Joined by Sam Clements and Simon Renshaw, Sam and Martin dive into the pomp and bluster of the orchestral stylings of Potter’s Field. With the musical and lyrical setting clearly placed in the world of noir, we examine this song and its explicit influence, Sam Fuller’s film Pickup On South Street, as well as some of the obscure storytelling choices made by Waits in this track from Foreign Affairs.

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Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Potter’s Field, Foreign Affairs, Tom Waits (1977)

Pickup On South Street (film), directed by Samuel Fuller (1953)

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