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Published: 2012/08/07

Tom Waits Unveils "Hell Broke Luce" Video

Tom Waits has been building suspense with a series of pirate-themed teasers over the past couple of weeks. That suspense ended this morning, when Waits’ dropped the video for the song “Hell Broke Luce,” off his 2011 release Bad As Me. While many expected the news to be a tour announcement, instead Waits teamed up with director Matt Mahurin on the video, which he describes as an “apocalyptic war dream.”

“Kathleen and I envisioned it as an enlightened drill sergeant yelling the hard truths of war to a brand new batch of recruits. The video grew from the gnawing image of a soldier pulling his home, through a battlefield, at the end of a rope,” says Waits. “I think you will agree, it’s uplifting and fun.”

“Hell Broke Luce” features Marc Ribot and Keith Richards on guitar, with Flea on bass and Casey Waits on drums. Watch the video below.


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Grizzle August 7, 2012, 13:37:19

Awesome. This guy is the man. I don’t think there is a song writer on the earth as diverse as Tom Waits…this guy can go from songs of deep nostalgia ‘house where nobody lives’ to the indescribable catchy & bazaaro ‘Kommienezuspadt‘…listen to ‘Hell Broke Luce’ and ‘Temptation’ back to back and tell me how its the same person. Clearly its Tom Waits, but clearly there is no one else with that kind of range.

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