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    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.

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    Of course, no mention of Waits is complete without mentioning the famous video of Cookie Monster covering God's Away On Business. A classic.

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    ..or his cameo in classical music (Gavin Bryars' Jesus blood never failed me yet)....

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    He's inconsistent... Rain Dogs and Swordfish... would be better albums without those horrible schmaltz-ballads.
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    Horrible schmaltz-ballads? Get out.

    And indeed, through all of the phases and obsessions i've endured over the last 8 years, Tom Waits never, ever fails to thrill me. As a musician, i have few idols, but Tom is still by a long stretch held in my highest regards amongst them. The man would dominate any 'top 50 songs' or whatever i could come up with, i'm sure.

    Immensely fond of Franks Wild Years, Mule Variations and the Black Rider, but Swordfishtrombones remains one of the most staggering artworks i've ever experienced.
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    Admit it, this:

    Is pretty bad.

    With that said it's about the only clunker on the album*. I'm no Waits hater, but gimme Beefheart any day.

    * Ok, there's another one I don't like where he's like "look at this photograph... IT'S HERRrr...." It's been a while since I've heard his stuff.
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    Don't like too many of the ballads or mid-paced songs (Jersey Girl, Downtown Train etc.) unless there's a sinister or tragic undercurrent (Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis etc.). Otherwise, I could listen to his stuff for hours - like Ray Davies, Lou Reed and Randy Newman, Tom Waits is one of my favourite musical storytellers.

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    I love the guitar work in this song. One of my favorite solos.


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    Quote Originally Posted by EricABQ View Post
    I love the guitar work in this song. One of my favorite solos.

    great solo, Marc Ribot is a fantastic guitarist. My favorite of him is that on Clap hands, that is one of my favorite Waits songs too.

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    I don't think I've ever heard a song that paints a more beautifully melancholic picture than this song. It's perfect.


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    I have a pile of his albums. Good stuff on all of them.
    Favorites are:

    The Heart Of Saturday Night
    Blue Valentine
    Rain Dogs
    Frank's Wild Years

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    One of my favorites. From Blood Money.

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    My fave:


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    Regarding this^^^^^^^^, I think Heartattack and Vine is probably my favorite album from his earlier phase.

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