For the second time in as many nights, termite-throated songwriting icon Tom Waits crawled out of a New York Sheraton to appear on a late night program, performing music from last year's exemplary Bad As Me and taking a moment to sit down and be his hilarious oddball self for a tick with the evening's respective host.
As you'll remember, Waits chatted with old pal David Letterman (and showed off his 19th century rat trap, complete with sliding concrete door of death) on The Late Show Monday night. Last night, he dropped by 30 Rock to fill some air time with Late Night's Jimmy Fallon and perform the beyond amazing "Raised Right Men" with his "play it like you've got wasps in your underwear" band, featuring Tom's son Casey Waits on drums. Check it all out below.
Sorry, but their conversation completely went in one ear and out the other. Say what you like about Letterman, but a little rapport with the guest goes a long way. Sorry, Jimmy—you'll get there, buddy.
"Raised Right Men"
Meanwhile, the band's rip-roaring "Raised Right Men" manages to be leaner, meaner, and better than Monday night's "Chicago." There's approximately a million and a half different moods and sounds coming out of Waits's voice, from the gravelly rolls to those terrifying falsetto shrieks. Hear the studio audience going a little nuts during those staccato chorus beats? How could you not?
It's not every week you get Tom Waits on TV two nights in a row. What did you guys think of his one-two punch appearances? Hit up our comments section below.