mastodon friends i trust you with this task:
what's a good tom waits album for someone who has a vague idea of what he's about and wants to listen to more but has no idea where he's going
(the someone is me)
which songs are about the SAD CLOWNS
@Ferrovore WE DO NOT SPEAK OF PUDDLES HERE
@itsnero I'm partial to "Rain Dogs" and "Frank's Wild Years", but really anything from the 70s or 80s is a good place to start.
My first album of his was Swordfishtrombones, and it took a little while to really appreciate it, but once I got the hang of it I really loved it.
@itsnero Small Change, maybe The Black Rider if you're looking SPECIFICALLY for sad clown music. i started with Bone Machine, and while i appreciate it now, maybe don't start with Bone Machine
@itsnero there's like three eras of Tom Waits: the seventies dive bar era, the "holy shit the Thirties existed" era, and the Deeply Unsettling Percussion era
@Ormur see a lot of people have said “I started with [x] but I don’t know if it’s a good first album”, so who KNOWS
@itsnero I started almost exactly like you, just trying to get into him without knowing where to start and there are a couple of great songs on Rain Dogs but on the whole what I got from it was liking the idea of Thom Waits more than the whole record. But it made me want to check out more albums at least.
@itsnero I would go with Swordfishtrombones
@itsnero Tom Waits' Early Years Vol. 1.
Heartattack and Vine
When you've gotten through those, you'll be sold.
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