History Music / TomWaits

22nd Mar '18 7:11:22 PM I-Teleported-Bread
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* CoveredUp: Waits' own recordings have never made the charts, but Music/RodStewart's cover of "Downtown Train" went to #3. Music/BruceSpringsteen's cover of "Jersey Girl" was only released as a B-side, but got lots of radio airplay and is more associated with him than with Waits.
1st Jan '18 7:51:33 PM nombretomado
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He has also acted in several films, notably ''Film/CoffeeAndCigarettes'' as himself, ''Film/DownByLaw'' as a radio DJ who gets framed, ''Film/MysteryMen'' as a MadScientist, ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' as [[TheRenfield Renfield]], and ''Film/WristcuttersALoveStory'' as Kneller, whose dog is missing. He plays Mr. Nick (the Devil) in ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'', which also happens to be HeathLedger's last film, and he was a bird named Virgil in Rosto A.D.'s ''MonsterOfNix''. He also played one of the eponymous ''Film/SevenPsychopaths''.

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He has also acted in several films, notably ''Film/CoffeeAndCigarettes'' as himself, ''Film/DownByLaw'' as a radio DJ who gets framed, ''Film/MysteryMen'' as a MadScientist, ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' as [[TheRenfield Renfield]], and ''Film/WristcuttersALoveStory'' as Kneller, whose dog is missing. He plays Mr. Nick (the Devil) in ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'', which also happens to be HeathLedger's Creator/HeathLedger's last film, and he was a bird named Virgil in Rosto A.D.'s ''MonsterOfNix''. He also played one of the eponymous ''Film/SevenPsychopaths''.
29th Sep '17 7:20:40 PM dlchen145
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With that out of the way, Tom Waits is an innovative musician, generally classified as [[AlternativeRock Alternative]], but borrowing heavily from European and American folk music, gospel, lounge music, pop, the blues, cabaret, and occasionally country and even rap (he beatboxes on the 2004 album ''Real Gone'' and Atmosphere's ''When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold'', and he appears on N.A.S.A's "Spacious Thoughts").

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With that out of the way, Tom Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an innovative musician, generally classified as [[AlternativeRock Alternative]], but borrowing heavily from European and American folk music, gospel, lounge music, pop, the blues, cabaret, and occasionally country and even rap (he beatboxes on the 2004 album ''Real Gone'' and Atmosphere's ''When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold'', and he appears on N.A.S.A's "Spacious Thoughts").
5th Sep '17 7:04:47 PM gfrequency
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* NosyNeighbor: "What's He Building In There?", described by Waits as "a story of the neighbor we all become."
19th Jun '17 7:32:29 AM jormis29
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* SopranoAndGravel: Pretty much any time he performs a duet, probably most notably with Bette Midler and Crystal Gayle.

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* SopranoAndGravel: Pretty much any time he performs a duet, probably most notably with Bette Midler Music/BetteMidler and Crystal Gayle.
10th Jun '17 9:44:57 AM nombretomado
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* TheWindyCity: Appropriately titled song "UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}".
30th May '17 7:06:23 AM HulkingChevon
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** "Everything Goes to Hell" and "God's Away on Business" from his version of ''Woyzeck'' and its soundtrack album, ''Blood Money''

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** "Everything Goes to Hell" and "God's Away on Business" from his version of ''Woyzeck'' and its soundtrack album, ''Blood Money''Money''.
* VocalEvolution: His trademark harsh style wasn't exactly what he started with, but he quickly began to adopt it after his first two albums in '73 and '74.



* VocalEvolution: His trademark harsh style wasn't exactly what he started with, but he quickly began to adopt it after his first two albums in '73 and '74.
30th May '17 7:05:39 AM HulkingChevon
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* VocalEvolution: His trademark harsh style wasn't exactly what he started with, but he quickly began to adopt it after his first two albums in '73 and '74.
16th Mar '17 4:03:42 PM DrNoPuma
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* CreepyJazzMusic: He is an interesting case: he started off as a straight-up jazz crooner/pianist who just happened to have a [[GutturalGrowler husky voice]]. Then, in the early eighties, he married Kathleen Brennan, who introduced him to Beefheart. Once he heard that, he decided to adapt those musical ideas to his existing sound, leading to such classics like "[[Music/TheBlackRider Oily Night]]", "[[Music/{{Swordfishtrombones}} Dave the Butcher]]", "[[Music/BadAsMe Hell Broke Luce]]", and "[[Music/MuleVariations What's He Building in There?]]", among others. However, some of his ''creepiest'' songs eschew the jazz elements entirely.
11th Mar '17 12:30:24 PM thelivingtoad
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* CoveredUp: Waits' own recordings have never made the charts, but Music/RodStewart's cover of "Downbound Train" went to #3. Music/BruceSpringsteen's cover of "Jersey Girl" was only released as a B-side, but got lots of radio airplay and is more associated with him than with Waits.

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* CoveredUp: Waits' own recordings have never made the charts, but Music/RodStewart's cover of "Downbound "Downtown Train" went to #3. Music/BruceSpringsteen's cover of "Jersey Girl" was only released as a B-side, but got lots of radio airplay and is more associated with him than with Waits.
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