Rain Dogs

Label
Island Records
Release date
1 Jun 1990
Running length
19 tracks
Running time
55:03

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Singapore 2:44 219,915
2 Clap Hands 4:58 220,010
3 Cemetery Polka 1:46 176,103
4 Jockey Full of Bourbon 2:46 233,758
5 Tango Till They're Sore 2:51 166,967
6 Big Black Mariah 2:43 169,335
7 Diamonds and Gold 2:33 41,920
8 Hang Down Your Head 2:32 169,698
9 Time 3:55 185,735
10 Rain Dogs 3:37 182,243
11 Midtown 1:03 21,670
12 9th & Hennepin 1:57 133,324
13 Gun Street Girl 4:02 152,901
14 Union Square 2:24 135,140
15 Blind Love 4:20 130,483
16 Walking Spanish 3:06 132,665
17 Downtown Train 3:50 215,716
18 Bride of Rain Dog 1:08 17,272
19 Anywhere I Lay My Head 2:48 139,509

About this album

Rain Dogs is the 9th album by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released in September 1985 on Island Records. A loose concept album about “the urban dispossessed” of New York City, Rain Dogs is generally considered the middle album of a trilogy that includes Swordfishtrombones and Franks Wild Years.

The album, which includes appearances by guitarists Keith Richards and Marc Ribot, is noted for its broad spectrum of musical styles and genres, described by Rolling Stone as merging “Kurt Weill, pre-rock integrity from old dirty blues, the elegiac melancholy of New Orleans funeral brass, into a singularly idiosyncratic American style.”

The album peaked at #29 on the UK charts and #188 on the US Billboard Top 200. In 1989, it was ranked #21 on the Rolling Stone list of the “100 greatest albums of the 1980s.” In 2003, the album was ranked number 397 on the magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Pitchfork Media listed Rain Dogs as 8th best album of the 1980s. Slant Magazine listed the album at #14 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s”.

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