This spring, Scarlett Johansson is putting out a record of Tom Waits covers. That’s right: You might get to hear The Nanny Diaries star singing “Jockey Full of Bourbon.” OK, haters, before you invoke the ill-conceived albums of such non-singers as Eddie Murphy – or, perhaps more appropriately, ill-conceived Tom Waits covers, including Rod Stewart’s execrable version of “Downtown Train” – consider Johansson’s voice. She’s not all Vuitton ads and lounging around naked on the cover of Vanity Fair, you know. The 22-year-old’s husky pipes lend her a maturity that’s beyond her years. But does she have the skid-row gravitas to pull this off?
And, tell everyone, which Waits songs would you like to hear her cover?