I’ve always loved Tom Waits both as a singer/songwriter — his lyrics are fantastic, evocative stories, his vocals smoky and atmospheric — and as an actor. His work in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus as the devil was superb, and his lack of award consideration a crime. I also just got to rewatch his wonderful turn in Mystery Men when I did that for the great superhero movie rewatch.
This particular song is one that was used on an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street back in the day, and it was mostly because of that particular use of it that I bought the album Heartattack and Vine, the title track of which quickly became one of my favorite Waits songs. However, for today, I simply give you the song that led me to the album, “Til the Money Runs Out.”