Posted in music on April 21, 2008

Scarlett Johansson w/ David Bowie & Elijah Wood (2004)
Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie

On May 20, Scarlett Johansson's Tom Waits covers album, titled 'Anywhere I Lay My Head,' sees its release, with guest spots from David Bowie and production by TV on the Radio's David Sitek. Spearheaded by Waits' 'Falling Down' -- from 1988's 'Big Time' -- this isn't your average celebrity music makeover.

"When I had the idea to do an album of Tom Waits songs, before I had even met Dave [Sitek], someone suggested I sing 'Falling Down,'" Johansson tells Spinner. "But I decided it was too corny for me to do just because it has the lyric about 'Scarlett and me.' But Dave hadn't even noticed it. When I mentioned it, he thought the synchronicity was crazy and I never even thought twice about it after that. I was like, 'Yeah, let's do it.'"

"With 'Falling Down,' our pursuit of making one song with both Kermit the Frog and David Bowie on it became a success," Sitek adds.

Have an exclusive listen to 'Falling Down' on Spinner.

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Comments (30)

david sitek sure is looking a lot like a hobbit of late...

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 1:47 PM

I'd love to be 'Falling Down' on Scarlett. That's a nice quintuple tracked vocal performance on that tune! Like Debbie Harry on 'ludes.

Posted by greg | April 21, 2008 2:01 PM

how can they get that close to Bowie's teeth without sunglasses?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 2:09 PM

Any news on the summer Tom Waits tour?

Sitek shouldn't be producing anyone. The banjo on the track sounds like Kermit the Frog playing Rainbow Connection.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 2:09 PM

That sounded... OK. Not as shitty as I expected, but not fantastic either. It's fair to ask if it weren't Scarlett doing this album, would it be getting any attention?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 2:28 PM

I feel bad for her considering all the shit that's gonna fly her way if the rest of the album is as bad as this.

But, yeah - this is really bad.

Posted by YO YO | April 21, 2008 2:59 PM

Seemed alright to me.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 3:09 PM

Sitek's production is great. He's got a definite sound and it works, even with Scarlett's boring vocals.

Posted by BC | April 21, 2008 3:25 PM

After about 4 seconds, I wanted to strangle a bunny or a kitten or a puppy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 3:32 PM

huge tom waits fan here. i went into it really really wanting/expecting to hate it. but, i actually like it a LOT.
I could do without the backing vocals on the second chorus, but in all, a great job.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 4:21 PM

"this isn't your average celebrity music makeover" says spinner.com. Damn straight. It's a micro-targeted, demographic specific celebrity music makeover. And it's annoying.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 4:39 PM

over produced for sure but suprisingly cool.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 4:47 PM

she shouldve spaced it out a bit from the she & him album so this wouldnt have been considered SO comparingly bad

Posted by sarah | April 21, 2008 4:48 PM

however, she can play my tele any day of the week.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 4:54 PM

Scarlett's label is very mean.

Posted by Alex | April 21, 2008 5:20 PM

downright abysmal.
Sitek threw the kitchen sink at this one, but nothings gonna make that voice sound good.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 5:39 PM

i like it alot

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 6:02 PM

i wonder if she was fellating the TVOTR guy as he was mixing the album 'cause that's what it sounds like

frodo...did you see mr bowie's pink thing backstage?

Posted by HIPSTER POSEUR | April 21, 2008 6:26 PM

these dam celebraties....they think they can do anything.

Vocals are severely effected, I guess they had to revamp her weak vocals. This is the best she can do with her power team of producers and $$$.

Quite sad.

Ps: and no, Im not bitter. I was truly expecting to like it cause I heard she had a nice husky voice. And I like husky female voices.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 6:36 PM

i love her but...come on, this is terrible. it sounds like it was recorded under water and she does not have a good voice.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 9:05 PM

Kinda sounds like... Berlin or something... some old over the top 80s song that I just can't think of right now... I can't decide if I like this or not...

Posted by Jennson | April 21, 2008 10:21 PM

god awful, like a demo by a rich kid. but, my god how i would fuck the shit out of her for weeks and weeks.
the reason this flew is because everyone in her way hoped to take the 'mentor' role hoping for some ass in some weird father figure process. i would.
ouch. is that bowie in the background towards the end? even him? she must have a golden pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2008 10:46 PM

Definitely different...

Posted by Chris | April 21, 2008 11:20 PM

It sucks. It's nice to know that she had the money to do an album, but she lacks talent!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2008 7:07 AM

i hope dave got to rail her out, if nothing else for all us guys in glasses.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2008 1:54 PM

horrible. i can't see anyone buying this if it weren't Scarlett Johansson.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2008 2:59 PM

wait til you hear the dan deacon x daft punk remix! shit is the fire!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2008 4:14 PM

Wow, sounds like TVOTR: lackluster beats and boring vocals.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2008 4:22 PM

I love this so much! It sounds like Vanessa Hudgens' older brother.

Posted by word to your mother | April 24, 2008 11:54 PM

Sooo pretentious, covering Tom Waits and trying to sound like Nico, oh yeah just throw some Salman Rushdie in there. Ambitious and fail

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2008 2:36 PM

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