Big Weekend Beats: Tom Waits is “Big in Japan”

Big things poppin’ over the weekend, y’all, but for now here is a song, “Big in Japan,” from one of my favorite Tom Waits albums, Mule Variations (1999). Just an awesome basket of songs. I’ve become a bigger fan of Waits’s albums from the 1980s, but this one introduced me to his music in high school. Thanks, 120 Minutes.

Perhaps the title nods to Bach’s Goldberg Variations, or Glenn Gould’s version of those. Probably, right?  Dunno. I’m not going to Google it. I’m going to pretend that these are still the pristine pre-Internet years, the years when print ruled, and just send you over to YouTube:

I love me a text with rhetorical patterns, even obsessive ones. Have a good weekend.


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