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Tom Waits to join Iggy Pop for special BBC Radio 6 Music programme

Tom Waits and Iggy Pop are to reunite for a special two-hour programme on BBC Radio 6 Music.

In similar style to their famous joint appearance in Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes, the pair will play some of their favourite tracks to each other and share stories.

These include how Tom hitched a ride towards Los Angeles with eden ahbez – the songwriter who composed “Nature Boy”, which became a No. 1 hit for eight weeks in 1948 for Nat King Cole – and how Iggy once came across Captain Beefheart eating breakfast in L.A. but was wise enough not to disturb him.

Expect songs such as 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 Tom heard on the radio and a couple of 60s TV theme tunes too.

Grammy Award-winning, American musician, composer, songwriter and actor Tom was inspired as a young man by the music of Bob Dylan and the Beat movement. He began his music career on the San Diego folk music scene, before moving to L.A. in the early 70s and signing his first recording contract. He’s now regarded as one of the most successful songwriters in musical history.

You can hear Tom and Iggy co-host this special show on BBC Radio 6 Music on Sunday 3 December, 4pm-6pm.

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