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Tom Waits

Born: Dec 7, 1949 in Pomona, CA
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Genre: Country, Folk, Other, Pop/Rock
Biography: In the 1970s, Tom Waits combined a lyrical focus on desperate, low-life characters with a persona that seemed to embody the same lifestyle, which he sang about in a raspy, gravelly voice. From the '80s on, his work became increasingly theatrical as he moved into acting and composing. Growing up in Southern ...Read full biography
Rain Dogs
Released: 1985
Label: Island Records
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With its jarring rhythms and unusual instrumentation -- marimba, accordion, various percussion -- as well as its frequently surreal lyrics, Rain Dogs is very much a follow-up to Swordfishtrombones, which ...Read full review
Closing Time
Released: 1973
Label: Elektra Asylum
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Tom Waits' debut album is a minor-key masterpiece filled with songs of late-night loneliness. Within the apparently narrow range of the cocktail bar pianistics and muttered vocals, Waits and producer Jerry ...Read full review
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