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Old 02-01-2010, 05:00 PM   #16
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yeah, maybe it would be better with headphones. i'm listening on my living room stereo, and his voice is just overwhelming. i know someone said earlier to try to let his voice blend in. i guess that worked with The National. we'll see...
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:41 PM   #17
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Start with early Tom. He used to have a cool voice. This is the Tom Waits I fell in love with:

YouTube - Tom Waits - On The Nickel (Live 1978)
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:15 PM   #18
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Martha is a classic too, as I'm sure you're aware.

I told you to go chronologically, Mikal. There's a reason Waits himself had to build up to the level of experimentation heard on Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs.
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:24 PM   #19
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Oh yeah.
 
I am still waiting for the ex-boyfriend to discover that song which I put on some mixes for him.


I agree with going chrono. I started at the beginning with Closing Time. It's probably still my favorite along with Heart of Saturday Night and Heartattack and Vine.
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:06 AM   #20
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I started with Franks Wild Years, since that one is so cinematic (Way Down in the Hole is quite famous among fans of The Wire, arguably the greatest TV show ever, Innocent When You Dream was used in a wonderful little sequence in Wayne Wang's Smoke, while Cold Cold Ground - my favorite Waits track so far - has been used in one of the most memorable closing scenes of the cult TV show Homicide: Life on the Street). So, my connection with Waits started with film, and that record as a first was no disappointment.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:33 AM   #21
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I should have mentioned that I totally didn't get into Rain Dogs until I'd been listening to his other material for some time. I actually think the early material or Mule Variations provide the easiest entry.
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Old 02-06-2010, 05:26 PM   #22
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rain dogs rules.

i hear there's a tom waits song in some commercial on tv. i mocked the crap out of my friend who texted me this (called him a pretentious bastard or something for actually caring), and he hasn't gotten back to me what product is being hawked. but, for those of you who might care about such things...
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