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Tom Waits?

Postby FrodiusMaximus » Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:49 pm

Is anyone here a Tom Waits fan, besides me? I think he's an amazing songwriter, and very talented musician, but no one seems to appreciate him (must be that voice).

I was just curious as to whether anyone here listens to him.
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Postby eowyn of ithilien » Fri Oct 06, 2006 2:30 pm

i have to admit i've never heard of him, but if you think he's worth checking out i'm always eager to try new music. what sort of stuff does he write? anyone you can draw any comparisons with?
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Postby FrodiusMaximus » Fri Oct 06, 2006 2:46 pm

I think Tom Waits kind of falls into his own category of music. He's been a major influence on all sorts of artists, but his stuff is ... it's just weird. I love it, but many people are quickly turned off by it.

In terms of songwriting, he's somewhat comparable to Bob Dylan, but, musically, he comes from more of a jazz kind of background.
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Postby A_Simple_Poet » Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:00 pm

What is it, the Mule Variations? :lol:

I love "What's He Building", great poem/ song. I agree, he is very talented. I actually like his more blusey material and I suppose I am a minor fan because he is rather underground. I expect this thread won't get much run though because we may be the only two here who have heard of him! :(
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Postby eowyn of ithilien » Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:48 am

well, i adore bob dylan and i love jazz and anything weird generally gets my vote, so it sounds like i should check him out. as soon as i get some more money on i-tunes i will, then maybe you won't be the only two fans
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Postby FrodiusMaximus » Sat Oct 07, 2006 5:28 am

Excellent. He really is one of my favorites.
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Postby eowyn of ithilien » Sat Oct 07, 2006 8:19 am

ok, update - being a student, i'm too skint to put any money on my itunes account right now (nooooooooo!!!) but i did go onto the itunes store and listen to the 30 second previews of some of his songs and i really really liked the little i heard of him, so thankyou very much for the reccomendation.
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Postby FrodiusMaximus » Sun Oct 08, 2006 4:49 am

You're welcome!
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Postby shadowcat » Tue Oct 10, 2006 9:19 pm

Make that 3 !!

It's because of that voice that I love him! and his song writing.
Bone Machine is one of my favs. did you ever see Big Time? seems to be out of "print' have it on VHS would love to get it on DVD He paints with his words and I get lost in the worlds he shows me.

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Postby Durins_Day » Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:05 pm

SQUAW!!!?!

Fear not! There are some who have heard of and adore old Tom.
Well...I'm not sure why you would be fearing, but your post was in mortal danger so I came to resurect?
I can't say enough about this guy, I was listening to Rain Dogs the other day and was happy.
Tom Waits on my favorite artsists list? Definitely yes!
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Postby Mumakil » Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:55 am

Hehe!

Not as underground as he may seem to be, but quite underestimated, he is.

I place him high up with the likes of Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Mark Knopfler, for the inspiration and capacity to convey strong as well as subtle emotions in his songwriting. His universe is very consistent, and listening to him is like walking into your familiar pub. You get it all: the smells, the sounds, the over-the-shoulder looks of the patrons...
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Postby Durins_Day » Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:12 pm

Hello Mumakil! Nice to meet someone with such excellent taste!

I absolutely agree with you, listening to Tom takes you places.
Heh, I often use Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan as references to him for people not in the know.
Only his voice is much scratchier...even when he was young.

Someone once described his voice to me like this....

Q: How do you get a voice like Tom Waits?
A: A lifetime of hard liquor, smoking and heartbreak.


:D
I think it fits!
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Postby Mumakil » Sat Mar 10, 2007 3:47 am

That is quite what I think he would answer himself.

Add to the list of singers he can unashemedly compare with: Johnny Cash.

Tom is the guy you'd find talking love words to his beer, surrounded by almost sirupy smoke, with his knuckles still raw from the last brawl he caused. But the landlord lets him sit there, 'cause the pub would feel cold as a grave if he went away.

My dream blues band: Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Personne. That would rock!
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Postby A_Simple_Poet » Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:22 pm

My dream blues band: Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Personne. That would rock!


Don't forget Clapton's guitar. But Waits is the best musician around. :shock:
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Postby Arwen740 » Mon May 05, 2008 8:13 pm

I love Tom Waits. I first heard of him in the late 70s. I think I saw him perform on either the Mike Douglas or Merv Griffith show. I call it street poetry. He so exquisitely paints a unique picture of the seedy underside of the alleyways.
I was asked recently to write lyrics in his style for a melody. It was really fun though I don't think it was anywhere as good as his stuff. I sorta dared myself to do it.
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