Innocent When You Dream - Big Time (film) [170]

Jeremy Warmsley returns for everyone's favourite, Tom Waits In A Bath. With discussion of the fusion of embodied and distanced performance, the post-modern nature of telling a story about stolen memories, and the slightly repetitious nature of the verses, we pick over our final track from Big Time.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Innocent When You Dream, Big Time (film), Tom Waits (1988)

Innocent When You Dream (Barroom), Franks Wild Years, Tom Waits (1987)

Innocent When You Dream (78), Franks Wild Years, Tom Waits (1987)

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Innocent When You Dream (Barroom) - Franks Wild Years [130]

Jeremy Warmsley returns to Song by Song for a third week to dive into one of the most sentimental songs from Franks Wild Years, and also one of our favourites. As Waits plays with truth and dreams, the image of the confident Frank against the sorrow of this ballad, and reaches back to some of his earlier writing styles, we take a listen to this track as well as another Ralph Carney collaboration with Tin Huey.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Innocent When You Dream (Barroom), Franks Wild Years, Tom Waits (1987)

New York's Finest Dining Experience, Contents Dislodged During Shipment, Tin Huey (1979)

Puppet Wipes, Contents Dislodged During Shipment, Tin Huey (1979)

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Temptation - Franks Wild Years [129]

Back with a song that appeals slightly more to him, Jeremy Warmsley debates some of the effects of Waits's pitching with Sam and Martin in this week's episode, as well as the moral questions raised surrounding sex, relationships and identity in the music of Prince.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Temptation, Franks Wild Years, Tom Waits (1987)

If I Was Your Girlfriend, Sign 'O' The Times, Prince (1987)

Temptation (music video), Franks Wild Years, Tom Waits (Dir. Betzy Bromberg)

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Blow Wind Blow - Franks Wild Years [128]

Guest Host Klaxon! A hearty welcome to Jeremy Warmsley who joins us for the next few episodes of Franks Wild Years. There's some mixed feelings about the song this week, as we talk around the accessibilty of this track, meaning and tone of lyrics, and the way that even recording fidelity can make an impact on the meaning of a song. 

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Blow Wind Blow, Franks Wild Years, Tom Waits (1987)

Blow Wind Blow (music video & interview), dir. Chris Blum, Franks Wild Years (1987)

I Want Wind to Blow, The Glow Pt. 2, The Microphones (2001)

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