History Music / TomWaits

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.
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.
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