Quote: I was introduced to him from a very close friend and for several months thought he was a large black man. Then I saw the Big Time movie... I was absolutely hooked at that point :Quote -JJ_Blackrider23
Thank you Mister JJ Blackrider for all your hard work in making this site - also thanks for your well-thought-out FAQ page witch was very helpful to me and Im sure to all the other recent signups... I will try to follow the rules as such they are but dont hesitate to knock me on the head if I mess up... and Im sure u wont - hesitate that is.
Its great of you consider all the new members in starting this thread... I was just thinkin that maybe a thread on how people first heard about or heard or saw Tom and here it is!
A big roundofapplaus and lets hear it for all the sweat-dripping fans out there in tomwaitsfanforumsland...
When I was about 17. 18. 19 I use to go to the local music shops and persue thru the "Rock" and whatever section to see what I could find... unless it was a perticulaarly hip music store, u know, it used to be just, Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz, Classical, SOundtracks...I think RAP was like, a baby or foetal category when this story went down... well, I wood look for something that just caught my eye and if I never heard of it before so much the better, roll the dice and take it home... in this way I found stuff like Velvet underground, Patti smith, captain Beefheart, etc... so one nite I found a cassete (haha) called BLUE VALENTINE Tom Waits (ironicaly I also "discovered" Rickie Lee J. at around the same time) ... upon first listening I was CONVINCED that the singer was a Black man... in fact of first hearing "Somewhere" I thot that it must be a mislabeled Louis Armstrong recording! This was around the time that SWORDFISHTROMBONES came out, and soon I had that cassete too, strange how very different it sounded than VALENTINE (...tho they both went well with whiskey sours and Mickeys ML...) so I was further intrigued by the enigmatic musician... and remain so to this day.
BTW, I would be intersted to know, has TW ever said much on the subject of the sharp turn his music took in the direction of SFT, RAINDOGS, etc? As in, direct inspiration, concious motivation, etc? Obviosly whereas some pissant of pop mite make a stylistic career move based on there record comapny's focus group, whatever guided Tom in this new direction was surely organicaly homegrown... Im sure his wife had something to do with it, but I'd appreciate any thoughts anybody can provide... or even theories if he has never chosen to address the subject.