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YMMV: Tom Waits
  • Covered Up: Happens to him all the time. "Downtown Train" seems to be the most popular cover choice.
  • Crazy Awesome: Sums up just about anything he's ever produced since the eighties.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: A few examples, but Hoist That Rag stands out.
  • Genius Bonus: One of his songs, Come on Up To The House, references Thomas Hobbes' 17th century book Leviathan, a treatise on political philosophy. Not exactly a summer beach read.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The interpretations of "Poor Edward." The song is actually about exactly what it sounds like.
  • Older Than They Think: The gravelly voice used by Rowlf the Dog has been described as a Tom Waits impression — although Waits was only 13 when Rowlf debuted.
  • Paranoia Fuel: "What's He Building In There?", "Buzz Fledderjohn", "Don't Go Into that Barn", and at least two thirds of both Bone Machine and Blood Money.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The similarities between "Step Right Up" and a Frito-Lay ad jingle caused a bit of a legal stir between Tom and the company.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: The subject of "Kentucky Ave." is revealed to be one in the last verse.

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