Breaking – New Tom Waits

By Huntress Thompson

Hell Broke Luce is the latest single off Tom Waits’ 17th studio album, Bad As Me.

Watch the video after the drop.

The album was first uncorked over listeners last August, with the first eponymous single, followed by Back in the Crowd a month later, with Hell Broke Luce rounding up the trifecta yesterday.

Side note: The photographs for Bad As Me’s album art were taken by talented director Jesse Dylan, son of the more famous Bob, brother to the more famous Jakob.

All I’m saying is, sometimes in the gene pool, there are peaks and troughs, face-wise. I’ll just leave this with you, and we can move on.


Hell Broke Luce itself is sort of a volcanic war cry, with a strongly cinematic video and heavy political overtones.

Here’s the video, by seasoned music video director Matt Mahurin  (who, incidentally, is also an acclaimed illustrator, and was responsible for that controversial OJ Simpson Time magazine cover).

At one point, he’s visually, physically dragging an enormous stone whale along the floor of the ocean, which is the best metaphor for Tom Waits’ voice I’ve ever heard.

Have a look and tell me what you think.



Huntress Thompson

In the vacuum between dark and light, Siouxsie Sioux and Emmylou Harris, Amelie and Travis Bickle, Huntress Thompson is an idiot lost, and reporting from the field. If you’re after irrational, impassioned rants about cupcakes and Johnny Cash (and you probably aren’t), she’s grumpy, but she’s your girl.


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