Good timing, St. Vincent. Tom Waits’ “Bad As Me” surfaced recently (listen below), and it’s got a lot of the same personality that you’d expect from a Tom Waits song, but the delivery borders on goofy. His growling vocal chords are already dramatic enough – when he uses them like this, it’s just a little too much.

Tom Waits – Bad As Me

The song left a weird taste in my mouth, so it’s nice to have St. Vincent come along and cover one of my favorite Tom Waits songs, “Tango Till They’re Sore.” She kills it too, and even if she did admittedly fuck up a few of the words, she makes up for it with a nonchalant strut to her step. A St. Vincent imitation of Tom Waits would have been funny, but I’m glad she decided to turn it into a raw, acoustic rendition of her own.

She also performs “Surgeon,” from her forthcoming album Stange Mercy, out September 13th. Check her out, live with Spin, after the jump…