Many of the best Tom Waits covers polish off Waits’ most oddball tendencies to bring out a more conventional beauty (Springsteen’s “Jersey Girl,” Baez’s “Day After Tomorrow,” Cash’s “Down There By the Train,” etc). Here’s a band that went in the opposite direction.
Swedish trio Domino Majestic climbed a nearby mountain to cover “God’s Away on Business,” dragging a harmonium with them. Now in most bands, the harmonium would be the strangest instrument, but here’s it’s the most conventional. It’s accompanied by a bass made of an old gasoline can (it’s worth watching their video about this bizarro instrument) and a guy pounding on a suitcase with a mallet.
Their rendition is one Waits – who’s been known to put strings on dumpsters to record – would appreciate. Watch it below.
Check out more strange songs from Domino Majestic at their YouTube.