As Song by Song continues through Swordfishtrombones, we encounter one of the strange outliers in Waits's writing career in this celebration of small-town mundanity. As the tangents to our conversations come thick and fast, we discuss the parochial outlook of Colin Moulding, the heartwarming perspective of Mr Rogers, the bleak opinions of Cyril Connolly (who is the real writer of the "There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall" quote) and everything in-between. Variety. You're welcome.
Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
In The Neighbourhood, Swordfishtrombones, Tom Waits (1983)
Bungalow, Nonsuch, XTC (1992)
In The Neighbourhood, Music video via Vimeo, Tom Waits/Haskell Wexler (1983)
Mr Roger's Neighbourhood Theme Song, via YouTube
Mr Rogers Explained to Modern Kids, Buzzfeed Celeb, via YouTube (2014)
Fred Rogers Emmy Acceptance Speech, via YouTube (1997)
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