Anyone see this? Various comments on facebook, but some discussion here wouldn't go amiss.
I found the programme really enjoyable, but it left me with a vague sense of disappointment. It followed the standard tv rock music documentary of voice-over, archive film, and talking head music biz contributors (thankfully no Bono or Keith Richards, who could have got away with it as a past collaborator). I wish the format had been more in keeping with Waits' own arty weirdness and experimentation - more monochrome and shadows, jittery camera and vocals, more input to the production from Waits himself.
A lot of questions were left unaddressed. Was his early clip joint life part of his developing theatrical persona or a grim reality - his Orwell 'Down and Out' phase? Did he develop his chops playing in jazz clubs, or did he learn at school via family-funded lessons? Does he ever dress up in chinos and an old sweater and throw sticks for the dog? You know, that kind of thing.....
I do like his music, almost uncritically, and would love to see him play (or, rather, perform). But in the meantime, do watch the doc on catch up. And maybe the eventual dvd will be longer, with even more humour, insights and musical beauty.