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Tom Waits: "A Day in Vienna", Austrian TV documentary

PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:41 pm
by Alan
http://boingboing.net/2013/12/28/tom-wa ... ?utm_sourc

Tom Waits: "A Day in Vienna", Austrian TV documentary

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"A Day in Vienna is a 1978 (or maybe 1979) 30-minute TV documentary shot for Austrian TV during the tour for his (magnificent) album Blue Valentine.

The concert in the footage was at the Konzerthaus, specifically the Mozartsaal, which seats 704. The European tour was in support of 1978’s Blue Valentine, and in the footage Waits plays “A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun” and “Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis” off of that album. We get three songs from Waits’ 1976 album Small Change (“Jitterbug Boy,” “Pasties and a G-String (At the Two O’Clock Club),” and “I Can’t Wait to Get Off Work (And See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue)”). Waits’ rendition of “Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis” folds in a few bars of “Goin’ Out of My Head” when he gets to the Little Anthony and the Imperials line and ends with “Silent Night”—this was his usual practice in the late 1970s.

At the end of the video Waits does a slow dance with what Hoskyns calls “a Thai prostitute” in a joint called the Moulin Rouge on Walfischgasse in the city’s 1st district. The Moulin Rouge is still there, but that area is completely different today. Walfischgasse intersects with Kärntner Strasse, which is kind of like Times Square/42nd Street in more ways than one. In the 1970s it was a red-light district, but today it is one of the most commercialized avenues in Vienna. I love the footage in the middle where Waits tells the story of the saxophonist who can’t manage the bridge to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”—few things are more “Vienna” than a little table crowded with beer glasses and stately little cups of coffee."

Re: Tom Waits: "A Day in Vienna", Austrian TV documentary

PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:37 am
by Rob Hall
There's a very good Waits bootleg, the soundtrack from his appearance on the "VHS Story Tellers" TV show. Highly recommended if you can find it. Allegedly.

Re: Tom Waits: "A Day in Vienna", Austrian TV documentary

PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:26 pm
by Adam Blake
"Blue Valentines" is my favourite Waits album. His music was more revolutionary on "Swordfishtrombones" and "Rain Dogs" and "Frank's Wild Years" but his poetry was better on "Blue Valentines" and I think he is a better poet than he is a musician (which is to say, I think he is a MARVELLOUS poet who approaches musicianship as a poet, bless him.)

I look forward to it. I watched the first five minutes. Who else could smoke a cigarette leaning on a petrol pump in so louche a manner? Pete Doherty is quite outclassed.