Tell me about Tom Waits

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Orang Utan, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. Madusa

    Madusa Baller

  2. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Anyone heard his duet with Mariah Carey?
    (Tom Waits, not El Jefe)
  3. El Jefe

    El Jefe .. the Rural Juror

    You sure?
  4. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    I think we should all start calling you Brucey then.
  5. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    I've just been having a little internet search and found something called Lollipop Man, which claims to be by Mariah Carey and Tom Waits:eek:
  6. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    "It helps that much of our source material is really obscure. By far the most popular MP3 on our downloads page is Lollipop Man, a song we've comedically mislabelled as being a duet by Mariah Carey and Tom Waits. It's actually from a 1970s album of road safety material that nobody will recognise. Maybe Carey's people could sue, but it'd be tough to call."
  7. brianx

    brianx New Member

    The Orpahans compilation he brought out a couple of years ago "Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards" is fantastic Long Way Home is one of my Desert Island Disks when Kirsty gives me a call. SwordfishTrombones is my favourite album and In the Neighbourhood always gets me blubbing after a couple of bottles of wine.
  8. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Of course he is.

    The boy was born to run.
  9. Madusa

    Madusa Baller

    ah, but was he born in the USA? :hmm:
  10. goldenecitrone

    goldenecitrone ubi sunt

    Tom Waits is pretty good but I prefer Bonnie Prince Billy any day. :cool:
  11. xenon

    xenon Carne Por la Machina

    What radio show was that OU?
  12. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    It was on Purple radio I think - not sure what show it was, but if you join, you'll be able to find it.
  13. fogbat

    fogbat The Talibum

    Radio Savage Houndy Beasty, I think.

    e2a: Sorry, was referring to the "Lollipop Man" track being played and attributed to Mariah Carey / Tom Waits.
    edited again, to add: Well worth a listen :cool:
  14. xenon

    xenon Carne Por la Machina

    Cool. Will have a look. Ta.

    He's sort of passed me by. Think I found his voice a little annoying. Worth looking into again it seems.
  15. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Yep, in Nebraska. :)
  16. HarrisonSlade

    HarrisonSlade say NO to the vaccine

    What songs spung to your imagination, because his work is diverse.
  17. The Groke

    The Groke hot hail/Paging Dr. Beat

    Seems an odd comparison.

    I mean, I like Waits and I love Will Oldham but I can't imagine using them in the same sentence together, unless that sentence began: "Will Oldham, unlike Tom Waits......."


    I guess they are both Male, singer-songwriters.....
  18. HarrisonSlade

    HarrisonSlade say NO to the vaccine

    But goldenecitrone's smiley has got shades, therefore making him cooler for listening to Will "Bonnie Prince Billy" Oldham (I used both his names in the same space. Do I get more cred points, like in the SIms?)
  19. goldenecitrone

    goldenecitrone ubi sunt

    It's a personal thing. I didn't really like either of them at first, but they've grown on me over the years. And I still don't actually own any Waits but have got quite a few of Will Oldham's albums now. His words just appeal to me more for some reason. His bleakness seems more beautiful.
  20. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Pretty much all of them, as I mentioned earlier
  21. mistere

    mistere I invented lurking!

    Can I just gloat massively and say that I saw Tom Waits live last night in Edinburgh!

    Best. Gig. Ever.
  22. boing!

    boing! hairy cheese eater

  23. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Tom Waits is not dead yet. Something to be glad about in these dark times, just saying.
  24. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    i have tried waits so many times, but the "i'm just a lonesome hobo, sat at the bar, singing da blues" thing just irritates me. he came from a really comfortable middle class background but to listen to him you'd think he'd traveled the 'ol carnivals, going from town to town. just something really irritatingly inauthentic about him.

    Hold On is a Masterpiece though.
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  25. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    Yeh... he's got a few Tunes though.

    Edit: maybe I find this one fine because he's very definitely playing a character role, rather than it being a fake persona ifyswim
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017
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  26. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. My Father Got the Shipfitter Blues..


    A recent photo for a mag cover.
  27. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    He's always playing a character role. I've never understood people (Peel included) who don't see it as musical theatre and deride him for not being 'for real' enough.

    Actually though, I think Pay Me is possibly his most straightforwardly moving song. It proper makes me cry every time I hear it.
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  28. Ponyutd

    Ponyutd Greebo likes this....r.i.p.

    If I could listen to him for more than thirty seconds, maybe I could form an opinion.
    It sounds like he's taking the piss and getting away with it.
  29. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    If a posh friend of mine started pretending his was from that old dust bowl, playing da blues before hitching that lonesome freight train outta here with the waitress from some dime store cringe. I do the same with waits. I think its that he chooses the same twee Americana cliches again and again when clearly hes just another middle class intellectual creative (nothing wrong with that).
  30. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    I love I'm Still Here, though.

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