In one of my favorite films Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, one of the things associated with Clementine that Joel brought in to the memory deletion company was a CD of Tom's Rain Dogs. This is seen during a montage of items (sorry, couldn't find a clip of it). She certainly seems like she'd be a Waits fan!
Also, and I didn't make this connection until recently, Clementine makes a drink for Joel called Blue Ruin, and her hair dye color is named Blue Ruin. It wasn't until I was listening to 9th & Hennepin a couple days ago and heard that line, "and a clock ticks out like a dripping faucet, 'til you're full of rag water, bitters, and blue ruin."
The script was written by Charlie Kaufman; I guess he must've been listening to Rain Dogs a lot when he wrote it.
Okay, shit I just read the script
, or at least relevant sections. The original script calls out Tom Waits! This is when they're talking on the train, but it wasn't in the film. Get a load of this:
I noticed your hair. I guess it made an
impression on me, that's why I was pretty
sure I recognized you.
Ah, the hair.
(pulls a strand in front of her
eyes, studies it)
Blue, right? It's called Blue Ruin. The
color. Snappy name, huh?
I like it.
Blue ruin is cheap gin in case you were
Yeah. Tom Waits says it in --
Exactly! Tom Waits. Which song?
I can't remember.
and this part wasn't in the film, either, when he's driving her home from the station:
Look, I'm very sorry I came off sort of
nutso. I'm not really.
It's okay. I didn't think you were.
There's a silence.
So you like bookstores, huh?
I like to read.
Me too. It is Rain Dogs, by the way.
Yeah? I can't remember that album very
well. I remember liking it. But --
The song's 9th and Hennepin. I spent
most of the train ride trying to
remember. "Till you're full of rag water
and bitters and blue ruin/And you spill
out/Over the side to anyone who'll
Sort of, um...
Remember? "And you take on the dreams of
the ones who have slept there/And I'm
lost in the window/I hide on the
stairway/I hang in the curtain/I sleep in
(starts to cry)
Oh, shit. I'm so stupid. Sorry.
I'm just a bit of a wreck. "I sleep in
your hat" makes me cry.
(pointing to a house)
Joel pulls over.
Wow, I'm glad I wrote this post now!