Best Jukebox - 2007
Way Out Club
While the wave of digital jukeboxes (currently invading a bar near you) might offer thousands of titles on their screens, a good jukebox is all about expression, a bar's way of showing you what it's all about via a handful of albums. Appropriately, the discs that fill the sticker-splattered jukebox at the Way Out Club offer a glimpse into the joint's psychobilly soul. With a fine selection ranging from the local scene that includes the Trip Daddys and 7 Shot Screamers to roots country like Hank Williams to a healthy sampling of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground to pure psychobilly rockers the Cramps, the collection that fills the Way Out's box is perfectly in tune with the essence of the bar itself. It's like the lady exclaimed when a certain Marlboro Red-ruined voice began to growl from the speakers: "This is the perfect Tom Waits bar!"