Tom Waits is one of the most original musicians of the last five decades. Renowned for his gravelly voice and dazzling mix of musical styles, he’s also one of modern music’s most enigmatic and influential artists.
His songs have been covered by Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart and Norah Jones, among many others. But Waits has always pursued his own creative vision, with little concern for musical fashion.
In a long career of restless reinvention, from the barfly poet of his early albums to the junkyard ringmaster of Swordfishtrombones, his songs chronicle lives from the margins of American society – drifters, dreamers, hobos and hoodlums – and his music draws on a rich mix of influences, including the blues, jazz, Weimar cabaret and film noir.
Using rare archive, audio recordings and interviews, this film is a bewitching after-hours trip through the surreal, moonlit world of Waits’ music – a portrait of a pioneering musician and his unique, alternative American songbook.
Executive Producer Richard Bright
Director James Maycock
Production Manager Fiona Crawford
Production Coordinator Fiona Dorman
Editor Bradley Richards
Camera Operator Luke Finn
Interviewed Guest: Terry Gilliam, Lucinda Williams, Ian Rankin, Ed Harcourt, Ralph Carney, Bones Howe, Ute Lemper, Nitin Sawhney, Guy Garvey and Jim Sclavunos
A lot of exciting music was released in 1977, here are my 20 chosen songs.
Like a Hurricane – Neil Young
Written by Neil Young in 1975 and first released on the album American Stars ‘n Bars in 1977.
– Once I thought I saw you
in a crowded hazy bar,
Dancing on the light
from star to star.
Far across the moonbeam
I know that’s who you are,
I saw your brown eyes
turning once to fire.
Never have your wallet with you onstage. It’s bad luck. You shouldn’t play the piano with money in your pocket. Play like you need the money.
-San Francisco. September, 1987 (Bart Bull interview – SPIN Magazine) -Kind permission of Bart Bull who holds all copyrights.
There are so many wonderful Tom Waits quotes & pictures around. In this series of posts I will share some of my favourites.
The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
-Song title from the album “Small Change” (1976)
Television concert documentary from the San Remo Festival (Club Tenco), Teatro Ariston.
With Greg Cohen on upright bass. Aired on Italian television by RAI DUE. Rebroadcast in 1988.
“I’m not big on awards. They’re just a lot of headlights stapled to your chest, as Bob Dylan said. I’ve gotten only one award in my life, from a place called Club Tenco in Italy. They gave me a guitar made out of tiger-eye. Club Tenco was created as an alternative to the big San Remo Festival they have every year.
Around this time Tom Waits played 8 Times in London
from Oct 16- 1985 – Oct 24 -1985 . at Dominion Theatre.
Hosted by Jools Holland and Paula Yates. From Tyne Tees TV Studio 5, Newcastle/ UK. Performs: “16 Shells From Thirty-Ought Six”, “Cemetery Polka”, “Walking Spanish” and “In The Neighborhood”. Rebroadcast in 1994 by Tyne Tees. Shortened version rebroadcast December, 2004 in “The Best of The Tube” (info from Tom Waits Library) Continue reading “Tom Waits On The Tube TV Oct 16 1985”→