Various – In Tribute to Tom Waites

	
	
You get the feeling Tom Waites would welcome this bizarre punk tribute to his work. If Tom's musical career had stalled a few years he would have been swept up in the New Wave of the late 1970s and asked by record company executives to play faster and sneer at the camera – a bit like Elvis Costello or Ian Dury. But he took his own path, unencumbered by musical trends with carte blanche to pursue his own interests. As a roaming outsider, his influence on contemporary DIY punk makes sense when spelled out on vinyl.

The Domestics kick off with a raucous UK hardcore version of Cemetary Polka, which magnifies the desperation and angst of the original into a frantic writhing chaotic mess. And Casual Nausea replace Tom's throaty grunt on God's Away on Business with demented gang vocals. Liverpool punkers Dead Class take hold of Raindogs and give it the Jello Biafra treatment that you always suspected was possible but never dared to articulate. And The Minor Discomfort Band have pop-punk fun with a Waites rarity, Take Care of all my Children to round off a project that could easily have turned into a double album. Love Tom Waites? Love raucous UK DIY punk? Get it before it goes.

Through: Antipop Records HERE

 
	
	
 

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