Rain Dogs Tom Waits

Heh—that's another Man Who Melted Jack Dann item.

Recently purchased Rain Dogs from the iTunes Music Store; been intending to get it for years. Oddly, it's pretty much the only Waits music I like, but I like it a fair bit. This morning, looking for something else entirely, I stumbled across a 1985 Village Voice review of the album; I wouldn't necessarily agree with the whole review, but I think it does give a sense of what the album is like. For those with iTunes 4, here's a link that might work: Rain Dogs (but if you want the whole album, follow one of the links to it from that search-results page, 'cause you can get all 19 songs for $10). (See "How to Link to Items in the iTunes Store" for more info on linking to iTunes Music Store searches. I was going to provide an HTTP link to the search for people who don't have iTunes 4 (as that article suggests), but the HTTP link brought up a page of random garbage, so I decided not to.)

4 Responses to “Rain Dogs Tom Waits”

  1. David Moles

    Rain Dogs was the first Tom Waits album I was exposed to, and is still probably my favorite. But if you haven’t already, you maybe ought to give Frank’s Wild Years, SwordfishTrombones, and Bone Machine — from about the same period — a listen.

  2. David Moles

    The Voice review is interesting. It never occurred to me that the album was supposed to be about New York. Is that for real, I wonder, or just the Voice’s navel-gazing?

  3. Zak

    Um… I’m really pretty sure Rain Dogs isn’t about NYC. I’m sure parts of it are, but it’s really silly to say the album is when one song explicitly takes place in Minneapolis and another is about Singapore (and if you really wanna think it’s a metaphorical version of Singapore I can’t stop ya, but the song is basically pure nonsense in the vein of Nottamun Town).

    Besides, Tom Waits is from LA, not NYC.

    And while I like Rain Dogs a lot, my personal favorite album is Bone Machine because it’s so savage and tired

  4. Karen

    When I hear anything from Rain Dogs these days, I always picture Tot, age 1 year, stomping around gleefully to “Clap Hands”. He did this kind of stumpy dwarfish dance and you’d be surprised how well it went with the song. Now it’s forever dwarf music to me.


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