Rock Hits
Tom Morello Turns Tom Waits Classic Into Pop-Rock Hymn With X Ambassadors

Tom Morello Turns Tom Waits Classic Into Pop-Rock Hymn With X Ambassadors

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello teams with pop songsters X Ambassadors on a strummy, soulful version of singer Tom Waits' gritty 1999 pean "Come On Up to the House" that emerged on Wednesday (March 16).

The rendition replete with gospel choir represents one-half of Morello's new Spotify Singles release.

But the Waits cover is essentially a B-side. The single's lead number is a version of Morello's "Raising Hell" with singer-songwriter Ben Harper. The joint effort first appeared on Morello's third collaborative album, The Atlas Underground Flood, issued last year.

Listen to both tracks down toward the bottom of this post.

"Come On Up to the House" first appeared on Waits' 1999 Mule Variations album and has since become a signature cut for the gravelly-voiced icon. Morello's The Atlas Underground Flood also features the Rage rocker's song with Alex Lifeson and Kirk Hammett. In 2021, Morello released the album's counterpart, The Atlas Underground Fire.

Last week, Morello said white supremacists who liked Rage weren't intelligent enough to know what the band's music signified. The guitarist has outlined his socialist political drive throughout his career, starting with his contributions to the activist rap-rock of Rage Against the Machine in the 1990s. Over the last year, the musician has spoken out against the U.S. Capitol attack, refuted racist stereotypes and given support to refugees.

NEW MUSIC PLAYLIST: Keep up with the new rock songs released each week by liking Loudwire's "Weekly Wire" playlist on Spotify. It gets updated every Friday with 50 brand new tracks.

Tom Morello, Spotify Singles

10 Rock + Metal Covers More Famous Than the Originals

Know of any rock or metal cover versions more famous than the original? Check out the list below for 10 great examples.