Waits, There’s More

To complete my trifecta of charismatic musicians, here is a video of the singular Tom Waits performing Chocolate Jesus on David Letterman:

The confetti in the pockets thing is a reference to Bob Christ, a Chevrolet salesman from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, who allegedly fell out of a window twelve stories up and survived due to the fact that “he had a little confetti in his hair.” Since that incident, he’s never gone anywhere without confetti in his hair. Christ featured prominently in the song “Tango ’til They’re Sore” from the Rain Dogs album, which you can learn more about here. As for how the confetti meme got into Waits’s oeuvre, I can only guess, since I can’t seem to draw much of a link between Jesus and Italian candy.

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