“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.”
― Tom Waits
The Best Of Tom Waits-Tom Waits Best Of Full Album 1999
Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American musician, composer, songwriter and actor. His lyrics often focus on the underbelly of society and are delivered in his trademark deep, gravelly voice. He worked primarily in jazz during the 1970s, but his music since the 1980s has reflected greater influence from blues, rock, vaudeville, and experimental genres.
“Hold On” by Tom Waits from the album ‘Mule Variations,
Waits has a distinctive voice, described by one critic 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.” With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock styles such as blues, jazz, and Vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. Waits has also worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and as a supporting actor in films, including The Fisher King, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Short Cuts. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.
Tom Waits – Hope I don’t fall in love with you
Lyrically, Waits’ songs are known for atmospheric portrayals of bizarre, seedy characters and places, although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters, despite having little radio or music video support. His songs are best known to the general public in the form of cover versions by more visible artists — for example “Jersey Girl” performed by Bruce Springsteen, “Downtown Train” performed by Rod Stewart, and “Ol’ ’55” performed by the Eagles.
The Earth Died Screaming – Tom Waits
Bone Machine 1992
Although Waits’ albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries. He has been nominated for a number of major music awards, and has won Grammy Awards for two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations.
Tom Waits – Mule Variations – full album
Here are all of Tom Waits’ Letterman appearances.
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1. December 21, 1983. Tom performs “Frank’s Wild Years,” chats with Dave, then performs another song, “The Nickel.”
2. February 6, 1986. “Tango Til They’re Sore,” chat, and “Time.”
3. October 16, 1987. Chat, then “More Than Rain.”
4. October 5, 1988. “Straight to the Top” and chat.
5. September 27, 1999. “Chocolate Jesus” and chat.
6. May 8, 2002. “All the World Is Green” and chat.
7. September 28, 2004. Chat, then “Make It Rain.”
8. November 27, 2006. Chat, then “Lie to Me.”
9. July 9, 2012. Chat, then “Chicago.”
10. May 14, 2015. Chat, then “Take One Last Look at the Place That You Are Leaving.”
Tom Waits Collection on Letterman, 1983-2015
“We are not angels, we are merely sophisticated apes.”
Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
Bob Dylan – Talkin’ World War III Blues (Live England, 1965)
And the cure?
Remove the CIA from Ukraine, suspend all U. S. sanctions and other acts of war against 50 nations and invest those trillions in securing the peace, providing people with human services and creating conditions to support a healing planet.
Then “Walk Away”
“Walk Away” by Tom Waits from the album ‘Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards’
Republicans brag and Democrats lie about spending trillions killing millions for billionaires, munitions cartels, insurance conglomerates and war-profiteers.
“Lie To Me” by Tom Waits from the album ‘Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards,’ 2006 Directed by Danny Clinch
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