Tom Waits

Adele’s “Hello” & Tom Waits’ “Martha”: Inspiration Or Imitation?

Carl Williott | November 3, 2015 10:17 am
Carl Williott | November 3, 2015 10:17 am

Adele’s “Hello” shares some conceptual similarities with “Martha” by Tom Waits, and countless other songs about phone calls presumably. More »


Ten Bands That Should (And Ten Bands That Shouldn’t) Grace Us With A Cover Of “Yakety Sax”

noah | August 19, 2009 10:00 am
noah | August 19, 2009 10:00 am

Yakety SaxI don’t know about you, but the dog days of August are making me long for some levity. And what better way to bring in some hilarity than to think about the late Boots Randolph’s delightful “Yakety Sax,” a.k.a. “that Benny Hill Show song,” a.k.a. the best way to make any YouTube clip hilarious? Noted “Yakety Sax” enthusiast Jess Harvell and I put together a pair of lists related to the song—namely, a top 10 countdown of artists who need to cover the song soon, and a counterpoint list of 10 artists who should never get within a 25-mile radius of its implied hilarity, for fear of ruining it for all time. The countdowns after the jump. More »


noah | August 13, 2009 11:45 am
noah | August 13, 2009 11:45 am

tomisthedevilTerry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus—a film that features Tom Waits as the Devil, and the final performance by the late Heath Ledger—reportedly had some trouble finding a Stateside distributor after premiering at Cannes earlier this year, but good news: Variety is reporting that the flick will apparently come out via Sony Pictures Classics sometime this year. Yay! [Variety / Previously] More »



Tom Waits Is The Devil (But American Audiences Might Never Find Out)

noah | August 12, 2009 10:45 am
noah | August 12, 2009 10:45 am

tomisthedevilThe trailer for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus—which features Tom Waits as the devil himself, and also has the final filmed performance by Heath Ledger before his death last year—debuted online yesterday, and according to our pals at Movieline it hasn’t picked up a U.S. distributor yet. This despite it featuring not one but two popular musicians (in addition to Waits, former P bassist Johnny Depp plays a role in the flick) and looking mind-bogglingly awesome. Plus, I mean, Tom Waits playing Satan, come on. The trailer’s after the jump. More »


noah | May 8, 2009 1:30 pm
noah | May 8, 2009 1:30 pm

3106069484_713974e66a_m“I imagine we are all, like cassettes, thoughts wrapped up in awkward packaging. : ),” says Erika Iris Simmons of her art project Ghost In The Machine–in which portraits of musicians are crafted from the innards of cassettes–and you know, she might have a point. Simmons has crafted images of musicians like Ian Astbury and Tom Waits out of this pretty ingenious source material, but my favorite one has to be Robert Smith, because his hair looks absolutely perfect. [Flickr; HT Dan R.] More »


Things To Listen To, It’s A Long Time Until Quitting Time Today Edition

noah | August 1, 2008 9:30 am
noah | August 1, 2008 9:30 am

I know that a lot of Idolator readers were peeved that they didn’t live near a stop on Tom Waits’ “Glitter and Doom” tour, thanks to Waits mapping his route after the constellation Hydra. More »



Tom Waits For No Man In The Northeast, Alas

noah | May 5, 2008 10:15 am
noah | May 5, 2008 10:15 am

AP050920011884.jpgTom Waits has announced the dates for his upcoming summer tour, which will head across the country from June 17 to July 5. Rolling Stone claims that Waits’ tour route is supposed to mirror the constellation Hydra,but an explanation that probably won’t completely placate those Waits fans in New York, Chicago, and LA who are getting shut out of dates on this go-round. Click on Waits’ picture for the full list of dates.

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ScarJo’s Tribute To Tom Waits Is Actually Dave Sitek’s Tribute To Ivo Watts-Russell

anthonyjmiccio | April 30, 2008 12:30 pm
anthonyjmiccio | April 30, 2008 12:30 pm

ARTIST: Scarlett Johansson
ALBUM: Anywhere I Lay My Head
RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2008
WEB DEBUT: April 30, 2008

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1999 Tom Waits Song

jharv | October 12, 2007 5:00 am
jharv | October 12, 2007 5:00 am

Start your melodramatic Friday night boozing a little early with the entirety of a career-spanning show by Tom Waits, recorded in New York in 1999. In fact, it ranges so widely across Waits’ output that it’s got to be split into two parts. More »



jharv | October 12, 2007 5:00 am
jharv | October 12, 2007 5:00 am

Start your melodramatic Friday night boozing a little early with the entirety of a career-spanning show by Tom Waits, recorded in New York in 1999. In fact, it ranges so widely across Waits’ output that it’s got to be split into two parts. More »


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