#3 Posted on 6.6.03 0846.10 Reposted on: 6.6.10 0849.49
I've been listening to Alice and Blood Money in regular rotation since I finally got them a couple of weeks ago. The only other CD I play nearly as much is Wilco's incredible Yankee Hotel Foxtrot My co-workers think I'm completely nuts.
I also just finished reading Wild Years: The Music and Myth of Tom Waits, which is about as fair and in-depth a biography as one could do without really pissing Tom off. Which is to say it's hardly in-depth at all, but you do get most of the great stories and quotable quotes as well as complete discography, filmography, etc.
And $46 for a copy of Big Time is a steal. FAB, you're a bastard.
#4 Posted on 6.6.03 1244.38 Reposted on: 6.6.10 1246.42
I hadn't realized it was so rare. Shoot, I'll go steal it from the video store I used to work at. They'll never miss it. I still don't have the two new ones, on account of needing to pay rent. But coping with a breakup as I am has kicked me back into a full Rain Dogs/Bone Machine vibe.
I may have mentioned before, but never listen to Bone Machine while driving through Connecticut. The combination of the two stark landscapes will cause you to realize things you were never meant to know. You'll have an uncontrollable urge to drive off a bridge. The fact that I was on a Greyhound bus is the only reason I'm still alive.
Did VH1 ever air his "Storytellers"? I have a mess of the MP3s. Simply gold.
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#5 Posted on 6.6.03 1531.00 Reposted on: 6.6.10 1531.11
You should steal that copy from the store. I'm going to transfer the video to DVD so the video quality I end up getting with this will never deteriorate. (I'm starting to get a little worried about that.) Once that's done, I'll be more than happy to send out copies for the price of the blank DVD and shipping.
I picked up Blood Money the day it came out and it has still to really grow on me. There are a couple tracks I just love on there but his newer stuff takes time to acclimate.
#6 Posted on 8.6.03 0108.44 Reposted on: 8.6.10 0109.02
This is the guy who crawled out from behind some curtains underneath a table to play ukulele and sing "I Don't Want to Grow Up" while a Noid rip-off rode his bicycle around some poop...all in the video ripped on by Beavis and Butt-head one time, right?
#8 Posted on 9.6.03 0137.27 Reposted on: 9.6.10 0138.54
Originally posted by The ThrillThis is the guy who crawled out from behind some curtains underneath a table to play ukulele and sing "I Don't Want to Grow Up" while a Noid rip-off rode his bicycle around some poop...all in the video ripped on by Beavis and Butt-head one time, right?
Yeah, that was him. Good stuff, no?
And The Ramones do an awesome cover of that one on "Adios Amigos", in case any of you'd be interested in that sort of thing.
#9 Posted on 9.6.03 1337.18 Reposted on: 9.6.10 1338.31
FAB said: I picked up Blood Money the day it came out and it has still to really grow on me. There are a couple tracks I just love on there but his newer stuff takes time to acclimate.
Alice probably would have been a better choice if'n you're into the piano ballad side of Waits. I started with Small Change and stuck to his seventies stuff at first. I actually owned his seminal eighties trilogy for two years before I could really get into them and it was only after getting totally into Bone Machine (thanks to "Who Are You?" and "A Little Rain") that I was able to go back and appreciate stuff like "Singapore" and "Underground".
Blood Money is wild. Stuff like "Misery is the River of the World" and "God's Away on Business" are like audiophonic nihilism both lyrically and musically. Most people won't give it a fair shake, mind, but there's lots there for the patient listener. Alice has its share of the crazies, namely with "Kommienezuspadt," "Everything you can Think," and "We're all Mad Here," but tracks like "No One Knows I'm Gone," "Lost in the Harbour," and "Fish & Bird" are among his most beautiful songs ever.
As for the "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" video, Tom emerges from under a table in a bar of suitably varied clientelle and appears as a devil. With Goggles. On a Tricycle. If you want an idea of the outfit, check out the cover of Bone Machine.
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#11 Posted on 13.6.03 1840.51 Reposted on: 13.6.10 1848.20
That's what you should break down and listen to. Dave Atell ripped off the opening cut "Singapore" for the Insomniac theme song. Rod Stewart fucking murdered "Downtown Train". Seriously. Murder.
And in other news, I received my copy of Big Time last night and curled up to watch it with someone special.
I expected it to be bizarre but I wasn't quite prepared for how it turned out. It's a brilliant piece, just a little more Twin Peaks than I'd imagined. Definitely more than a cut and dry concert film. I didn't expect him to have so many different characters. I guess Bono was ripping off more than just David Bowie when he started in with The Fly and MacPhisto characters. (Although I did love both and having MacPhisto as an aging version of The Fly was cool.)
From the description I'd read I expected the video to switch between concert footage and artsy vignettes. They all kind of exist together though and intercut seemingly at random (at least on first viewing). They'll show Tom as the forlorn ticket taker in an almost sublimal cut and switch back to him as a more devilish, shiftless no good horn yacker (think "Step Right Up") and switch to the bizarre piano bar veteran. Cool stuff, just a little jarring. It adds to the replay value. I'm definitely going to have to watch it again to try and figure out what Tom and the directors were getting at.
The piano bar veteran was far and away my favorite. This guy is so talented. He could travel just on his comedy / spoken word material. At one point he's sitting at the piano and tries to get the crowd to sing along to "some old favorites". He plays some bizarre, atonal piano parts and just makes up songs. "Aaaaaaaand the boilers all exploded..." Then he acts disappointed the audience isn't singing along: "Okay, okay. I know it's your first night and you're nervous..."
If any fans can find a copy at a funky video rental by all means go for it. I'm going to get the transfer to DVD project going tomorrow and I'll post a note here when it's done.
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