Daily Download: "The Barker of Dupes," Skeleton Key

Carnival barking madness from Skeleton Key

Published October 11, 2005 7:01AM (EDT)

Many bands have taken inspiration from the carnival barker and junkyard percussion phase of Tom Waits' career, and most of them have come out sounding pretty dreadful (made all the more painfully clear when the man himself came clanging back with "Real Gone," which was beautiful and new and truly strange, not just "skewed" and "offbeat"), a happy exception being Skeleton Key, led by onetime Lounge Lizards bassist Erik Sanko. They have a new EP on the way, but in the meantime, here's the standout track from 2002's "Obtanium," a clattering, glorious mess of juiced-up "Bone Machine" madness.

By Salon Staff

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