Watch: Cookie Monster Covers Tom Waits

C is for “Cuban Chinese”

What’s a polite way of saying Tom Waits’ voice sounds like it was dipped in gravel, drowned in whiskey and glued to the bottom of an ash tray? You could just say that he sounds like Cookie Monster, a comparison people have been making for years.

Well, one YouTube prankster has connected the dots, mashing up footage of the furry blue sugar fiend with Waits’ “God’s Away on Business,” a song from 2002’s Blood Money. The results are dark and hilarious.

Speaking of Waits, the freshly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has hinted via his Facebook page that an announcement regarding some new material will be made on August 23. Get excited.