Watch the video for Tom Waits' 'Hell Broke Luce'

So, remember that Tom Waits pirate picture?

When the peerless bluesman first made the shot viral, the Internet was rife with speculation – a new Tom Waits album? A tour? A change of career?

Well, not quite: in fact, August 7 turned out to simply be the release date for the video for ‘Bad as Luce’, a stand-out track from Waits’ last album Bad As Me. So not quite as exciting as a new album then, but still pretty welcome. You can watch the Matt Mahurin-directed video below, and read Waits’ accompanying statement here:

As most of you guessed, it’s a tour…a tour de force!

Matt Mahurin has created an apocalyptic war dream to accompany the song ‘Hell Broke Luce’.  Kathleen [Brennan, Waits’ wife] and I envisioned it as an enlightened drill sergeant yelling the hard truths of war to a brand new batch of recruits. The video grew from the gnawing image of a soldier pulling his home, through a battlefield, at the end of a rope.

I think you will agree, it’s uplifting and fun.”



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