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treatment_bound
(Duluth to Madison)
Posted: Sep 07, 2017 6:40
 

 kingart wrote:
Get me Rod Stewart stat! 
Rod Stewart (pictured above celebrating his son's birthday) defended Wayne Rooney after his recent drink-driving arrest

DONE!
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Sep 07, 2017 6:39
 

 kellipeter05 wrote:
Oh man, can someone tell me how "artists" like this get recorded?? This is just terrible.
 
Someone may be able to tell you, but it would likely take a very long time.
meatmike
(Memphis)
Posted: Sep 07, 2017 6:39
 

So, there are folks who don't "get" Tom Waits. Why am I not surprised?
robertheston
(Winston Salem, NC)
Posted: Aug 07, 2017 15:05
 

It's a hand drawn picture 

kcar wrote:

{#Roflol}{#Clap}{#Notworthy}

Cookie Monster doing drunk karaoke to boot....

 


VV
Posted: Jun 07, 2017 9:59
 

Dear God make it stop!!!!!!
kcar
Posted: May 07, 2017 22:04
 

 rpdevotee wrote:
Bruce Springsteen meets the Cookie Monster—God help us...

 
{#Roflol}{#Clap}{#Notworthy}

Cookie Monster doing drunk karaoke to boot....
rpdevotee
(San Jose, CA)
Posted: May 07, 2017 21:58
 

Bruce Springsteen meets the Cookie Monster—God help us...
justin4kick
(The Netherlands)
Posted: Jan 05, 2017 7:14
 

I was going to rate this a 9 till I saw I already did that. 
Grammarcop
(A place with fresh water and great beer)
Posted: Feb 25, 2016 10:07
 

Great music doesn't have to be professional and slick. Sometimes you just have to give in to the power and joy of raw emotion. 
Ptijoc
(FRANCE)
Posted: Feb 25, 2016 8:56
 

One of the most beautiful love song. Ho, despair and joy all together! Thank's Tom, with your broken angel's voice!
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Feb 25, 2016 8:53
 

Get me Rod Stewart stat!

Although this isn't bad. Appropriately wistful soulful earful.  Beats that Get Behind the Chocolate Mule or whatever thingie heard on RP occasionally.   
arserocket
(Achterham)
Posted: Feb 25, 2016 8:51
 

such a good piece of music {#Whistle}
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Dec 24, 2015 9:17
 

Merry Christmas, Peace and Love
kellipeter05
Posted: Dec 24, 2015 9:15
 

Oh man, can someone tell me how "artists" like this get recorded?? This is just terrible.
joetekubi
Posted: Dec 24, 2015 9:15
 

"I was shining like a new nickel"   Life struggling for love, acceptance. As we all do.
 
FourFortyEight
(The Dirty South)
Posted: Oct 22, 2015 18:55
 

I'm going to have to be that weird minority.  Tom Waits is soothing to me.  This track included.
nek
Posted: Sep 21, 2015 10:12
 

The guitarist must be deaf.
 
eveliko
(Miarritzeko)
Posted: Aug 21, 2015 1:11
 

 JanzieNL wrote:
Someone kill me - my ears are bleeding. 
 

 
I don't know either why this particular song by Tom has always sounded painful to me, despite I respect him totally.
JanzieNL
Posted: Aug 21, 2015 1:06
 

Someone kill me - my ears are bleeding. 
 
gratefulgator
(San Francisco CA)
Posted: Jun 19, 2015 11:24
 

I too was wondering why Buddy Holly sounds like Tom Waits. 

 
axon
Posted: Jun 19, 2015 11:22
 

Buddy Holly Not !
jules44
(Sunny North Carolina)
Posted: Mar 16, 2015 10:42
 

not just a pic of Buddy Holly...I was hearing both songs at the same time. 
I'm sure Bill was doing his best to fix the glitch! 
pcc
(Derby, UK)
Posted: Mar 16, 2015 10:38
 

Why the pic of Buddy Holly? C'mon Bill, sort out the gremlin:-)
lemmoth
(NYC)
Posted: Jan 12, 2015 12:47
 

 lerxst wrote:

If a man who can't sing can make a living as a singer, maybe I can be a professional golfer after all. 



 
Tom makes a living first and foremost as a writer.  His own recorded works have been accepted by a fairly substantial albeit niche (not a mass) audience is largely due to his abilities as a song writer, not as a singer.  If the songs sucked no one would have bought many records just to hear his mellifluous {#Laughing} voice, like they once did in the bygone era of Crosby and Sinatra who did not write their recorded tunes but were great interpreters.  

Of course, I quite often prefer the way some of these great writers with non-traditional vocal stylings (Dylan, Young, Costello, Reed, Springsteen, Verlaine and Waits) deliver their tunes over how others cover them. 
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Oct 10, 2014 17:43
 

 Cynaera wrote:
Okay - I've finally figured out why Tom Waits drives me crazy.  I love his music and his writing. Sometimes, I even love his gravelly voice, but that's also why I don't like him.  That voice isvery similar to another voice in my past - attached to the hand that hit me when I didn't do something right.  Bruises were always prefaced by a husky, cigarette-shot voice raised in anger. Thank goodness I was given a chance to escape. 

Tom Waits can belt out a song, but sometimes I flash back to that time when I was married and trying so hard to be the best wife in the world... I'm fine now. I kinda wonder if my ex is even still alive - he had a knack for pissing people off. I can honestly say I wouldn't cry if I learned that he was dead.  So - Tom Waits is a double-edged sword for me. I love his perception and his words, but sometimes his voice makes me cringe inadvertently. Funny what sticks with us through time...{#Cheesygrin}
 
miss you so much, Cynaera...

everybody in my alien space craft loves this song... 
gratefulgator
(San Francisco CA)
Posted: Sep 09, 2014 12:00
 

 Athyrius wrote:

Much like a dead skunk in the middle of the road... best avoided.

 
So true... I consider myself generous when I give Tom Waits' songs a 2.
Athyrius
Posted: Jan 09, 2013 19:24
 

 myersei wrote:
from wikipedia;

Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of 
bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car."

That pretty much sums it up.
 
Much like a dead skunk in the middle of the road... best avoided.
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:54
 

 ri_shelton wrote:
Was "Coffee and Cigarettes" scripted? If not, Waits is an a$#, and though I sometimes like his clever lyrics, he shouldn't count on his voice to make any money. Um, it is about money, isn't it?
 
I don't think he's been waiting tables or working in a cubicle for the last forty years, so apparently he's been able to "count on his voice" for income, despite your ignorance of his career. I'm not sure it's 'about money' though; for one thing, he doesn't allow any of his music to be used in advertising.
myersei
(Denver, CO)
Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:49
 

from wikipedia;

Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of 
bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car."

That pretty much sums it up.
idiot_wind
Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:48
 

How about playing "Ol 55"?

Much better than the cover by the Eagles.
RichardArthur
(France)
Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:21
 

A slice of urban poetry.    And sorry but Tom's original still beats the covers (ie Rod Stewart).
BCarn
(Victoria, B.C.)
Posted: Jul 09, 2012 16:44
 

Shite.
LizK
(Houston, Texas)
Posted: Jun 07, 2012 23:08
 

The word that comes to mind is cheesegrater. {#Grumpy}
Stingray
("ANONYMOUS INTERNET")
Posted: May 07, 2012 4:50
 

Excuse me, but this voice is ridiculous!
ri_shelton
(A few clicks up the river)
Posted: Jan 01, 2012 8:34
 

Was "Coffee and Cigarettes" scripted? If not, Waits is an a$#, and though I sometimes like his clever lyrics, he shouldn't count on his voice to make any money. Um, it is about money, isn't it?
JsDad
(Chapel Hill, NC)
Posted: Jan 01, 2012 8:33
 

To add to the "Cover Versions We Like" list:  I first heard this song done by Everything By the Girl on their Acoustic album.


Athyrius
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 14:50
 

 michaelc wrote:
Tom was first ( Duh )
 
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downtown_Train
 
Just goes to show that being first counts for zilch

michaelc
(Walnut Creek, CA)
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 14:38
 

Tom was first ( Duh )
 
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downtown_Train
hbs47
(SE England)
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 14:38
 

I'm sorry just can get this guy, his voice is a real put off. Great lyricist, check out Holly Cole Temptation album, Waits song with a good voice.
Athyrius
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 14:38
 

Appropriate song for the HOBO (Tom Waits)
AndyJ
(Oregon)
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 14:36
 

Tom Waits is good... BUT like many things, best in small quantities... Glad he's still around. I just can't stay thru a whole CD or concert... Just a good bit...in a small dose... Even at home, I'll have him on "random" so that It's a small dose.   OK-That's me... Your mileage may vary.


DaMoGan
(Beer on the east coast, Beer on the west coast.)
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 14:35
 

 januismer wrote:
Thought it was Oscar The Grouch.
 
{#Lol}

MiracleDrug
(Earth)
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 14:35
 

okay Bruce you have GOT to stop chain-smoking those Luckys...  {#Cowboy}
januismer
(SW Michigan)
Posted: Sep 28, 2011 6:36
 

Thought it was Oscar The Grouch.
stickvaughn
Posted: Jul 27, 2011 11:54
 

 deepwoodskev wrote:
HULK SMASH!!!!
 
{#Biggrin}  Ha! Exactly.

dynamaniak
(Ottawa Ontario Canada)
Posted: Jul 27, 2011 11:51
 

Of course this version of the song is a million times better than Rod Stewarts, just cause it's Tom, however, if a man who sounded like this was creeping me on the downtown train, I think I'd be rather afraid.  Just sayin!!  (Love you Tom!)
ziggytrix
(Dallas, TX)
Posted: Jul 27, 2011 11:50
 

My coworker just said "Sounds like Cookie Monster singing this.  Isn't the song Rod Stewart's or Bruce Springsteen's originally?"

I explained that this is the original Tom Waits version.
Paxus
(Las Vegas, NV)
Posted: May 25, 2011 8:56
 

Suddenly I wish I were back in New York... *sigh*  I love the Mojave Desert... but sometimes it's just too sunny for days like this...
Cynaera
(South of Neanderthal)
Posted: Apr 23, 2011 19:47
 

Okay - I've finally figured out why Tom Waits drives me crazy.  I love his music and his writing. Sometimes, I even love his gravelly voice, but that's also why I don't like him.  That voice is very similar to another voice in my past - attached to the hand that hit me when I didn't do something right.  Bruises were always prefaced by a husky, cigarette-shot voice raised in anger. Thank goodness I was given a chance to escape. 

Tom Waits can belt out a song, but sometimes I flash back to that time when I was married and trying so hard to be the best wife in the world... I'm fine now. I kinda wonder if my ex is even still alive - he had a knack for pissing people off. I can honestly say I wouldn't cry if I learned that he was dead.  So - Tom Waits is a double-edged sword for me. I love his perception and his words, but sometimes his voice makes me cringe inadvertently. Funny what sticks with us through time...{#Cheesygrin}
TerryS
(The other SW)
Posted: Apr 23, 2011 19:41
 

 evansdad wrote:
An icon in the music business, but he really can't sing...
 
Neither could Louis Armstrong, Leonard Cohen, Carla Bruni, Milli Vanilli and me. and your point is....?