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Sunday, June 26, 2005

[1983] TOM WAITS - Swordfishtrombones

I used to be one of the unfortunates that didn't know Tom Waits existed. Not so now.
Swordfishtrombones is like a trip into a dark world that, when you enter it, is pretty hard to leave until it lets you go and throws you out the other side!
I mean with lyrics as vivid as these:
'Well Frank settled down in the Valley and hung his wild years on a nail that he drove through his wife's forehead'
How can you ignore it?

I met this guy, Simon a few years back. He lived in a great Georgian stately home that was split up into flats. His flat took up the whole ground floor. It was impressive. He had a grand piano in there and was highly talented at playing it whether it was some Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff or stuff like John Lennon or Pink Floyd. Listening to him play was such an emotional experience. He used to do nothing most days and was usually to be found in his flat playing some rambling tune -with a spliff of homegrown grass in the ashtray and a glass of Gin on the piano.
He introduced me to Tom Waits one day. It was a bit of a difficult time to do this as we had been smoking such strong 'skunk' beforehand that, when he put this album on and it started off with the trademark Tom Waits Blues sounds and his throaty growling voice, it made me feel, well, rather ill to be honest. Hehe.
Oh the innocence of youth and all that.
I quickly became very into Tom Waits and was soon scouring second-hand record shops for anything he ever put to vinyl.
This album still stands up as one of his best in my opinion.
Try it.

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Anonymous Penny said...

better late than never .. thanks a lot for posting this ... I haven't listened to it for so long that I have forgotten that it was both unique, funny (in both senses of the word) and sexy ... :-)

8/11/2005 03:40:00 pm  

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