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Tom Waits

Thomas Alan Waits, (born December 7, 1949) is an American composer, singer, musician and actor.

Early Career

Born in Pomona, California, Waits' recording career began in 1971, after he relocated to Los Angeles and signed with Herb Cohen, manager of Frank Zappa, among others. After numerous abortive recording sessions, his first record, the melancholic, country-tinged Closing Time (1973) received warm reviews, but he first gained national attention when his "Ol' 55" was recorded by The Eagles in 1974. The Heart of Saturday Night showed his roots as a nightclub singer, half speaking and half crooning ballads, often with a soft jazz background. The 1975 album Nighthawks at the Diner, recorded in a studio but with a small audience to capture the ambience of a live show, captures this phase of his career, including the lengthy spoken interludes between songs that punctuated his live act.

Small Change (1976) featuring famed drummer Shelly Manne, was jazzier still, and songs such as "The Piano Has Been Drinking" and "Bad Liver and a Broken Heart" cemented his hard living reputation, with a lyrical style pitched somewhere between Raymond Chandler and Charles Bukowski. Foreign Affairs (1977) and Blue Valentine (1978) were in a similar vein, but showed further refinement of his artistic voice. 1980 saw the commencement of a long working relationship with Francis Ford Coppola, who asked him to provide music for his film One From The Heart. Waits would also act in Coppola's Rumblefish, The Outsiders, The Cotton Club and Dracula (as the insane Renfield), and work with such directors as Jim Jarmusch and Robert Altman. In August 1980, he married Kathleen Brennan, whom he had met on the set of One From The Heart. With his wife, he wrote and performed in Big Time, a slightly surreal concert movie. His wife is regularly credited as co-author of many songs on his later released albums, and is often cited by Waits as a major influence on his work.

1980s and later

After he left Asylum Records for Island Records in 1983, his music became less mainstream. His trio of albums from the mid-1980s, Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs and Frank's Wild Years, all featured some degree of eclectic instrumentation -- Waits' self described "Junkyard Orchestra"--often marrying soul music horn sections to avant-garde percussion reminiscent of Harry Partch's, or the distorted guitar of Marc Ribot. He also gradually altered his singing style, sounding less like the late-night crooner of the 70s, instead adopting a gravelly voice reminiscent of Howling Wolf and Captain Beefheart. The last of these albums -- an off-Broadway musical co-written with his wife -- and the later collaboration with William S. Burroughs on The Black Rider both demonstrated the increasing interest in theatre, which has resulted in a somewhat successful acting career as well as soundtrack work.

In the popular perception, however, he and his work remain mostly characterised by his rocky voice, his strong personality and theatrical presence on stage and the "late night smoky bars" humour of his texts ("I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a pre-frontal lobotomy."). Waits has been reported as having bipolar disorder. In essence, however, and despite his songs having been covered by famous stars such as Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart, Waits remains a cult performer, steadfastly outside the mainstream.

Lawsuits

Waits has steadfastly refused to allow the use of his songs in commercials and has filed several lawsuits against advertisers who used his material without permission. The first lawsuit was filed in 1988 against Frito Lay, and resulted in a US$2.6 million judgement in Waits' favor. Frito Lay had approached Waits to use one of his songs in an advertisement. Waits declined the offer, and Frito Lay hired a Waits soundalike to sing a jingle similar to "Step Right Up," which is, ironically, a song Waits has called "an indictment of advertising." [1] (http://www.joe.trussell.com/waits/frito_lay.html) ("Step Right Up" concludes with the lyric "What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away").

In 1993, Levi's used Screamin' Jay Hawkins' version of Waits' "Heartattack and Vine" in a commercial. Waits sued, and Levis agreed to cease all use of the song, and offered a full page apology in Billboard Magazine. [2] (http://www.keeslau.com/TomWaitsSupplement/Copyright/copyrightwaitslevis.htm)

In 2000, an Audi commercial broadcast in Spain featured music very similar to Waits' "Innocent When You Dream", after Waits first had declined when they approached him about using the original. A Spanish court recognized there had been a violation of Waits’s moral rights, in addition to the infringement of copyright [3] (http://www.anti.com/news.php?newsid=86715). The production company, Tandem Campany Guasch, was ordered to pay compensation to Waits through his Spanish publisher.

Discography

Major releases


+ Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album


^ Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album

Collections

  • 1983 Anthology of Tom Waits (Elektra)
  • 1991 The Early Years, Volume One
  • 1993 The Early Years, Volume Two
  • 1998 Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years

Contributions

  • 1991 Sailing the Seas of Cheese, by Primus: Waits does character vocals on Tommy The Cat
  • 1992 Beautiful Mess, by Thelonious Monster: Waits appears as a guest singer on Adios Lounge
  • 1993 Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet, by Gavin Bryars: Waits appears as guest singer
  • 1999 Antipop, by Primus: Waits does vocals on Coattails of a Deadman
  • 2000 Helium, by Tin Hat Trio: Waits appears as guest singer on Helium Reprise
  • 2001 It's A Wonderful Life, by Sparklehorse: Waits does vocals on "Dog Door"
  • 2002 For the Kids by various artists: Waits performs the lullaby "Bring Down the Branches"
  • 2004 The Ride by Los Lobos: Waits does vocals on the track "Kitate"
  • 2004 The Late Great Daniel Johnston by various artists: Waits covers Johnston's "King Kong"

Tribute albums

  • 1995 Temptation, Holly Cole
  • 1995 Step Right Up, various artists
  • 2000 New Coat of Paint, various artists
  • 2001 Wicked Grin, John Hammond
  • 2004 Step Right Up: The Songs of Tom Waits, various artists

Filmography

  • 1978 Movie debut as 'Mumbles' in Paradise Alley.
  • 1980 Worked with Francis Ford Coppola on the soundtrack to One From The Heart.
  • 1982 Soundtrack of One From The Heart. Nominated for an Academy Award for best original score.
    • Played petrified man in carnival in The Stone Boy.
  • 1983 Played Buck Merrill in The Outsiders.
    • Played Bennie the pool hall owner in Rumble Fish.
  • 1984 Played Irving Stark in The Cotton Club.
  • 1986 Starred as Zack in Down by Law.
  • 1987 Played Rudy The Kraut in Ironweed.
    • Played Al Silk in Candy Mountain.
  • 1989 Played the 'Punch & Judy Man' in Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale.
    • Starred as Kenny the Hitman in Cold Feet.
    • Voice of the radio DJ in Mystery Train. Composer on Sea of Love
  • 1990 Played a plainclothes policeman in The Two Jakes.
  • 1991 Played Wolf in At Play in the Fields of the Lord.
    • Played a disabled Veteran beggar in The Fisher King.
    • Wrote the score of Night on Earth (With Kathleen Brennan).
    • Played Monte in Queens Logic.
  • 1992 Composer (With Kathleen Brennan) on American Heart.
    • Played R.M. Renfield in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
    • Played Earl Piggott in Short Cuts.
  • 1996 Composer on soundtrack of Dead Man Walking.
    • Composer on soundtrack of The End of Violence.
  • 1999 Mystery Men -- played an inventor who specialized in non-lethal weapons.
  • 2003 Appeared in conversation with Iggy Pop in Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere In America.
  • 2004 Composer (with Kathleen Brennan) on soundtrack of "Shrek 2"

Tours

  • 1973 Closing Time touring
  • 1974-1975 The Heart Of Saturday Night touring
  • 1975-1976 Small Change touring
  • 1977 Foreign Affairs touring
  • 1978-1979 Blue Valentine touring
  • 1980-1982 Heartattack and Vine touring
  • 1985 Rain Dogs touring
  • 1987 Big Time touring
  • 1999 Get Behind The Mule Tour
  • 2004 Real Gone Tour

See also:

  • Kazik Staszewski, Polish artist extensively covering Waits
  • Holly Cole, Canadian artist covering Waits' songs in jazz style

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^ Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. The album was followed by a tour of the U.K. and then Europe.
+ Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. The band changed direction once again in 2003 and released Universal Hall a mostly acoustic album with a return of some celtic influences from the Fisherman's Blues era. A Spanish court recognized there had been a violation of Waits’s moral rights, in addition to the infringement of copyright [3] (http://www.anti.com/news.php?newsid=86715). The production company, Tandem Campany Guasch, was ordered to pay compensation to Waits through his Spanish publisher. By 2001 the core of the new Waterboys included Mike Scott on vocals and guitar, Richard Naiff on pianos and organs and Steve Wickham on violin who returned to the band. In 2000, an Audi commercial broadcast in Spain featured music very similar to Waits' "Innocent When You Dream", after Waits first had declined when they approached him about using the original. A number of old Waterboys guested on the album including Anthony Thistlethwaite and Kevin Wilkinson.

[2] (http://www.keeslau.com/TomWaitsSupplement/Copyright/copyrightwaitslevis.htm). To the surprise of many Mike Scott resurrected the Waterboys name for the album A Rock In The Weary Land with a new experimental rock sound Scott called "Sonic Rock". Waits sued, and Levis agreed to cease all use of the song, and offered a full page apology in Billboard Magazine. In his frustration at not being able to get a new touring Waterboys band together, Scott left New York, abandoning the Waterboys name and embarking on a solo career. In 1993, Levi's used Screamin' Jay Hawkins' version of Waits' "Heartattack and Vine" in a commercial. In December Anthony Thistlethwaite left the band leaving Mike Scott as The Waterboys' only member. The next album was completed with session musicians and was released in 1993 as Dream Harder with a new hard rock-influenced sound. Waits declined the offer, and Frito Lay hired a Waits soundalike to sing a jingle similar to "Step Right Up," which is, ironically, a song Waits has called "an indictment of advertising." [1] (http://www.joe.trussell.com/waits/frito_lay.html) ("Step Right Up" concludes with the lyric "What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away"). Scott spent the rest of the year writing new material and moved to New York.

Frito Lay had approached Waits to use one of his songs in an advertisement. 1991 began with Trevor Hutchinson leaving the band and a re-release of the single The Whole of the Moon from This Is The Sea becoming a success in the UK charts. The first lawsuit was filed in 1988 against Frito Lay, and resulted in a US$2.6 million judgement in Waits' favor. Scott, Thistlethwaite and Hutchinson recruited Ken Bevins on drums to fulfil the tour dates. Waits has steadfastly refused to allow the use of his songs in commercials and has filed several lawsuits against advertisers who used his material without permission. Just before the album was released Steve Wickham left the band in an argument over a new drummer and the band started to fall apart. In essence, however, and despite his songs having been covered by famous stars such as Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart, Waits remains a cult performer, steadfastly outside the mainstream. The Waterboys' fourth album, Room to Roam was released in September 1990.

Waits has been reported as having bipolar disorder. The Waterboys at this point consisted of Mike Scott, Steve Wickham, Anthony Thistlethwaite, Colin Blakey on whistle, flute and piano, Sharon Shannon on accordion, Trevor Hutchinson on bass and Noel Bridgeman on drums. In the popular perception, however, he and his work remain mostly characterised by his rocky voice, his strong personality and theatrical presence on stage and the "late night smoky bars" humour of his texts ("I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a pre-frontal lobotomy."). After further touring the band returned to Spiddal to record a new album. The last of these albums -- an off-Broadway musical co-written with his wife -- and the later collaboration with William S. Burroughs on The Black Rider both demonstrated the increasing interest in theatre, which has resulted in a somewhat successful acting career as well as soundtrack work. Due to the number of tracks recorded in the three years between This Is The Sea and Fisherman's Blues Scott released a second album of tracks from this period in 2001 titled Too Close To Heaven or Fisherman's Blues Part 2 in North America. He also gradually altered his singing style, sounding less like the late-night crooner of the 70s, instead adopting a gravelly voice reminiscent of Howling Wolf and Captain Beefheart. Critics and fans were spilt, with some embracing the new folk influenced sound and others disappointed and had hoped for a continuation of This Is The Sea.

His trio of albums from the mid-1980s, Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs and Frank's Wild Years, all featured some degree of eclectic instrumentation -- Waits' self described "Junkyard Orchestra"--often marrying soul music horn sections to avant-garde percussion reminiscent of Harry Partch's, or the distorted guitar of Marc Ribot. Fisherman's Blues was released in October 1988 and showcased a host of guest musicians that had played with the band in Dublin and Spiddal. After he left Asylum Records for Island Records in 1983, his music became less mainstream. In 1988 Scott took the band to Spiddal in the west of Ireland where they set up a recording studio in Spiddal House to finish recording their new album. His wife is regularly credited as co-author of many songs on his later released albums, and is often cited by Waits as a major influence on his work. Some of these performances were released in 1998 on The Live Adventures Of The Waterboys including a famous Glastonbury performance in '86. With his wife, he wrote and performed in Big Time, a slightly surreal concert movie. The new band spent 1986 and 1987 recording in Dublin and touring the U.K., Ireland, Europe and Israel.

In August 1980, he married Kathleen Brennan, whom he had met on the set of One From The Heart. The band's lineup changed once again with Scott, Wickham and Thistlethwaite now joined by Trevor Hutchinson on bass and Peter McKinney on drums. Waits would also act in Coppola's Rumblefish, The Outsiders, The Cotton Club and Dracula (as the insane Renfield), and work with such directors as Jim Jarmusch and Robert Altman. At the request of new member Steve Wickham, Mike Scott moved to Dublin and becomes influenced by the traditional Irish music there as well as country and gospel. 1980 saw the commencement of a long working relationship with Francis Ford Coppola, who asked him to provide music for his film One From The Heart. At the end of the tour Karl Wallinger left to form his own band World Party. Foreign Affairs (1977) and Blue Valentine (1978) were in a similar vein, but showed further refinement of his artistic voice. and North America with Macro Sin replacing Martyn Swain on bass.

Small Change (1976) featuring famed drummer Shelly Manne, was jazzier still, and songs such as "The Piano Has Been Drinking" and "Bad Liver and a Broken Heart" cemented his hard living reputation, with a lyrical style pitched somewhere between Raymond Chandler and Charles Bukowski. The album release was followed by successful tours of the U.K. The 1975 album Nighthawks at the Diner, recorded in a studio but with a small audience to capture the ambience of a live show, captures this phase of his career, including the lengthy spoken interludes between songs that punctuated his live act. charts hampered by Scott's refusal to perform on Top of the Pops and mime. The Heart of Saturday Night showed his roots as a nightclub singer, half speaking and half crooning ballads, often with a soft jazz background. The Waterboys released their third album This Is The Sea in October 1985, their most successful up to this point it managed to get into the top 40 and the single The Whole of the Moon reached number 28 in the U.K. After numerous abortive recording sessions, his first record, the melancholic, country-tinged Closing Time (1973) received warm reviews, but he first gained national attention when his "Ol' 55" was recorded by The Eagles in 1974. Late in the sessions Steve Wickham joined and added his violin to the track The Pan Within after Scott had heard him on a Sinéad O'Connor demo recorded at Karl Wallinger's house.

Born in Pomona, California, Waits' recording career began in 1971, after he relocated to Los Angeles and signed with Herb Cohen, manager of Frank Zappa, among others. The band began to record new material in spring 1985 for a new album. Thomas Alan Waits, (born December 7, 1949) is an American composer, singer, musician and actor. The release of the album was followed by further touring including support slots for The Pretenders and U2 and a show at the Glastonbury festival. Holly Cole, Canadian artist covering Waits' songs in jazz style. A Pagan Place was released in June 1984 preceded by the single The Big Music whose title was used by some commentators as a description of The Waterboys sound. Kazik Staszewski, Polish artist extensively covering Waits. The band also made some new recording and over dubbed old material in late '83 and spring '84 to be released as The Waterboys second album.

2004 Real Gone Tour. The band at this point consisted of Mike Scott on vocals and guitar, Anthony Thistlethwaite on saxophone and mandolin, Karl Wallinger on keyboards, Roddy Lorimer on trumpets, Martyn Swain on bass and Kevin Wilkinson on drums. 1999 Get Behind The Mule Tour. After the release of their debut The Waterboys began touring, their first show being at The Batschkapp Club in Frankfurt in February 1984. 1987 Big Time touring. Their music, influenced by Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and David Bowie, was (inevitably) compared by critics to U2 in its cinematic sweep. 1985 Rain Dogs touring. The Waterboys then released their self-titled debut, The Waterboys, in July 1983.

1980-1982 Heartattack and Vine touring. The Waterboys performed as a five piece, including Anthony Thistlethwaite on sax and a new member, keyboard player Karl Wallinger. 1978-1979 Blue Valentine touring. This was shortly followed by The Waterboys' first performance on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test. 1977 Foreign Affairs touring. In March 1983, Ensign released the first recording under the name The Waterboys, a single titled A Girl Called Johnny. 1975-1976 Small Change touring. The name was taken from the Lou Reed song The Kids, from his album Berlin.

1974-1975 The Heart Of Saturday Night touring. In 1983, Scott's label Ensign Records wanted Scott to release an album of these recordings as a solo artist, but Scott decided to start a band he named The Waterboys. 1973 Closing Time touring. These would become divided between the Waterboys' first and second albums. 2004 Composer (with Kathleen Brennan) on soundtrack of "Shrek 2". During 1982, Scott made a number of recordings, both solo and with Thistlethwaite and Wilkinson. 2003 Appeared in conversation with Iggy Pop in Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere In America. During the same period, Scott formed the short lived band The Red and The Black, with saxophone player Anthony Thistlethwaite, after hearing him play on a Nikki Sudden record. Thistlethwaite introduced Scott to drummer Kevin Wilkinson, who would drum for the nine shows The Red and The Black would perform.

1999 Mystery Men -- played an inventor who specialized in non-lethal weapons. These would form the basis of the first Waterboys album. Composer on soundtrack of The End of Violence. Mike Scott, founder and the only permanent member of The Waterboys, made a number of solo recordings while in the band named Another Pretty Face (who changed their name to Funhouse on later releases) in late 1981 and early 1982. 1996 Composer on soundtrack of Dead Man Walking.

    . folk rock. Played Earl Piggott in Short Cuts. They are known to play in a number of different styles, but most often their music can be described as a mix of Irish folk music with rock and roll, i.e.

    Renfield in Bram Stoker's Dracula. The Waterboys is a band formed 1983 by Mike Scott. Played R.M. The Live Adventures Of The Waterboys (1998). 1992 Composer (With Kathleen Brennan) on American Heart.

      . The Secret Life Of The Waterboys 81-85 (1994). Played Monte in Queens Logic. The Best Of The Waterboys 81-90 (1991).

      Wrote the score of Night on Earth (With Kathleen Brennan). Universal Hall (2003). Played a disabled Veteran beggar in The Fisher King. Too Close To Heaven (2001). 1991 Played Wolf in At Play in the Fields of the Lord.

        . A Rock In The Weary Land (2000). 1990 Played a plainclothes policeman in The Two Jakes. Dream Harder (1993).

        Composer on Sea of Love. Room To Roam (1990). Voice of the radio DJ in Mystery Train. Fisherman's Blues (1988). Starred as Kenny the Hitman in Cold Feet. This Is The Sea (1985). 1989 Played the 'Punch & Judy Man' in Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale.

          . A Pagan Place (1984).

          Played Al Silk in Candy Mountain. The Waterboys (1983). 1987 Played Rudy The Kraut in Ironweed.

            . 1986 Starred as Zack in Down by Law. 1984 Played Irving Stark in The Cotton Club.

            Played Bennie the pool hall owner in Rumble Fish. 1983 Played Buck Merrill in The Outsiders.

              . Played petrified man in carnival in The Stone Boy. Nominated for an Academy Award for best original score.
                .

                1982 Soundtrack of One From The Heart. 1980 Worked with Francis Ford Coppola on the soundtrack to One From The Heart. 1978 Movie debut as 'Mumbles' in Paradise Alley. 2004 Step Right Up: The Songs of Tom Waits, various artists.

                2001 Wicked Grin, John Hammond. 2000 New Coat of Paint, various artists. 1995 Step Right Up, various artists. 1995 Temptation, Holly Cole.

                2004 The Late Great Daniel Johnston by various artists: Waits covers Johnston's "King Kong". 2004 The Ride by Los Lobos: Waits does vocals on the track "Kitate". 2002 For the Kids by various artists: Waits performs the lullaby "Bring Down the Branches". 2001 It's A Wonderful Life, by Sparklehorse: Waits does vocals on "Dog Door".

                2000 Helium, by Tin Hat Trio: Waits appears as guest singer on Helium Reprise. 1999 Antipop, by Primus: Waits does vocals on Coattails of a Deadman. 1993 Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet, by Gavin Bryars: Waits appears as guest singer. 1992 Beautiful Mess, by Thelonious Monster: Waits appears as a guest singer on Adios Lounge.

                1991 Sailing the Seas of Cheese, by Primus: Waits does character vocals on Tommy The Cat. 1998 Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years. 1993 The Early Years, Volume Two. 1991 The Early Years, Volume One.

                1983 Anthology of Tom Waits (Elektra).

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