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Tom Waits joins Iggy Pop for a two-hour special on BBC Radio 6 Music

21 November 2023, 11:22 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

The Grammy Award-winning, American musician, composer, songwriter and actor, Tom Waits has announced that he will co-host a special show with Iggy Pop.

Echoing their famous joint appearance in Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes, the two-hour programme will see the pair pump the Confidential jukebox full of nickels and dimes and spin some of their favourite tracks to one another.

Songs include "Bangkok" by Alex Chiltern, "Bye Bye Butterfly" by Pauline Oliveros, "Moon River" by Frank Ocean and "Colorado Kool-Aid" by Johnny Paycheck, as well as the first spoken word song that Waits heard on the radio and a couple of '60s TV theme tunes to raise a smile.

In between records, they’ll share stories, including how he hitched a ride towards Los Angeles with eden ahbez - the songwriter who composed “Nature Boy”, which became a number one hit for eight weeks in 1948 for Nat King Cole, and also how Iggy once came across Captain Beefheart eating breakfast in LA but was wise enough not to disturb him.

Tom Waits and Iggy Pop's show is set to air on Sunday 3 December from 4pm-6pm via

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