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

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

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

  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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