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Step Right Up - The Songs of Tom Waits


Download links and information about Step Right Up - The Songs of Tom Waits. This album was released in 1995 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 15 tracks with total duration of 01:06:40 minutes.

Release date: 1995
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 15
Duration: 01:06:40
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No. Title Length
1. Mockin Bird (Tindersticks) 4:27
2. Old Shoes (The Drugstore) 6:27
3. Better Off Without a Wife (Pete Shelley) 3:34
4. Red Shoes By the Drugstore (The Wedding Present) 2:32
5. Step Right Up (Violent Femmes) 6:32
6. Downtown (Alex Chilton) 4:57
7. Heart of a Saturday Night (Jonathan Richman) 1:57
8. You Can't Unring a Bell (These Immortal Souls) 5:52
9. Pasties and a G-String (Jeffrey Lee Pierce) 4:41
10. Invitation to the Blues (Giant Sand) 4:40
11. Ol '55 (Dale Alvin) 3:39
12. Christmas Card from a Hooker In Minneapolis (Magnapop) 4:26
13. Romeo Is Bleeding (MC 900 Ft Jesus) 5:12
14. Ruby's Arms (Frente!) 4:27
15. Martha (Tim Buckley) 3:17



This tribute to Tom Waits features an eclectic mix of performers working over songs from Waits’ early years. Tim Buckley’s “Martha” had been recorded back when Waits was just starting out and Buckley was the living legend. There are plenty of surprises here. The Tindersticks are expected to do right by “Mockin Bird,” but the brilliance of Drugstore’s interpretation of “Old Shoes” is a head-turner. The vocals capture a desperation that goes beyond garden-variety mid-‘90s alternative rock. The Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley turns the barroom-clearing “Better Off Without a Wife” into a power-punk tune. The Wedding Present twist out “Red Shoes By the Drugstore” into a maniacal piece of post-punk worthy of the Fall. These Immortal Souls are the perfect group to whack out the dark undertow of “You Can’t Unring a Bell.” The Gun Club’s Jeffrey Lee Pierce is the only man worthy of turning “Pasties and a G-String” into a subversive piece of new-wave blues. Giant Sand turn out their southwestern rock for “Invitation to the Blues.” The Blasters’ Dave Alvin adds a deliberate poignancy with his solid guitarmanship and sincere vocal for “Ol ’55.”