, 2008 by dillion in Covers, indie folk, Indie Pop, Indie rock, MP3, Music

1. Picture in a Frame-Pearl Jam.

2. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up-Cold War Kids. An illogical tune: Great song + Great band = Not so great cover. But cool for the curious or completist. For a great cover of this song, check out The Ramones version. Or . . .

3. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up-Petra Haden and Bill Frisell. From another great album, all duets, available on emusic.

4. Jesus Gonna Be Here-the EELs.

5. Way Down in the Hole-Blind Boys of Alabama. Also known as the theme to The Wire, the greatest TV show in history that nobody’s watching.

6. Johnsburg Illinois (Tom Waits cover)-Josh Ritter

7. Hold On-Redbird. If you can get your hands on a copy of Redbird’s (only) album, do it. It’s revelatory, one of my favorite albums of recent history.

8. Heart of a Saturday Night-Holly Cole. My absolute favorite TW song, from my absolute favorite TW album. Brilliant.

9. Jersey Girl-Holly Cole. A HC two-fer, and it ain’t even Tuesday!

10. Jersey Girl-Bruce Springsteen with Tom Waits. Last but not least, the man and the boss.

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