"Bad As Me"

What's that racket? A wounded beast bellowing over the primeval swamp? A circus band tumbling off a cliff? Oh, right – it's the new Tom Waits song. The kickoff to Waits' forthcoming 17th studio album is a gloriously ramshackle thing, with pop's greatest living vaudevillian pushing his drunkard's bleat over a honking baritone sax and a clattering oompah beat. The lyrics are total nonsense, and pure genius: "I'm the one with the gun/Most likely to run/I'm the car in the weeds/If you cut me, I'll bleed/You're the same kind of bad as me."

Listen to "Bad As Me":

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From The Archives Issue 1139: September 15, 2011
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