Episode 009: Down by Law / Tom Waits – Frank’s Wild Years
So this is pretty much a Tom Waits double feature. You’ve got Down By Law, his lead acting turn opposite John Lurie and Roberto Benigni for director Jim Jarmusch, and you’ve got his 1987 album Frank’s Wild Years, essentially the soundtrack to the stage play of the same name. But I’m not gonna really beat any of that to death, because, you know… Tom Waits.
He’s the man.
So John couldn’t make it this time because he was battling a sinus infection, which he admitted made him sound somewhat like Mr. Waits, albeit on Robitussin and antibiotics. (Does anyone still take Robitussin anymore for anything other than getting high? Just wondering.) So of course, with his voice perfectly modified to participate in this discussion, John decided to bail. “I’m not feeling well, you guys. I’m gonna go to bed after lunch.” Sure John. We’ll believe that … maybe.
Evan kept going on and on about bourbon and cigarettes too. It all made perfect sense.
Oh, and if you haven’t seen any episodes of Fishing with John, John Lurie’s 6-part (well, 5-part since one of the eps is a 2-parter) fishing show from the early 1990s, search for it online and watch it. It’s weird. I like it.
Also, his band was The Lounge Lizards – early 1980s NYC jazz/punk. Lovely.
And finally, even though we don’t mention it (because they suck – and this is Ryan, not Matt, or else Matt would get really mad at this without the disclaimer), there’s a band called Down By Law. Who cares, right?
But Tom Waits though. We’re all about Tom Waits here.