History Music / TomWaits

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.
19th Feb '17 10:51:36 AM bt8257
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In 2011, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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In 2011, he He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Fame in 2011.
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."



* RockOpera

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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.
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