That's funny. I saw the same Austin City limits and was floored. I am a huge Waits fan and thought it compared favorable to the show I saw him do down here at SXSW a couple of years ago.
Cmo, Austin TX
Cmo, Austin TX
If you buy "Nighthawks At The Diner," be prepared to laugh your head off. There is a tune titled: "Better off Without A Wife" that always cracks up any group of male visitors. It's not disrespectful of women, just a truthful look at the (supposedly) lazy nature of Tom Waits persona in this song.
I enjoy most of his albums with the exception being "Mule Variations." Maybe with time I will come to appreciate it as well.
That is an interesting observation Albert, I thought "Mule Variations" was a bit of a return to old form and I like it much better than some of his 1990's stuff like "Bone Machine" that I find to be more irritating than enjoyable.
I also recommend "Rain Dogs," not quite as accessible as his earlier works but rewards repeated listenings and has some great tunes.
BTW, if you are a Tom Waits fan then check out his friend Chuck E. Weiss' "Extremely Cool." I think this is the Chuck E. from Rickie Lee Jone's "Chuck E.'s in Love" but I could be wrong about that. Other fine efforts are Tom Waits cover albums by John Hammond "Wicked Grin" and Holly Cole "Temptation."
I second the good mention of Holly Cole's "Temptation" It's a good tribute album.
"Heart of Saturday Night" is special to me not only because my Dad played it so often when I was a youngster, but because of tunes like "Diamond On My Windshield" and "Ghosts of Saturday Night" Those tunes tell stories that I thoroughly enjoy hearing time and again.
I did just pick up "Nighthawks At The Diner" but I didn't listen to any tracks in the car yet (I have a great system as far as auto audio goes)
I would have to disagree...I witnessed this older Waits performance on PBS as well...and promptly went out and purchased more Waits music...I would add though...this is Waits at his most bohemian/avant-garde phase...which might turn some off...I found it very entertaining, moving, and very musical...wish this performance was available on any format@