History Music / TomWaits

25th Sep '16 8:45:06 AM rd1994
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* ''Real Gone'' (2004)
6th Sep '16 7:39:48 PM karstovich2
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* Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}}: He has his own version of Ballad #10, "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twa_Sisters The Twa Sisters]]," from his album "Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards." [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzuPT5NqXGY Take a listen]].

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* Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}}: He has his own version of Ballad #10, "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twa_Sisters The Twa Sisters]]," from his album "Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards." [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzuPT5NqXGY com/watch?v=uIipw5JOwYQ Take a listen]].
12th Aug '16 4:31:20 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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* GutturalGrowler: Does this even need to be said?

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* GutturalGrowler: Does this even need One of the most famous examples. Lampshaded at least once during an interview.
--> '''Interviewer''': How does a guy with a voice like that decide
to be said?a singer and succeed?\\
'''Waits''': It was either that or [[DeadpanSnarker a career in air conditioning and refreshment.]]



--> (Audience groans)

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--> (Audience groans)([[CollectiveGroan Audience groans]])



* {{Metaphorgotten}}: When teasing ''Bad As Me'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeTja7JXK9A he calls out people who leaked the album before its release]] by using metaphors. [[SurrealHumor Being Tom Waits,]] these metaphors somehow segue into "would it be safe to jump rope with a live electrical wire."



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* RockOperaRockOpera: ''The Black Rider'',[[labelnote:*]]Was also a musical, with Waits' music and all.[[/labelnote]] ''Blood Money'', ''Alice'', and the [[Music/{{Swordfishtrombones}} Frank's]] [[Music/RainDogs Wild]] [[Music/FranksWildYears Years]] trilogy are the most obvious examples, but he dabbles in it a lot from time to time.


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* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: Usually his music is more on the horror side, with the odd exception. If he's on a talk show or in between songs at a concert, however, he'll leap over to the comedy side with his surreal and sarcastic sense of humor.


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* SurrealHumor: One of his ''other'' specialties, especially during talk show appearances or when teasing his new albums.
7th Jul '16 5:59:38 PM Jeduthun
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* LyricalTic: Often interjects his more percussive songs with a guttural "Hah!"
17th Sep '15 4:10:28 PM gallium
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* ADateWithRosiePalms: From ''Music/NighthawksAtTheDiner'':
--> "Well usually about 2.30 in the morning you've ended up taking advantage of yourself. There ain't no way around that you know. Yeah, making a scene with a magazine, there ain't no way around. "

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: From ''Music/NighthawksAtTheDiner'':
--> "Well usually about 2.30 in the morning you've ended up taking advantage of yourself. There ain't no way around that you know. Yeah, making a scene with a magazine, there ain't no way around. "


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* ADateWithRosiePalms: From ''Music/NighthawksAtTheDiner'':
--> "Well usually about 2.30 in the morning you've ended up taking advantage of yourself. There ain't no way around that you know. Yeah, making a scene with a magazine, there ain't no way around. "


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* SuicideBySea: SubvertedTrope in "The Ocean", where a man wants to drown himself but the ocean "doesn't want [him] today" implying he's unsuccessful.
28th Aug '15 8:44:55 AM heretoeditisall
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His work can be divided into two periods, his jazzy, lounge singer period, lasting from the '70s to the early '80s, and the reinvented, experimental sound of 1983's "Music/{{Swordfishtrombones}}" album on, and his shift to a mysterious, Carnival-and-Sinister-Junkman persona. This shift was caused by his abandonment by Asylum Records and his marriage to his co-songwriter and muse Kathleen Brennan. Brennan introduced him to the music of Music/CaptainBeefheart, whose influence can be seen in "Swordfishtrombone" and later albums.

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His work can be divided into two periods, his jazzy, lounge singer period, lasting from the '70s to the early '80s, and the reinvented, experimental sound of 1983's "Music/{{Swordfishtrombones}}" album on, and his shift to a mysterious, Carnival-and-Sinister-Junkman persona. This shift was caused by his abandonment by Asylum Records Records, his breakup with Rickie Lee Jones and his marriage to his co-songwriter and muse Kathleen Brennan. Brennan introduced him to the music of Music/CaptainBeefheart, whose influence can be seen in "Swordfishtrombone" and later albums.
7th Aug '15 2:43:59 AM humanpunk
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* NewSoundAlbum: Waits' wife and collaborator Kathleen Brennan, whom he met in the early 80s, influenced a radical change of direction. ''Swordfishtrombones'' (1983) was the point at which stock descriptors such as "barfly" gave way to allusions to carnival freaks and the Devil.
6th Jul '15 2:56:35 PM MarkLungo
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* RealSongThemeTune[=/=]ThematicThemeTune: ''Series/TheWire'' uses "Way Down In The Hole". Each season with a different version - season 1 by The Blind Boys of Alabama, season 2 was Waits's original, season 3 was by The Neville Brothers, Season 4 was an R&B version by [=DoMaJe=],[[note]]A specially constructed group of UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}} middle school boys--fitting, since Season 4 focused heavily on a group of eighth graders on Baltimore's West Side.[[/note]] and season 5's version is by SteveEarle.)

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* RealSongThemeTune[=/=]ThematicThemeTune: ''Series/TheWire'' uses "Way Down In The Hole". Each season with a different version - season 1 by The Blind Boys of Alabama, season 2 was Waits's original, season 3 was by The Neville Brothers, Season 4 was an R&B version by [=DoMaJe=],[[note]]A specially constructed group of UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}} middle school boys--fitting, since Season 4 focused heavily on a group of eighth graders on Baltimore's West Side.[[/note]] and season 5's version is by SteveEarle.Music/SteveEarle.)
6th Jul '15 2:55:04 PM MarkLungo
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* RealSongThemeTune and ThematicThemeTune: ''Series/TheWire'' uses "Way Down In The Hole". Each season with a different version - season 1 by The Blind Boys of Alabama, season 2 was Waits's original, season 3 was by The Neville Brothers, Season 4 was an R&B version by [=DoMaJe=],[[note]]A specially constructed group of Baltimore middle school boys--fitting, since Season 4 focused heavily on a group of eighth graders on Baltimore's West Side.[[/note]] and season 5's version is by Steve Earle)

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* RealSongThemeTune and ThematicThemeTune: RealSongThemeTune[=/=]ThematicThemeTune: ''Series/TheWire'' uses "Way Down In The Hole". Each season with a different version - season 1 by The Blind Boys of Alabama, season 2 was Waits's original, season 3 was by The Neville Brothers, Season 4 was an R&B version by [=DoMaJe=],[[note]]A specially constructed group of Baltimore UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}} middle school boys--fitting, since Season 4 focused heavily on a group of eighth graders on Baltimore's West Side.[[/note]] and season 5's version is by Steve Earle)SteveEarle.)



* TheWindyCity: Appropriately titled song "Chicago".

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* TheWindyCity: Appropriately titled song "Chicago"."UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}".
18th May '15 7:56:21 AM Patachou
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* ''Music/BadAsMe'' (2011)



* KnifeThrowingAct: "Circus" from his 2004 album ''Real Gone'' features a knife throwing act as part of the eponymous travelling show.
--> Only once, in Sheboygan, did he miss. And he took off a miniscule portion of her ear.

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* KnifeThrowingAct: "Circus" from his 2004 album ''Real Gone'' ''Music/RealGone'' features a knife throwing act as part of the eponymous travelling show.
--> Only ''Only once, in Sheboygan, did he miss. And he took off a miniscule portion of her ear.ear''.
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