I mean, seriously…..
How is his voice even possible??
I am fascinated by Mr. Waits. He seems like a cartoon character come to life (the coolest cartoon character ever, that is), with his crumpled fedora and distinctive swagger and a constant cigarette hanging from his mouth.
He is, at the same time, an old-fashioned kind of cool –
– and a little bit crazy.
In other words, my favorite kind of artist.
I think this video is a perfect example of the classic Waits “character,” and also a pretty great piece of songwriting. These last few days I’ve become hopelessly obsessed (which is one of the best feelings: when you know you’re just touching the surface of a vast catalog of inspiration), so I’m sure there are more of these posts to come.
In the meantime, have some more Halloween music (sorry, couldn’t find a more interesting video to accompany the song).
edit: Found a way better video to end with (god, everything about this is just so weird and awesome):