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Tom Waits interview on NPR

PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 12:00 am
by Rob Hall
Here.

I especially like this:

"Q: Most thrilling musical experience?
A: My most thrilling musical experience was in Time Square, over thirty years ago. There was a rehearsal hall around the Brill Building where all the rooms were divided into tiny spaces with just enough room to open the door. Inside was a spinet piano- cigarette burns, missing keys, old paint and no pedals. You go in and close the door and it's so loud from other rehearsals you can't really work- so you stop and listen and the goulash of music was thrilling. Scales on a clarinet, tango, light opera, sour string quartet, voice lessons, someone belting out "Everything's Coming Up Roses", garage bands, and piano lessons. The floor was pulsing, the walls were thin. As if ten radios were on at the same time, in the same room. It was a train station of music with all the sounds milling around... for me it was heavenly."

PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 9:25 am
by NormanD
Thanks, Rob, that's a great read. Could anyone else get away with words like these without sounding a complete ass?

PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 10:20 am
by Jarlath
He is playing Edinburgh 27th & 28th July and Dublin 30th,31st July & 1st August

PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 10:58 am
by Des
Tom Waits is one of those people you feel you ought to like but it's just too much trouble bothering to try.

PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 12:27 pm
by Ketsbaia
Des Bowring wrote:Tom Waits is one of those people you feel you ought to like but it's just too much trouble bothering to try.


One less competitor for a ticket...

PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 12:22 pm
by Joe Cushley
Des Bowring wrote:Tom Waits is one of those people you feel you ought to like but it's just too much trouble bothering to try.


And one more person whose life is just that little bit less interesting than it might be...

A conversation with himself

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 12:42 pm
by Charlie
TOM WAITS
TRUE CONFESSIONS

(A conversation with himself)

I must admit, before meeting Tom, I had heard so many rumors and so much gossip that I was afraid. Frankly, his gambling debts, his animal magnetism, coupled with his disregard for the feelings of others… His elaborate gun collection, his mad shopping sprees, the face lifts, the ski trips, the drug busts and the hundreds of rooms in his home. The tax shelters, the public urination…I was nervous to meet the real man himself. Baggage and all. But I found him to be gentle, intelligent, open, bright, helpful, humorous, brave, audacious, loquacious, clean, and reverent. A Boy Scout, really (and a giant of a man). Join me now for a rare glimpse into the heart of Tom Waits. Remove your shoes and no smoking, please.

Read it here: http://www.antilabelblog.com/?p=288#more-288

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 1:22 pm
by Gordon Neill
This is a worrying development. What sort of a world would we have if every pop star cut out the middle man and just interviewed themselves? Next, they'll be reviewing their own CDs and playing them on their own radio shows.

There's some amusing stuff in his interview. I feel I ought to like his stuff. But, after several attempts, my ears still file him under 'over-rated and almost unlistenable'. His voice always reminds me of Lee Marvin's attempts to sing. But at least Lee Marvin had a catchy hit with 'I Was Born Under A Wandering Star'. I feel bad about it, but there we are. I shan't change my mind. I shan't.

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 1:29 pm
by Des
Public urination, eh? I think I might have seen him last night then.

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 1:30 pm
by Adam Blake
Ok. Enough with this "I just can't be bothered to like Tom Waits even though I feel I ought to" crap.

"Romeo Is Bleeding" and "Wrong Side Of The Road" from "Blue Valentines"
"Gin Soaked Boy" and "Shore Leave" from "Swordfishtrombones"
"Walking Spanish" and "Union Square" from "Rain Dogs"
"Telephone Call From Istanbul" from "Frank's Wild Years"
"Get Behind The Mule" and "What's He Building?" from "Mule Variations"

If you can honestly say you don't like these then you can honestly stop worrying and enjoy the fact that you really don't like Tom Waits. But I'd make sure you check your pulse rate as it may well be that you have actually died and not noticed.

He got himself a home-made special

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 1:38 pm
by Con Murphy
Adam Blake wrote:"Walking Spanish" and "Union Square" from "Rain Dogs"


Gordon's Tangoing Till They're Sore at the moment, so that might be the place for him to start?

Just make sure you're in calico and the colour of a doll...

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 1:46 pm
by Des
Rain Dogs and Swordfishtrombone are OK but....hey, join me here in the afterlife!

but then again ...too many to mention.

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 3:33 pm
by ritchie
I was going to make a list of all the songs that I like by Tom Waits and then changed my mind. Think I'll go and buy a hat instead.

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 5:17 pm
by Nigel w
The public urination line is true. In fact, it seems to be something of an obssession with the man. I went to interview him at his home in Santa Rosa, California a few years ago. It's totally rural and everything is closed by 9pm, whereas I'd always thought of him as a wee small hours urban creature - nighthawks at the diner and all that. So I asked why he'd moved to the country. The only answer he would give me was : "Because I like to pee outside."

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 5:22 pm
by Charlie
nigel w wrote: I'd always thought of him as a wee small hours urban creature -

You seem to be saying that you understood he liked to pee in city gutters after midnight, so where's the surprise that he liked to do it in the country too?