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ladron
(:O)
Posted: Dec 27, 2017 18:40
 

 rpdevotee wrote:
Back when Tom Waits had a voice...
I think that cigarette in his mouth might be telling
 
I think he intentionally adopted the style and people responded well to it so it became his thing.

I like him a lot, but personally, I would rather he backed off the gravelly shtick.
AnchorMan
(number 8)
Posted: Oct 13, 2017 7:36
 

 hayduke2 wrote:

dude that's Madeline Kahn ; )

 

She looks tired!
fraserji
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 18:36
 

Uncanny. Out for a motorcycle ride today with this song was going through my head and now it's on RP. How did Bill
know that? 
rpdevotee
(San Jose, CA)
Posted: Jul 13, 2017 10:09
 

Back when Tom Waits had a voice...
I think that cigarette in his mouth might be telling
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Jun 28, 2017 12:31
 

 zedstation wrote:
1974?...isn't that Madonna on the cover?

 
dude that's Madeline Kahn ; )
lizardking
(about an 11 hour drive south to Paradise)
Posted: Apr 28, 2017 13:55
 

 maxvonevil wrote:
Wow, Waits post Betty Ford?
Sure, the regular smokehouse/whiskeybarrel/traffic accident voice has it's own, ahem...properties, however you can actually listen to this without having to simultaneously run your nails over a blackboard to offset the audio trauma.
Proclivities wrote:

"Waits post Betty Ford"?  This is from his second album, from 1974, when he was likely drinking and smoking pretty heavily, and before his voice took on its more commonly-known characteristics.  Before he slept in the stable and woke up a little hoarse.

 
Pre or Post Ford clinic, you both made me laugh with this one.  And (without looking) I'm guessing this is his highest rated song at 8+

Peace, Love, RocknRoll, Drugs and Sex and Happiness in whatever order!


Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Jan 26, 2017 13:44
 

 maxvonevil wrote:
Wow, Waits post Betty Ford?
Sure, the regular smokehouse/whiskeybarrel/traffic accident voice has it's own, ahem...properties, however you can actually listen to this without having to simultaneously run your nails over a blackboard to offset the audio trauma.

 
"Waits post Betty Ford"?  This is from his second album, from 1974, when he was likely drinking and smoking pretty heavily, and before his voice took on its more commonly-known characteristics.  Before he slept in the stable and woke up a little hoarse.
maxvonevil
(Sausalito, CA)
Posted: Nov 26, 2016 6:59
 

Wow, Waits post Betty Ford?
Sure, the regular smokehouse/whiskeybarrel/traffic accident voice has it's own, ahem...properties, however you can actually listen to this without having to simultaneously run your nails over a blackboard to offset the audio trauma.
djblitz
(Boston, MA)
Posted: Nov 10, 2016 12:25
 

After tons of listens on RP from this one, I'm bumping it up to the 10 it deserves since the emotion of it got to me this last time. 
zedstation
Posted: Aug 24, 2016 15:09
 

1974?...isn't that Madonna on the cover?
NoEnzLefttoSplit
Posted: Apr 19, 2016 2:00
 

 2020sk wrote:
Despite the crass rhyme of neon buzzin with second cousin this is about as close to a painting as a song can get, ain't it?

 
nice way of putting it. yep. 
hbs47
(SE England)
Posted: Apr 19, 2016 1:57
 

WOW! an almost listenable TW song!
Inshallah
Posted: Mar 25, 2016 9:41
 

God

 
spacemoose
Posted: Dec 30, 2015 1:35
 

Damn the nostalgia this evokes.  I feel old.
rocklandlove
(Hudson Valley, New York)
Posted: Apr 22, 2015 21:09
 

The Bard of Sonoma County!
2020sk
Posted: Feb 18, 2015 13:57
 

Despite the crass rhyme of neon buzzin with second cousin this is about as close to a painting as a song can get, ain't it?
NCEyeballKid
(In the heart of saturday night)
Posted: Feb 03, 2015 5:46
 

An obvious 10 for me

 
averybadcat
(planet of the aged)
Posted: Nov 01, 2014 10:55
 

 ick wrote:

Old soul.

 
1. Old soul, scary bukowsquiesque soul. But beautiful mouse pad—thanks for the photo.
2. What is he building in  there? 
3. Big Time brought new meaning to the psychedelic concert film. 
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Oct 16, 2014 10:34
 

 Cynaera wrote:
I first heard this as a remake by Shawn Colvin, and I loved it - until I heard the original.  Now, Colvin's version seems lame and unemotional...  Another reason why I'm a purist - most times, the originals are the best, most honest, most true...
 
miss you so much, Cynaera...

everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...  can't speak for Madam Blue...

Good riddance, Mister Green. 
Will62
Posted: Jul 30, 2014 21:11
 

Sublime - still think 'Swordfish Trombones' is perhaps his best
govna
(beantown)
Posted: Jun 13, 2014 8:13
 

Just hearing this brings me back to a time that I wasn't even in.
Grammarcop
(Detroit is that way. Canada is the other.)
Posted: Mar 27, 2014 4:19
 

The heart of Saturday night? Gotta work my way through the spleen of Thursday morning first. 
Ptijoc
(FRANCE)
Posted: Mar 11, 2014 3:36
 

For god sakes more of Tom Waits on RP! Please...
hencini
Posted: Feb 07, 2014 8:50
 

Bill plays at least one cover of this song. Hearing the original reminds me of how tremendous this song can be. 

And man, he sounds so *young* here.......  
ick
(...out of the primordial ooze)
Posted: Feb 07, 2014 8:50
 

 melzabutch wrote:







       

 
Old soul.
jetman209
Posted: Jan 06, 2014 12:07
 

Was most fortunate to see him live in a small club in SF years ago.
"diamonds on the windshield" of life....

GREAT SOUND..
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Sep 02, 2013 12:03
 

 michaelc wrote:
I have the sudden need for a drink.

 
yessiree, and a smoke and some raspy good stories (jeesh, I'ma lifelong non-smoker)
michaelc
(Walnut Creek, CA)
Posted: Jul 17, 2013 16:03
 

a filipino box spring hog ?

TuneAgeWhereWoof wrote:
Good ol' Tom doesn't have to pander to anyone...  cuz he's independently wealthy.  I'm just glad he is one of the rare, bad asses who uses it for good.  I'd party with him on any given summer night, roast a pig and let it flow
 
My fantasy dinner party invite list definitely has Tom on it. I'll sit him next to Angelo Badalamenti 

oldsaxon wrote:

My fantasy dinner party invite list definitely has Tom on it. I'll sit him next to Angelo Badalamenti

 


michaelc
(Walnut Creek, CA)
Posted: Jul 17, 2013 16:00
 

I have the sudden need for a drink.
jbunniii
(San Jose, CA)
Posted: Jul 17, 2013 15:58
 

Beautiful and timeless. Hard to believe he was only 25 when this was released.
melzabutch
(From Oz To the Eastern Shore MD)
Posted: Jul 01, 2013 9:53
 








       
oldfart48
(boulder creek ca.)
Posted: Jun 15, 2013 20:05
 

no mater how bad you think his voice is,not only does he wright Dylan quality songs, he sounds better than squeal young any day of any week...................leonard choen is another great one..........{#Yes}
kcar
Posted: Jun 15, 2013 19:54
 

 kingart wrote:
In that sad, upbeat, melancholy, hopeful way particular to so much music of the '70s. 

 
Excellent observation. Interesting to hear a young Tom actually trying to sing instead of bellowing like a half-deaf wino. 
unclehud
(now 50 feet above the planet in Boston)
Posted: Apr 13, 2013 17:22
 

A poet with a voice that sounds like 5 miles of rutted dirt road.  He's magnificent.  Wouldn't surprise me if the cover art is a photo of him as a young man, blitzed outside an anonymous lounge on a Saturday night ... looking.
spigolli
(Peachtree City, GA, USA)
Posted: Feb 25, 2013 6:58
 

 darcand wrote:

Fell for that too.

djblitz wrote:
I was looking for Springsteen all along, lol whoops!
 
 
Tom Waits minus heart minus soul plus unwarranted success = Springsteen
darcand
(Montréal)
Posted: Feb 09, 2013 22:01
 

 Fell for that too.

djblitz wrote:
I was looking for Springsteen all along, lol whoops!
 


Athyrius
Posted: Jan 09, 2013 19:37
 

 MrRedwood wrote:
The man is a god.
 
God of Shite... for sure
rivermantengo
(NYC)
Posted: Nov 07, 2012 20:11
 

The best.
MrRedwood
(San Francisco)
Posted: Oct 22, 2012 22:28
 

The man is a god.
oldsaxon
(Wales via Vancouver, BC.)
Posted: Oct 07, 2012 10:56
 

 TuneAgeWhereWoof wrote:
Good ol' Tom doesn't have to pander to anyone...  cuz he's independently wealthy.  I'm just glad he is one of the rare, bad asses who uses it for good.  I'd party with him on any given summer night, roast a pig and let it flow
 
My fantasy dinner party invite list definitely has Tom on it. I'll sit him next to Angelo Badalamenti
ziakut
(Right Here)
Posted: Aug 05, 2012 10:15
 

I suppose when I'm 87 years old...if I live that long...I'll hum this tune to myself, while drinking booze from a paper bag in an alley. How optimistic!!
djblitz
(Boston, MA)
Posted: Jul 20, 2012 12:19
 

I was looking for Springsteen all along, lol whoops!
shellyn1
(Washington DC)
Posted: Jul 20, 2012 12:05
 

My favorite Tom Waits song... and that is saying a lot!
TuneAgeWhereWoof
Posted: Jun 18, 2012 23:42
 

Good ol' Tom doesn't have to pander to anyone...  cuz he's independently wealthy.  I'm just glad he is one of the rare, bad asses who uses it for good.  I'd party with him on any given summer night, roast a pig and let it flow
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: May 02, 2012 10:30
 

In that sad, upbeat, melancholy, hopeful way particular to so much music of the '70s. 
Stingray
("ANONYMOUS INTERNET")
Posted: May 02, 2012 10:27
 

Down by the law of your sound, Tommy!

All grandfathers in my therapy-room like this song!


On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Mar 31, 2012 17:26
 

 Dahnyul wrote:
Well spoken.  I agree, Tom is Tom. He is not affecting any style, he is not trying to be anything.  He is who he is, and he is fully authentic.  Like him, or don't, but I do agree it would be a mistake for anyone to think Mr. Waits is affecting a syle.
 
Thirded. Tom is a true original and he doesn't pander to anyone.
Dahnyul
Posted: Feb 13, 2012 0:56
 

 Proclivities wrote:

Did you ever hear him speak?  He's got a pretty gravely voice, perhaps from smoking for many years.  If you don't like Tom Waits' vocal stylizations, that's your opinion, but "stylizations" are, by definition, something "put on for effect".  Plenty of folks do not like the way he sings, but that's his style or character, and it conveys a great deal of feeling and emotion - particularly in songs such as "Ruby's Arms" or "Muriel".  He's been professionally writing, recording, and singing music for almost forty years, and apparently that's the way he wants to sing.

 

Well spoken.  I agree, Tom is Tom. He is not affecting any style, he is not trying to be anything.  He is who he is, and he is fully authentic.  Like him, or don't, but I do agree it would be a mistake for anyone to think Mr. Waits is affecting a syle.

Danno
whomhow
(changeable)
Posted: Jan 28, 2012 8:45
 

Great lyrics, great song, great voice. 9.
kaybee
(Lost in the Wilds of Toronto)
Posted: Nov 09, 2011 18:17
 

 yodasan_magoo wrote:


Same here, I heard Bill announce Tom Waits and as I frantically looked for the mute button the song started.  This is good...what the heck happened to his voice on his later recordings? 

 
Yes, I'm one of the many who respect Tom Waits, but haven't yet acquired a taste for his voice  {#Smile}, but this is nice.  His lyrics are trenchant, as always.