Forgive me if I've started a repeat topic. I used the search feature but couldn't find a thread devoted to Tom Waits, so I thought I would start one.
Tom Waits is simply my favorite recording artist ever. I went through a phase of such total obsession that for about a 2 year period, I pretty much listened only to Waits. It all started when I first heard Hold On at a record store. The song immediately captured me and I asked the clerk who it was and left that day with Mule Variations and never looked back.
Although I enjoy many songs from his early career, I am primarily a Franks Wild Years and later listener.
I think Pony is my favorite piece of recorded music ever.
I think his singing on Briar and the Rose is my favorite vocal performance ever.
If I made a list of 10 desert island CDs, five would be his: Franks Wild Years, Rain Dogs, Alice, Mule Variations, and Black Rider (and I would miss about 4 more terribly.)
If some higher power ever made me choose between all other music or Tom Waits for the rest of my life, I would struggle with the decision.
Anyway, that's my Tom Waits appreciation post.