Aug 9, 2012
Broke As Me: The Tom Waits Beat Tape by Big Pauper
Here's an interesting project I came across: The entire Bad As Me album by Tom Waits remixed & reimagined by a DJ going by the name of Big Pauper. Overall it's quite surprising & definitely fun to listen to, and I have to give the guy credit for trying...Tom Waits isn't exactly the first artist you think of when you think about possible remixes. But a lot of this works quite well...especially the more uptempo rhythmic tracks like Chicago, Raised Right Men, and Satisfied. Interestingly, the most beat heavy track from the original album, Hell Broke Luce, here is reimagined as down tempo & piano based - almost sounding like a Spiritualized demo tape - my only complaint being it ends too soon!
Anyway, here is what Big Pauper himself says about the project:
This is "Bad As Me" by Tom Waits remixed track for track (in two and a half weeks time) by Big Pauper (Circle Into Square, Folktek) on some serious blowing-off-steam lighthearted i-wanna-feel-good-n-have-fun beat tape shit.This album was a creative exercise in rapid fire beat construction. While the two and a half weeks it took me to create this isn't exactly light speed it sure beats the seven year duration it took me to complete the "Beyond My Means" LP.
Remixes were constructed using the original songs, other Tom Waits material, a recent Tom Waits interview on NPR, 60's japanese gangster flicks, the occasional czech new wave flick, a bunch of instruments & a couple of stacks of records/tapes.
Short n' sweet, this record was created with nothing but the utmost respect for Mister Tom Waits & all sampled artists. It is unauthorized & unaffiliated with Anti Records.
Listen to and/or download the entire thing below. And buy Tom Waits records here!