Tom's Diner (4:33)

Cover of Solitude Standing

From Solitude Standing and 51 other releases

“Tom’s Diner” is an a cappella pop song written in 1981 by American singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega. It was first released as a track on the January 1984 issue of Fast Folk Musical Magazine[1]. The first time it was featured on any of her own studio albums was as the first track of her own Solitude Standing album in 1987. It was not until the a cappella track was used as the basis for a popular remix by the British group The DNA Disciples, in 1990 that the song became a popular hit. The 1991 release Tom’s Album includes the DNA version as well as cover versions by such artists as After One, (Chicago-based band) Canasta, and “Bingo Hand Job” (a/k/a R.E.M. and Billy Bragg).


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  • Nochek


    30 Jun 5:37pm Reply
  • BurningUp98

    Britney's cover is worth to listen

    30 Jun 5:46am Reply
  • iamvm


    13 Feb 1:56am Reply
  • hein-duck-dich

    still ♥ it

    14 Jan 8:54am Reply
  • chibinovachan

    This is one song that I actually do prefer the remix. The a Capella thing just doesn't have the same appeal....

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Dlartrisky

    Fall Out Boy brought me here. Such memories regarding this track btw, the "do do do" part I remember from a comic award show's 2007 edition where five dudes dressed as ladies and sang the parody of Weird Al Yankovic's "Polka Your Eyes Out". Should say this in "Polka Your Eyes Out" shoutbox but since it's once again thanks to Fall Out Boy's newest single, I was looking forward to remember this song and here goes.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • nitty_look

    It was the hit in the school disco at elementary school :) Good old days!

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • tomfarcie

    1996 !!! Maybe older? Hard to believe!

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • sowrongitsdavid

    Well fall out boy sampled the song to their new song Centuries

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • KConn3711

    great song, but the remix is a killer track.

    23 Aug 2014 Reply
  • secondbench

    i prefer remix

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • headey

    17 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Sarinijha

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • headey

    spotify:track:0glCMNAXevOJ2AlVB0NrCt 'Close Up Vol 2...' remix also scrobbles here. ~~~~

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • headey

    But when I play this on the lastfm page using the spotify player it always picks up the 3:47 'Troe 90s' 'Suzanne Vega, DNA' track :( spotify:track:0Ww1dujmNHu8mcxLnhCAB3

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • headey

    ! but also DNA 'True 90s' 3:47

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • headey

    The Spotify 3:23 'Live at the Stephen Talkhouse' (with rhythmic clapping -good) also scrobbles to here. This is a bit confusing.

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • headey

    New!! Feb2014 -Spotify stream seems to be her pure a cappella 2:12&2:15 versions. Lovely.

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • M195000

    Oh beta version!.....? o_O

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • headeynyp

    Current stream starts with strings then mainly double bass. Clever & might be ok on its own but it spoils my memories of the original. .. . Deleted. looking for another page.

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
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