Sep 28, 2016
Joined by Sam Clements and Simon Renshaw, Sam and Martin dive into the pomp and bluster of the orchestral stylings of Potter’s Field. With the musical and lyrical setting clearly placed in the world of noir, we examine this song and its explicit influence, Sam Fuller’s film Pickup On South Street, as well as some of the obscure storytelling choices made by Waits in this track from Foreign Affairs.
Song by Song is Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay; two musicians listening to and discussing every single Tom Waits track in chronological order.
Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes
Potter’s Field, Foreign Affairs, Tom Waits (1977)
Pickup On South Street (film), directed by Samuel Fuller (1953)
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