Video: Tom Waits, Fernwood Tonight, 1977

One of many memorable Tom Waits television appearances over the years was this funny performance and interview on Fernwood Tonight, aka Fernwood 2Nite, a short-lived parody talk show hosted by Martin Mull and Fred Willard set in the fictional town of Fernwood, Ohio. Watch Waits sing 1976 Small Change cut “The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) (an Evening with Pete King)” before riffing with the hosts while smoking like a chimney above.

Classic Waits Pull-Quote: “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.”

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