As one of America’s most unique and adventurous singer-songwriters, Tom Waits has often used field recordings and unconventional locations to mix high fidelity and lo-fi. His 1999 album, The Mule Variations, opened with a strange percussive sound that could only come from a tape recording of Waits, drumming wildly on a dresser in a Mexican hotel. As Waits himself described, “I started screaming and banging on this chest of drawers really hard, till it was kindling, trying to make it sound like a full band.” He then edited the result into the start of “Big in Japan,” a song that actually does feature a full band.