Downtown Train" is a song by Tom Waits released on his album in 1985. Rain Dogs
The promo video for the song was directed by
Jean-Baptiste Mondino and features the boxer Jake LaMotta.
Rod Stewart recorded a cover version that became a #3 hit on the chart after being released as a single in late 1989, and was also a number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 album rock and adult contemporary charts. The song went to number-one in Canada and made the top ten on the [1 ] UK Singles Chart in 1990. Stewart received a Grammy nomination for the song in the category Best Male Pop Vocal performance. Stewart's cover featured the [2 ] slide guitar playing of Jeff Beck.
Other artists who have covered "Downtown Train" include
Mary Chapin Carpenter, who included it on her debut album in 1987; and Hometown Girl Patty Smyth, who released a version that same year that reached #95 on the Billboard Hot 100. Everything But the Girl produced an acoustic cover of the song, notably used in the final episode of American sitcom How I Met Your Mother. [3 ] Bob Seger recorded a cover in 1989, but opted not to release it because Stewart's version had been released earlier. On February 28, 2011, Seger finally released his version of the song as a single, which appears on the retrospective album . The German band Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets The Piano Has Been Drinking included a version of Downtown Train ( Rude Jolf) on their 1990 album The Piano Has Been Drinking which consists entirely of cover versions of Tom Waits songs in Kölsch dialect (Colognian).
Swedish artist Moneybrother released a Swedish version of the song; it is included on his album Pengabrorsan. Austrian hardcore/punk band Rentokill recorded a cover of the track for their 2009 EP The O.S.E.
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Patty Smyth version [ edit ]
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