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kalowski

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Tom Waits's Best Song
« on: April 09, 2021, 10:32:46 PM »
Shameless theft from the Nick Cave thread.

It's probably post-Asylum. Maybe 16 Shells From a 30.06. But I love The Briar and the Rose. And Diamonds and Gold. Innocent When You Dream. Picture in a Frame. A Little Rain.
But maybe it is Invitation to the Blues. So from the Asylum years...

“They say that I have no hits and that I'm difficult to work with. And they say that like it's a bad thing.”


Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2021, 10:51:34 PM »
I like Kentucky Avenue, which I discovered very late onto my fandom for some reason. I also really love You Can Never Hold Back Spring.

kalowski

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2021, 10:54:04 PM »
I like Kentucky Avenue, which I discovered very late onto my fandom for some reason. I also really love You Can Never Hold Back Spring.
Two fucking crackers. Good choices.

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2021, 11:41:48 PM »
Long Way Home? Fuck there’s too many bangers.

Similar to Cave, there’s a bit of an “Old Testament”/“New Testament” thing as well.

Will have a think and post something once more organized.

Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2021, 07:16:25 AM »
November from the Black Rider.

 My personal fave that isn't often talked about

kalowski

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2021, 07:59:16 AM »
November from the Black Rider.

 My personal fave that isn't often talked about
I was listening to November when I decided to start the thread. Love everything about that song, about the whole album, in fact.


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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2021, 09:01:43 AM »
Burma-Shave

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2021, 09:24:33 AM »
Very hard to pick just one, but I'll go for 16 Shells From a 30.06. Not only one of my favourites, it reminds me of visiting a girl in Belgium who would play it again and again. I knew a bit of Waits material before, but that's when I fell in love.

Very fond of Goin Out West too.

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2021, 09:33:41 AM »
Kentucky Avenue
Small Change
A Little Rain
If I Have to Go
Take It With Me
House Where Nobody Lives
I’m Still Here
Shore Leave
Rains on Me
Johnsburg, Illinois
Dirt in the Ground
Anywhere I Lay My Head
Red Shoes by the Drugstore
Who Are You
Singapore
Hoist That Rag
Never Let Go

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2021, 09:50:56 AM »
Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis from his earlier period, and probably Johnsburg, Illinois or Sixteen Shells From a 30.06 from his latter.

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2021, 10:42:13 AM »
That growly one.

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2021, 12:40:48 PM »
Tom Traubert's Blues. So many good words there.

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2021, 05:02:31 PM »
So many great mentions on here. I’ve been a huge fan of his for years and know pretty much all of his work reasonably well. I’ve just found a new appreciation for On The Nickle

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2021, 06:07:36 PM »

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2021, 06:17:55 PM »
Jockey Full of Bourbon

Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2021, 06:18:49 PM »
Hmmm, I'm going to say (Looking for the) Heart of Saturday Night for now, but Jockey Full of Bourbon and Day After Tomorrow are up there too.

Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2021, 07:17:22 PM »
So many great mentions on here. I’ve been a huge fan of his for years and know pretty much all of his work reasonably well. I’ve just found a new appreciation for On The Nickle

There's footage from the BBC from I guess the late 70s of Tom doing a set I think just after Blue Valentine came out; early performance of On the Nickle.  Much nicer version as well, I really don't get on with Heartattack and Vine's production.

Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2021, 07:18:36 PM »
Tom Traubert's Blues. So many good words there.

"Cream puff casper milque toast" sticks in my mind from The Piano Has Been Drinking

Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2021, 07:19:33 PM »
On second thoughts - All the World is Green from Blood Money

Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2021, 09:14:15 PM »
Alice for me, it sounds like a film noir detective luring himself to his own certain death.

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2021, 09:15:08 PM »
Alice for me, it sounds like a film noir detective luring himself to his own certain death.

Foreign Affairs is my favourite Waits record for much the same reason.

Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2021, 09:30:47 PM »
Foreign Affairs is my favourite Waits record for much the same reason.

Mine too, in terms of the early smoother sounding records. Off that one, I'd say the love song to Muriel Gray[1], 'Muriel' is my favourite.

Most of my faves have been mentioned already, but I'll also throw in 'Yesterday Is Here', which I don't think has been mentioned yet.

Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis from his earlier period, and probably Johnsburg, Illinois or Sixteen Shells From a 30.06 from his latter.

Also this song was the one that got me into Tom Waits, when I first heard it on Consolevania when they used it in the end credits of their Christmas episode from series 1.
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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2021, 09:52:27 PM »

Probably alone on this one as it's not really a song, more a spoken word piece, but I fucking love "What's He Building In There" from Mule Variations.


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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2021, 10:09:58 PM »
I've yet to delve into his records, but I saw him live in (checks google, Jesus, was it 2008?? WHERE DID MAI LAIF GO). Bloody marvellous concert. "God's Away On Business" was a standout, that line about "always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby" rattled around my head for days.

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2021, 10:32:41 PM »
Probably gonna get a load of derison from people who like Waits a lot more than I do but I really like OI' 55.

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #26 on: April 10, 2021, 10:35:14 PM »
Probably alone on this one as it's not really a song, more a spoken word piece, but I fucking love "What's He Building In There" from Mule Variations.

His output is so extensive, I think that’s the first mention of the excellent Mule Variations in the thread.

Must do some relistening.

kalowski

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2021, 11:54:19 PM »
His output is so extensive, I think that’s the first mention of the excellent Mule Variations in the thread.

Must do some relistening.
I put Picture in a Frame in the opening post. I love Mule Variations.
I see four periods of Waits: The early Asylum records as he found his voice. Late period Asylum: Small Change to Heart Attack. The peerless Island years, especially the trilogy, but none of those albums are bad, and the underrated Anti years, which includes the brilliant Alice and the oft forgotten Real Gone. I do think Bad As Me is a weaker effort, but it still has some great tracks, like the title track and Satisfaction ("Mr Jagger! And Mr Richards!")

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Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2021, 12:38:50 AM »
I put Picture in a Frame in the opening post.

You did, but to be fair I couldn’t have told you what record that came off (thought it was Brawlers...), so I’m saved via my own ignorance.

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I love Mule Variations.
I see four periods of Waits: The early Asylum records as he found his voice. Late period Asylum: Small Change to Heart Attack. The peerless Island years, especially the trilogy, but none of those albums are bad, and the underrated Anti years, which includes the brilliant Alice and the oft forgotten Real Gone. I do think Bad As Me is a weaker effort, but it still has some great tracks, like the title track and Satisfaction ("Mr Jagger! And Mr Richards!")

I’d agree with this also. Real Gone is excellent.

Re: Tom Waits's Best Song
« Reply #29 on: April 11, 2021, 01:07:45 AM »
I love the starkness of "Dead And Lovely" from Real Gone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxCZC5dF8D8

Kind-of disappointed that they've cleaned up the murkiness of the sound on the remaster though(even added some extra stuff like the horns on Hoist That Rag), the distinctly lo-fi grunginess of it was a big part of the appeal for me.

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