Sunday, 7 December 2014

The Firewall's 50 Favourite Tom Waits Songs


Today (7th December),legendary musician and actor Tom Waits turns 65 years old.This extremely talented singer-songwriter taught himself how to play the piano in the 1960's and performed his first paid gig in 1970.His debut album,titled 'Closing Time',was released in 1973 and was received with positive critical acclaim.'Closing Time' would be the first of sixteen studio albums to be released by Waits between 1973-2011,there have,also,been a further two soundtrack albums and three live albums.In August 1980,Waits married Kathleen Brennan,and the two would go on to write some of Waits' greatest songs together.On 14th March 2011,Waits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young.As an actor,Waits has 32 credits to his name,with his first coming 1978's 'Paradise Alley',and has since had roles in movies like Bram Stoker's Dracula,The Book of Eli,Seven Psychopaths and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.Waits is a true original,his voice,style and attitude are very unique,and he never needed to be a mainstream success in order to become an icon in the world of music.The best way The Firewall could think to honour him was to trawl through his discography and put together a list of its favourite 50 Tom Waits songs,and here they are! 

50) Hoist That Rag 
Length:4:20
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Real Gone (2004)
Use In Media:Breakfast With Bukowski (2011)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)


49)Big Black Mariah
Length:2:44
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Rain Dogs (1985)
Use In Media:N/A

48)Eyeball Kid
Length:4:25
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Mule Variations (1999)
Use In Media:N/A

47)Chicago
Length:2:15
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Bad As Me (2011)
Use In Media:Lifers (2014)

46)God's Away On Business
Length:2:59
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Blood Money (2002)
Use In Media:Enron:The Smartest Guys In The Room (2005)

45)Bad As Me
Length:3:10
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Bad As Me (2011)
Use In Media:N/A

44)Muriel
Length:3:33
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Foreign Affairs (1977)
Use In Media:N/A

43)Please Wake Me Up
Length:3:36
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Frank's Wild Years (1987)
Use In Media:N/A

42)Virginia Avenue
Length:3:10
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Closing Time (1973)
Use In Media:N/A

41)$29.00
Length:8:15
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Blue Valentine (1978)
Use In Media:Bank Roll (2013)

40)Johnsburg,Illinois
Length:1:30
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Swordfishtrombones (1983)
Use In Media:N/A

39)Diamonds On My Windshield
Length:3:12
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974)
Use In Media:N/A

38)Table Top Joe
Length:4:14
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Alice (2002)
Use In Media:N/A

37)Step Right Up
Length:5:43
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Small Change (1976)
Use In Media:N/A

36)Drunk On The Moon
Length:5:06
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974)
Use In Media:N/A

35)Warm Beer and Cold Women
Length:5:21
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Nighthawks At The Diner (1975)
Use In Media:N/A

34)Kentucky Avenue
Length:4:49
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Blue Valentine (1978)
Use In Media:N/A

33)Romeo Is Bleeding
Length:4:52
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Blue Valentine (1978)
Use In Media:N/A

32)Flower's Grave
Length:4:14
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Alice (2002)
Use In Media:Idiots and Angels (2008)

31)Downtown
Length:4:45
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Heartattack and Vine (1980)
Use In Media:East Of Sunset (2005)
True Blood - Mine (2008)

30)Georgia Lee
Length:4:24
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Mule Variations (1999)
Use In Media:N/A

29)Frank's Theme
Length:1:49
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Frank's Wild Years (1987)
Use In Media:N/A

28)(Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night
Length:3:53
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974)
Use In Media:Limbo (1999)
The Perfect Storm (2000)

27)Heartattack and Vine
Length:4:50
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Heartattack and Vine (1980)
Use In Media:American Virgin (1999)
Hellboy (2004)
East Of Sunset (2005)

26)A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun
Length:5:36
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Blue Valentine (1978)
Use In Media:Tom Waits:A Day In Vienna (1978)

25)Shiver Me Timbers
Length:4:26
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974)
Use In Media:The Bette Midler Show (1976)
Divine Madness (1980)
Numb3rs - Where Credit's Due (2009)

24)Jersey Girl
Length:5:11
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Heartattack and Vine (1980)
Use In Media:Let's Get Lost (1988)
Jersey Girl (1992)
American Heart (1992)
Jersey Girl (2004)
How I Met Your Mother - I Heart NJ (2008)

23)Blue Valentines
Length:5:49
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Blue Valentine (1978)
Use In Media:Parashat Ha-Shavua - BeShalach (2008)

22)Telephone Call From Istanbul
Length:3:12
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Frank's Wild Years (1987)
Use In Media:Generation X (1996)
Chyornaya komnata - Busido (2000)


21)Burma-Shave
Length:6:34
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Foreign Affairs (1977)
Use In Media:N/A

20)Big In Japan
Length:4:05
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Mule Variations (1999)
Use In Media:Gilmore Girls - Application Anxiety (2002)

19)Downtown Train
Length:3:53
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Rain Dogs (1985)
Use In Media:Smoke (1995
How I Met Your Mother - Last Forever:Part Two (2014)


18)Take It With Me
Length:4:24
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Mule Variations (1999)
Use In Media:N/A

17)Midnight Lullaby
Length:3:26
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Closing Time (1973)
Use In Media:N/A

16)Rain Dogs
Length:2:56
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Rain Dogs (1985)
Use In Media:American Carnival (2008)

15)Filipino Box Spring Hog
Length:3:09
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Mule Variations (1999)
Use In Media:N/A

14)Martha
Length:4:30
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Closing Time (1973)
Use In Media:Live From New York:The First 5 Years Of Saturday Night Live (2005)

13)Picture In A Frame
Length:3:39
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Mule Variations (1999)
Use In Media:Bunheads - For Fanny (2012)

12)Please Call Me,Baby
Length:4:25
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974)
Use In Media:Keeping The Faith (2000)
East Of Sunset (2005)


11)New Coat Of Paint
Length:3:23
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974)
Use In Media:East Of Sunset (2005)

10)Ol' '55
Length:3:58
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Closing Time (1973)
Use In Media:Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Live (1994)
Boys On the Side (1995)
Barend en Van Dorp-2nd November (1999)

9)I Don't Wanna Grow Up
Length:2:31
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Bone Machine (1992)
Use In Media:Beavis and Butt-Head - The Final Judgement of Beavis (1994)
La buena vida (1996)
Ramones Raw (2004)
Mama's Boy (2007)
Frost (2008)
Beautiful Losers (2008)
American Carnival (2008)
The Walking Dead - Infected (2013)

8)Goin' Out West 
Length:3:19
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Bone Machine (1992)
Use In Media:Fight Club (1999)

7)16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six
Length:4:30
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Swordfishtrombones (1983)
Use In Media:Edge Of Darkness (1985)

6)Saving All My Love For You 
Length:3:41
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Heartattack and Vine (1980)
Use In Media:N/A

5)Clap Hands
Length:3:47
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Rain Dogs (1985)
Use In Media:Little Criminals (1995)

4)Ice Cream Man
Length:3:05
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Closing Time (1973)
Use In Media:N/A

3)Fumblin' With The Blues
Length:3:02
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974)
Use In Media:N/A

2)Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets To The Wind In Copenhagen)
Length:6:39
Written by:Tom Waits
Album:Small Change (1976)
Use In Media:Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (1988)
Basquiat (1996)
Noviembre (2003)
Fumô chitai (2009)

1)Hold On
Length:5:33
Written by:Tom Waits,Kathleen Brennan
Album:Mule Variations (1999)
Use In Media:The Walking Dead - I Ain't A Judas (2013)

Thanks for reading.If you liked this,you might be interested in The Firewall's Top 50 Singles from The Rolling Stones,here:http://throughthefirewall.blogspot.de/2014/04/the-firewalls-favourite-50-singles-from.html

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