One of my all time favorites. I didn't get into him until my 20s, around the time Real Gone came out, but it kind of worked out better that way because I was able to jump around his back catalog and see all the changes and different eras of his work. Definitely an artist that gets better the deeper you dig.
Yes of course he's very underappreciated but so is everyone else outside of the mainstream. In the underground, he is very appreciated.
Ye i like him. My favourite song by him is eggs and sausage
He's probably the artist I've been listening to the most of for the last 5 years or so. He has so much amazing music out there.
We are monkeys with money and guns. ― Tom Waits
Possibly my favorite depressing song:
I liked him in Fishing with John
I was introduced to Waits at a concert in San Diego when he opened for Frank Zappa in 70. Frank nurtured him and other like minded musicians. Very creative even as a folkie, to me his bohemian thing always felt like a bit of a schtick though.
His melodies are impeccable, but his voice gives you pause unless you are used to his raspy style. He was heavily influenced by Howlin Wolf & other black singers.
Performances by others may make his songs more accessible. Jersey girl, etc.
I love the Junk yard drums, unusual instruments and effects. He follows in the grand tradition of Captain Beef Heart and other unique musicians who follow their creative sides and not commercial pursuits.
FYI: HE'S BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME (CLASS OF 2011)
I want "Shiver Me Timbers" played at my funeral. Not anytime soon, though.
Me too. No other artist that I can't think of off the top of my head can be so evocative in so many genres: jazz, dirges, blues, tarentellas.
Lonely is such a beautiful song, so sparsely arranged...
Incredible artist. Closing Time is the perfect album for anyone who is heartbroken or unhappily in love.