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michaelc
(Walnut Creek, CA)
Posted: Jan 03, 2018 16:29
 

 
Posted: Jan 03, 2017 5:06
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 SeriousLee wrote:
Just got that CD in the mail this week. Am i the only old-schooler here?

 
I spun this on vinyl last week.  Fantastic album, particularly side 2.

This on my minor rotation list.


ch83575
Posted: Jan 03, 2017 5:06
 

 SeriousLee wrote:
Just got that CD in the mail this week. Am i the only old-schooler here?

 
I spun this on vinyl last week.  Fantastic album, particularly side 2.
twoplain2sea
(After the gold rush by my friend Amphion.)
Posted: Dec 18, 2016 21:06
 

tell a bigger tale

tell me how I feel

Using words I never say
I can only think it must be love
Oh anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day
jbuhl
(Boulder,CO)
Posted: Jul 31, 2016 16:24
 

{#Cool}
LinThizzy
(above all)
Posted: Mar 10, 2016 2:48
 

I always imagine a hobbit singing this, is waits a hobbit?
dimar
(La Pointe, WI)
Posted: Feb 07, 2016 11:39
 

No you're not the only "old schooler"—lots of us love Waits.  If you're referring to actual CDs (as opposed to digital downloads)  then, maybe.  I have never been happy with all the plastic involved in the making of a CD, which has such a ridiculously short life expectancy.  LPs last so much longer!  No matter how well you take care of CDs, if you even breathe on them a little too hard, they skitter.  I'm a digital girl all the way, now. 
SeriousLee
Posted: Dec 06, 2015 14:27
 

Just got that CD in the mail this week. Am i the only old-schooler here?
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Nov 20, 2015 20:41
 

 coloradojohn wrote:
This one gets me, every time — and haunts me for days afterward.  Simply magnificent.  Now I wanna hear Frank's Wild Years...
 
Yep, the whole album is excellent.
easmann
(Standing on Zanzibar)
Posted: Sep 04, 2015 11:07
 

Nice use of marimba.
Will62
Posted: Sep 03, 2015 16:31
 

Brilliant. Pure Genius. This man creates music as music should be - thoughtful, soul-stirring, unpretentious and MEANINGFUL. God's blessings to you Mr Waits.
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Jul 18, 2015 13:40
 

Well, Tom, it ain't your problem, but I'm not in the mood. I wanna go take a ride in my Ol 55 and get some tunefulness. PSD. 
LindaSimmons
(USA)
Posted: Jun 16, 2015 4:46
 

Everybody Knows it
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Nov 08, 2014 19:34
 

Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...
NCEyeballKid
(In the heart of saturday night)
Posted: Sep 23, 2014 0:39
 

 coloradojohn wrote:
This one gets me, every time — and haunts me for days afterward.  Simply magnificent.  Now I wanna hear Frank's Wild Years...

 
Frank's Wild Years was my "gateway drug" to Tom Waits.  I now have at least 20 hours of his music and feel like I need more.
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Sep 07, 2014 9:10
 

Waits is wicked cool, got me doin' the obituary mambo daddy-o
SmackDaddy
(San Diego)
Posted: Jun 05, 2014 12:05
 

 rdo wrote:
Tom Waits after Beck.  WHY ARE YOU TORTURING US BILL???? 
 

I'm sure there's a Top 40 hits internet radio station you could find.
Rotterdam
Posted: May 05, 2014 4:10
 

 ch83575 wrote:
This might be my favorite Tom Waits album.  It's an album that demands to be listened to in its entirety.

 
I agree. A true work of art. I never get tired of it, and never stop hearing new details in the music and lyrics.
skyguy
(CO)
Posted: Apr 19, 2014 13:07
 

 coloradojohn wrote:
This one gets me, every time -- and haunts me for days afterward.  Simply magnificent.  Now I wanna hear Frank's Wild Years...

 
never could stand that dog...
rdo
(DC)
Posted: Apr 03, 2014 17:34
 

Tom Waits after Beck.  WHY ARE YOU TORTURING US BILL???? 
ch83575
Posted: Jan 14, 2014 9:12
 

This might be my favorite Tom Waits album.  It's an album that demands to be listened to in its entirety.
ziakut
(Beyond Becoming)
Posted: Jan 14, 2014 9:11
 

The beginning is the worst part. It leads to the rest of it.
Will62
Posted: Aug 25, 2013 14:56
 

 With you on this Coloradojohn. Simply brilliant.
coloradojohn wrote:
This one gets me, every time -- and haunts me for days afterward.  Simply magnificent.  Now I wanna hear Frank's Wild Years...

 


coloradojohn
(A Mile High and then some, Cherry Creek, Denver)
Posted: Aug 25, 2013 14:43
 

This one gets me, every time -- and haunts me for days afterward.  Simply magnificent.  Now I wanna hear Frank's Wild Years...
Rotterdam
Posted: Jul 09, 2013 6:51
 

A brilliant artist, in my opinion. Just brilliant....
sjccroquet
Posted: Jul 09, 2013 6:50
 

 dwlangham wrote:
I can get enough of this guy.

 
Can, and have.
scrubbrush
(All lost in the supermarket)
Posted: May 06, 2013 15:30
 

 dwlangham wrote:
I can get enough of this guy.

 
't
dwlangham
(Nowhere to be found)
Posted: Apr 05, 2013 11:48
 

I can get enough of this guy.
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Feb 01, 2013 16:26
 

 Cynaera wrote:

These are incredible lyrics, but I'm damned if I know what they mean...  He's like T. S. Eliot - a line means something totally other than what it appears to mean at first read. Tom Waits is not a superficial listen. Once you embrace one of his songs, you're in it for the long haul.

SIgh.  Sign me up. I'm in it for the long haul. This song is the first in (I figure) a long line of enigmas that I need to solve.

 

Well said...

miss you...
 
rdo
(DC)
Posted: Oct 30, 2012 15:28
 

 AndyJ wrote:
Tom Waits is hard to take in a tall glass or more than one... But every once in a wile... And that's what makes RP wonderful... The connections are made by humans...not machines doing the "Those who liked what you liked also liked..." social herding...

 Humans run in a pack...not a herd... and alone, we start again, on our own...which is why RP has encouraged me to buy so many albums... Thanks... There is always someone trying to guide, manipulate us into a group, race, nation, townie, whatever...They eventually fail... the rewards are shallow and seldom transition a generation...and never three
 

I always like to quote George Carlin on groups.  To paraphrase, when people get together in groups, it's for one reason: to fuck other people over.
AndyJ
(Oregon)
Posted: May 28, 2012 13:12
 

Tom Waits is hard to take in a tall glass or more than one... But every once in a wile... And that's what makes RP wonderful... The connections are made by humans...not machines doing the "Those who liked what you liked also liked..." social herding...

 Humans run in a pack...not a herd... and alone, we start again, on our own...which is why RP has encouraged me to buy so many albums... Thanks... There is always someone trying to guide, manipulate us into a group, race, nation, townie, whatever...They eventually fail... the rewards are shallow and seldom transition a generation...and never three


jhorton
Posted: Feb 20, 2012 19:05
 

Granted, this is only for hardcore Tom Waits fans:

http://youtu.be/2se2kV1W0c8

Yes, it's TW on a fishing show. Well, a fishing show of sorts, with John Laurie. Totally hilarious, in a Jim Jarmusch/John Laurie/Tom Waits sort of way. 

Farging genius. 
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Dec 21, 2011 22:54
 

 Cynaera wrote:
. . . so heartbreakingly good it makes me want to collapse in a puddle of happy . . .
 
{#Roflol}

unclehud
(300 feet above the planet)
Posted: Dec 19, 2011 7:54
 

Frankly, I think his gravelly, almost-tuneless voice is the perfect way to deliver these lyrics.
zurcronium
(Kobe)
Posted: Nov 01, 2011 19:48
 

New CD out this week. 
Cynaera
(Kenneth's Frequency)
Posted: Aug 17, 2011 14:42
 

 fredriley wrote:

I'm one, so call me Phil E Stine if you want. Yer man's a great street poet, as witness the lyrics quoted a couple of posts ago, and is perhaps one of the greatest living poets in the Anglo-Saxon world, but his voice and delivery is, to put it mildly, 'challenging'. Tuneful it's not, which is maybe no bad thing given the content of his songs, and sometimes him sounding like he's lying on the pavement swilling from a cheap bourbon bottle in a paper bag outside a seedy slum strip club having smoked a packet of Gauloises extra strength is evocative and the perfect way to deliver his work. But he's hardly singalongaTom. So I'm a big fan of his poetry but would much rather hear good cover versions than Ol' Gravel Voice singing them.

 
I hate to be the one to point this out to you, Fred, but your description of Waits' sound is a lot like the way Waits writes...  I wonder - can you sing, too? (Teasing you....)

However, this has forced me to re-evaluate how I evaluate a song. Sometimes it's the lyrics (even if the vocal is pretty horrible), sometimes it's the music (even if the lyrics are juvenile), and sometimes, it's both (thought-provoking lyrics, music that is so heartbreakingly good it makes me want to collapse in a puddle of happy.) I'm more and more convinced that for me, FULL appreciation for a song has to be a lot more expansive than just lyrics OR music OR rhythm... It has to be a combination of everything, because otherwise, it would just be words, or music, or a beat.  It'd be a steak with no side-dishes. It'd be a car with primer but no paint. It'd be a garden with no flowers. It'd be.... Oh, just shoot me. {#Doh}
Boz
Posted: Aug 17, 2011 14:29
 

Carver set to music!
Proclivities
(Carrboro, NC)
Posted: Jul 30, 2011 7:10
 

 fredriley wrote:

... and sometimes him sounding like he's lying on the pavement swilling from a cheap bourbon bottle in a paper bag outside a seedy slum strip club having smoked a packet of Gauloises extra strength is evocative and the perfect way to deliver his work...
 
You say that as if it's a bad thing.  I know what you mean though, his voice can be "challenging" for a lot of folks, not me, though.

fredriley
(Nottingham, UK)
Posted: Jun 15, 2011 13:38
 

 blackjackshellac wrote:
Who are the philistines who rated this less than 9?
 
I'm one, so call me Phil E Stine if you want. Yer man's a great street poet, as witness the lyrics quoted a couple of posts ago, and is perhaps one of the greatest living poets in the Anglo-Saxon world, but his voice and delivery is, to put it mildly, 'challenging'. Tuneful it's not, which is maybe no bad thing given the content of his songs, and sometimes him sounding like he's lying on the pavement swilling from a cheap bourbon bottle in a paper bag outside a seedy slum strip club having smoked a packet of Gauloises extra strength is evocative and the perfect way to deliver his work. But he's hardly singalongaTom. So I'm a big fan of his poetry but would much rather hear good cover versions than Ol' Gravel Voice singing them.

Businessgypsy
(Deepest, Darkest Florida)
Posted: May 28, 2011 5:46
 

 gobits wrote:
Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen. None of them can sing and none does it more beautifully. Should be required listening for every storyteller out there (writer, poet, songwriter, scriptwriter, et al).
 Samuel Clemens was a master of this absurdist non sequitur style. Always a fun writing exercise.


blackjackshellac
(Montreal)
Posted: May 28, 2011 5:44
 

Who are the philistines who rated this less than 9?
gobits
(New York City by way of Tralfamadore & Titan)
Posted: May 12, 2011 10:22
 

Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen. None of them can sing and none does it more beautifully. Should be required listening for every storyteller out there (writer, poet, songwriter, scriptwriter, et al).
Cynaera
(South of Neanderthal)
Posted: Mar 12, 2011 21:09
 

 SweTex wrote:

Swordfishtrombones :

Well he came home from the war
with a party in his head
and modified Brougham DeVille
and a pair of legs that opened up
like butterfly wings
and a mad dog that wouldn't
sit still
he went and took up with a Salvation Army
Band girl
who played dirty water
on a swordfishtrombone
he went to sleep at the bottom of
Tenkiller lake
and he said "gee, but it's
great to be home."

Well he came home from the war
with a party in his head
and an idea for a fireworks display
and he knew that he'd be ready with
a stainless steel machete
and a half a pint of Ballentine's
each day
and he holed up in room above a hardware store
cryin' nothing there but Hollywood tears
and he put a spell on some
poor little Crutchfield girl
and stayed like that for 27 years

Well he packed up all his
expectations he lit out for California
with a flyswatter banjo on his knee
with a lucky tiger in his angel hair
and benzedrine for getting there
they found him in a eucalyptus tree
lieutenant got him a canary bird
and shaked her head with every word
and Chesterfielded moonbeams in a song
and he got 20 years for lovin' her
from some Oklahoma governor
said everything this Doughboy
does is wrong

Now some say he's doing
the obituary mambo
and some say he's hanging on the wall
perhaps this yarn's the only thing
that holds this man together
some say he was never here at all

Some say they saw him down in
Birmingham, sleeping in a
boxcar going by
and if you think that you can tell a bigger tale
I swear to God you'd have to tell a lie...

 
These are incredible lyrics, but I'm damned if I know what they mean...  He's like T. S. Eliot - a line means something totally other than what it appears to mean at first read. Tom Waits is not a superficial listen. Once you embrace one of his songs, you're in it for the long haul.

SIgh.  Sign me up. I'm in it for the long haul. This song is the first in (I figure) a long line of enigmas that I need to solve.

SweTex
(Swede living in Texas)
Posted: Feb 09, 2011 13:10
 

Tom is getting inducted to the rock and roll hall of fame March 11. Congratulations!
PFM
(Out on a limb)
Posted: Jan 06, 2011 16:34
 



Stranglersfan
(Revelstoke, B.C.)
Posted: Jan 06, 2011 16:32
 

Great song (and album) from a prolific artist
pinklife
(St. Augustine, FL)
Posted: Dec 08, 2010 15:40
 

 beerbear wrote:
One of the best from Tom Waits! Play more Waits, please!
 

I second that.  {#Cowboy}
zenhead
(Maine)
Posted: Sep 04, 2010 8:17
 

brilliant, as usual.
countyman
(Pittsburgh)
Posted: Jul 31, 2010 18:17
 

 gekkosan wrote:
I suppose this should give me an idea of what the detractors of Dengue Fever feel. I just don't get this guy at all!
 

It seems to be you, would suck then.
jyoull
(Cambridge, MA)
Posted: Jun 14, 2010 1:47
 

She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up
sirdroseph
(Tokyo)
Posted: May 13, 2010 7:29
 

IMO, this man can do no wrong.......er....musically that is!{#Cool}