Jim Jarmusch and Tom Waits go together like, well, a shot bourbon and a glass of beer. But you already knew that. Back when I was still doing free-form radio, downtown, prior to the show on SIRIUS, I would occasionally air Tom Waits’ riff (as DJ Lee “Baby” Sims) to John Lurie, from Jarmusch’s Down By Law, that closes with the cellmate introducing New Orleans’ own Earl King. I was reminded of this interplay a couple of weeks ago after posting Waits guest slots on Bob Dylan’s radio show.

Revisiting the film, I think we need more Jarmusch and Rain Dogs in 2010. Someone should run on that platform; we’ve certianly seen worse. Until then, I leave you with this…

MP3: Tom Waits :: DJ Lee ‘Baby’ Sims  (Waits & Lurie)
MP3: Earl King :: Trick Bag

Tom Waits – Jockey Full Of Bourbon (Down By Law Soundtrack)

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13 Responses to “Tom Waits/DJ Lee ‘Baby’ Sims :: Jim Jarmusch’s “Down by Law””

  1. Just about perfect

  2. You can also hear Tom in DJ mode in another great Jim Jarmusch film, Mystery Train:

  3. I used to wish Tom Waits was my Dad, but now I realise the possible repercussions of such a bold move I wish he was my Dads brother. Crazy Uncle Tom…

  4. I believe Tom Waits actually raised some very well-adjusted kids. His oldest son Casey plays drums when he tours. It is the similar with Bob Dylan’s kids. (Whatever you think of Jakob’s music, you have to admit he has life skills). These guys are geniuses AND good dads to boot. It’s just one of those things.

  5. Bunch of dickheads on autostroke…


  7. It’s a sad and beautiful world.

  8. and that’s how Down By Law remained my favorite Jarmusch film. Tom vs. Iggy in Coffee & Cigarettes is also brilliant. Thank you guys for reminding me of such a brilliant low-budget film by one of my favorite directors.

  9. well in this case Bob I’d have to say you’re looking AT the window

  10. Such a dope movie. Thanks for the mp3 collection of Waits’ appearances on Theme Time. They’re scientifically designed to make a person like me giddy.

  11. Are you the same Lee Baby Sims that was on WPOP in Hartford, CT?

  12. Could you please check the links for the mp3s? The mp3 files don’t seem to be available/or the player isn’t finding them. Could you please fix this? Thanks very much.

  13. files are no longer active on purpose. – AD

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