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October 20, 2011

Oh, yes. Love this movie and I love this scene. I’m always surprised at what a wonderful and subtle actor Waits can be. Also: nice hairnet.

He’s right too about Dylan: his satellite radio show is something very special.

austinkleon:

“Lee Baby Sims!”

Tom Waits and John Lurie in one of my favorite scenes from Down By Law.

Waits:

I don’t really like listening to the radio so much. Everything’s so compartmentalized now with all this satellite radio. It bugs the shit out of me. But I like Bob [Dylan]’s Theme Time Radio Hour though. That was really how radio used to be when I was a teenager. You had disc jockeys who were literally able to pick a theme: [impersonating Dylan] “Roses, man. This song’s about roses. White roses. Thorns of roses.” […] it was inspiring because you were hearing the connections between songs. It was more like if you sat around at home for a couple hours and said, “Let’s just play records and entertain each other.” There’s something very organic about that. I think this whole division between the genres has more to do with marketing than anything else. It’s terrible for the culture of music. Like anything that is purely economic, it ignores the most important component.

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