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Tom Waits

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Pomona, Los Angeles CA, United States (1949 – present)

Tom Waits (born Thomas Alan Waits, in Pomona, California, on December 7, 1949) is a prolific American singer, songwriter, composer, and actor.

He started his career in the early 1970s as a singer in spit ‘n’ sawdust bars. Initially, he was deeply influenced by the beat generation, novelists like Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, and poets like Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski. Waits is often compared to Charles Bukowski, being similar both in content and lifestyle, although Waits’s views are more egalitarian than Bukowski’s. Waits was unable to make a living from his music in the 70s because his classical bar music, based in pre-rock, and , , and styles were not popular. Waits’s voice back then was soft, warm and clear.

Waits subsequently developed a devoted cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters, despite having little radio or music video support. In fact, his songs are perhaps best known to the general public in the form of cover versions of more visible artists, such as the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart.

Although Waits’s albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries.

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  • playermadbox

    Love this Music

    26 May 11:47am Reply
  • turas89

    Is "Take One Last Look" any kind of preview of some new studio material or just Letterman's tribute?

    21 May 10:15am Reply
  • ColonyofMetal

    Tom has done two Blind Willie Johnson covers for the kickstarter project the "The songs of Blind Willie Johnson".. Can't wait to hear it.

    20 May 12:21pm Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Good call about the difficulty of Hellhammer, but I personally think Raindogs is Tom at his most anthemic: weird ditties like: "pack your bags to Singapore", "house is on fire children are alone", not to mention the straight out hits of Downtown Train and Blind Love.

    18 May 11:14am Reply
  • QProtection

    take one last look is incredible.

    15 May 10:58am Reply
  • Pk_Henry

    oh, boy. I suffer the same affliction: bad curly hair.

    14 May 6:26pm Reply
  • twentyzerozero

    I remember an anecdote of Fenriz's. He said he could never understand Hellhammer when he was younger, despite loving Celtic Frost. He tried for ages and then it finally clicked. Sometimes music is just a bit hard to penetrate.

    5 May 5:30pm Reply
  • Truja

    till the water runs clear

    17 Apr 8:43am Reply
  • beautifuldaddy

    I can't imagine how anyone would find rain dogs ''basic and uninteresting''. I understand not liking it, but uninteresting? that's just absurd.

    16 Apr 8:39pm Reply
  • tsintskaro

    Why do you want to like it? And as for basic and uninteresting, Tom Waits builds music out of basic things. Lots of people find that interesting/moving/inspiring, but you're under no obligation to feel the same.

    16 Apr 2:22pm Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    Not at all.

    4 Apr 11:49pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Quite weird that you want to like something oh.

    4 Apr 12:41am Reply
  • ColonyofMetal

    Keep listening to it. It will click eventually.Clap hands, then anywhere I lay my head etc

    2 Apr 3:52pm Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    Can anyone please explain to me what is so great about Rain Dogs? I just can't get into it. I want to like it, but the music is too basic and uninteresting for me.

    1 Apr 9:45pm Reply
  • tarinnlaffan

    hows about a cali show tom?

    31 Mar 5:24pm Reply
  • cisnenegro

    Antorip: Tom Waits= Hetfield + Ron Perlman

    19 Mar 7:44am Reply
  • renihilater

    Dirt In the Ground, could very well be the most honest, gut wrenchingly morose and wondrously stripped down song ever made.

    19 Mar 4:39am Reply
  • Antorip

    Are Tom Waits and James Hetfield, the same fella with different name?

    5 Mar 5:00pm Reply
  • moe_VS_metal

    HELLO (´・ω・`)。♥。・゚♡゚・。♥。・゚♡゚・。♥。 from TOKYO JAPAN

    22 Feb 2:34pm Reply
  • NWG369

    When you walk through the garden

    19 Feb 10:16pm Reply
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