Episode 33: Tom Waits Pt. 1

Young Tom Waits

Merry Waitsmas drunks and drunkettes! Yes, tis the season when all islanders forsake God and turn their eyes to the gutter in worship of the one true king: Tom Waits. This week we’re flying guestless so we can get down and dirty with the first half of his career, watching as a Brill Building jazzbo blooms into some sort of horrifying junkyard scarecrow preacher man. If you’ve ever wondered what it sounds like when an iconoclast is still trying to find their voice, the line of albums from Closing Time to Rain Dogs is a good place to start. But it’s also filled with some of the most genuinely beautiful work of his career, packed with bawling ballads and jazzy improv that would fall to the wayside later in his career. So join us as we inaugurate the actual most wonderful time of the year, and maybe—just maybe—learn a little bit about ourselves. Also: Andrew seeks help for his Much Music fever dream, the Melvoin Alert returns, and we all hear the story of how baby Max met the reason for the season.


So Long, I’ll See Ya
Old Shoes (and Picture Postcards)
Ol’ 55
Diamonds on My Windshield
(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night
Eggs and Sausage (Intro)
Big Joe and Phantom 309
Tom Traubert’s Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen)
The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) (An Evening with Pete King)
I Never Talk to Strangers
Kentucky Avenue
Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
Heartattack and Vine
Jersey Girl
Shore Leave
16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought Six
Jockey Full of Bourbon
Hang Down Your Head
Union Square
Anywhere I Lay My Head

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