Tom Waits

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Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and has acted in supporting roles in films, including Paradise Alley and Bram Stoker's Dracula; he also starred in the 1986 film Down by Law. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.

Waits' lyrics frequently present atmospheric portraits of grotesque, often seedy characters and places—although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support. His songs are best-known through cover versions by more commercial artists: "Jersey Girl", performed by Bruce Springsteen, "Ol' '55", performed by the Eagles, and "Downtown Train", performed by Rod Stewart. Although Waits' albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries. He has been nominated for a number of major music awards and has won Grammy Awards for two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations. In 2011, Waits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Waits lives in Sonoma County, California, with his wife and musical collaborator Kathleen Brennan, and three children.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1973 Closing Time Tom Waits 4 4
1974 The Heart of Saturday Night Tom Waits 3.5 4
1976 Small Change Tom Waits 4.35 6
1977 Foreign Affairs Tom Waits 5 4
1978 Blue Valentine Tom Waits 5
1980 Heartattack and Vine Tom Waits 7
1983 Swordfishtrombones Tom Waits 4.75 7
1985 Rain Dogs Tom Waits 4.35 9
1987 Franks Wild Years Tom Waits 5 6
1992 Bone Machine Tom Waits 5 7
1993 The Black Rider Tom Waits 3 4
1997 Tom Waits Tom Waits 1
1999 Mule Variations Tom Waits 5 7
2002 Blood Money Tom Waits 5 6
2002 Alice Tom Waits 5 5
2004 Real Gone Tom Waits 5
2006 Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards Tom Waits 5
2011 Bad as Me Tom Waits 7
2012 Mercy and Grand Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan; Jess Walker, Gavin Bryars, Joe Townsend & Jim Holmes 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1981 Bounced Checks Compilation Tom Waits 1
1984 Asylum Years Compilation Tom Waits 4
1991 The Early Years, Volume 1 Compilation Tom Waits 2 3
1992 The Early Years, Volume 2 Compilation Tom Waits 4
1998 Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years Compilation Tom Waits 2
2001 Used Songs: 1973-1980 Compilation Tom Waits 2

Album + Interview

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2002 We're All Mad Here: A Conversation With Tom Waits Interview Tom Waits 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1975 Nighthawks at the Diner Live Tom Waits 4.25 5
1988 Big Time Live Tom Waits 4
2009 Glitter and Doom: Live Preview Live Tom Waits 1
2009 Glitter and Doom: Live Live Tom Waits 1
2011 Round Midnight: The Minneapolis Broadcast 1975 Live Tom Waits 1
2013 My Father's Place Live Tom Waits 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1982 One From the Heart Soundtrack Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle 3
1991 Night on Earth Soundtrack Tom Waits 5 2

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 Downtown Train Tom Waits 1
1985 In the Neighborhood Tom Waits 1
1988 16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six Tom Waits 1
1993 Heartattack and Vine Tom Waits 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1999 Hold On Tom Waits 1
2009 Live Tom Waits 1

Other

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 Burma Shave Tom Waits 1
Bukowski Waits for Us, Volume 2 Tom Waits 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1975 Coffee Break Radio Show 2-3-1975 Interview Tom Waits 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1999 Alice Tom Waits 1

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