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Chapter 141: Ya Got Trouble

Doo-wop revival, speak singing, Tom Waits

A hard to categorize set, mostly due to four tracks from uncategorizable weirdo king Tom Waits. Each one captures a different side of his persona, but special attention is due “Christmas Card” from his underrated 70s period, a masterpiece of lyrical portraiture. The other songs here likewise do a lot with a little (the ultra-minimalist “Honey Pot”), or embody Waitsian charismatic tramps and grifters - listen to how Robert Preston finds the music in talking really, really well.
1. Robert Preston

Ya Got Trouble

2. Tom Waits

Way Down In The Hole

3. Bobby McFerrin

Don't Worry, Be Happy

4. Tom Waits

Jockey Full Of Bourbon

5. Beat Happening

Honey Pot

6. Camarón de la Isla

Como el Agua

7. Billy Joel

The Longest Time

8. Tom Waits

Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis

9. Patti Smith


10. Tom Waits

Kiss Me