Telephone Call From Istanbul - Franks Wild Years [140]

Heading into the closing tracks of Franks Wild Years, Sam and Martin debate the change of locations in Waits's songwriting from this era, scrunchy chords in relation to atonality, and the relationship of intention & accident in art. Also, a small dog finding the World Cup.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Telephone Call From Istanbul, Franks Wild Years, Tom Waits (1987)

Istanbul (Not Constantinople), 16 Most Requested Songs, The Four Lads (1953)

Istanbul (Not Constantinople), Flood, They Might Be Giants (1991)

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A Sweet Little Bullet from a Pretty Blue Gun - Blue Valentine [064]

As Blue Valentine heads towards its close, Kit Lovelace joins Martin and Sam to discuss some of the violent imagery buried in the dense storytelling of Waits. With the oppositions in the lyrics (as well as the title) and comparison between Waits and They Might Be Giants (anyone want to start a partner podcast? Anyone?!?), Song by Song once again discusses the big issues facing society: this week, ants vs picnics.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
A Sweet Little Bullet from a Pretty Blue Gun, Blue Valentine, Tom Waits (1978)

Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love, Flood, They Might Be Giants (1990)

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