- Published: Los Angeles, Calif. : Anti : distributed by Epitaph, 1999.
- Year Published: 1999
- Description: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
- Language: English
- Format: CD
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Call number: CD Rock Waits Mule
Produced by Tom Waits and Katheleen Brennan.
Program notes inserted in container.
Big in Japan -- Lowside of the road -- Hold on -- Get behind the mule -- House where nobody lives -- Cold water -- Pony -- What's he building? -- Black market baby -- Eyeball kid -- Picture in a frame -- Chocolate Jesus -- Georgia Lee -- Filipino box spring hog -- Take it with me -- Come on up to the house.
The songs are pure genius in a Tin Pan Alley songwriting, small scope of the strange world we live in kind of a way. Big in Japan, the opening tune, is probably the exception, as it's a big rollicking funny tune sung with heavy vocal distortion. Whereas House Where Nobody Lives, Take It With Me, and Come on up to the House, are personal and affecting, a sincere moment perhaps not from Waits' own POV, but very honest from the perspective of the character through which the song is told.
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