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#393: Rain Dogs by Tom Waits

5.19.2011


Rain Dogs by Tom Waits (1985)

Favorite Track(s): "Hang Down Your Head" and "Downtown Train"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) Ok! We're going to be optimistic for this album! The last one was a bit of a letdown. The album cover is intriguing, to say the least.

(Post-Listening)

-"Singapore": what the actual f*ck?
-"Clap Hands": why? WHY?
-"Cemetery Polka": No. Stop. Just stop.
-"Jockey Full of Bourbon": Alright.
-"Tango Till They're Sore": Maybe if I was drunk right now.
-"Big Black Mariah": I'm frightened.
-"Diamonds & Gold": I was really hoping that was going to be an incorrectly titled cover of Joan Baez's "Diamonds and Rust."
- "Hang Down Your Head": Reminded me of Bruce Springsteen. YOU WIN THIS ROUND, WAITS.
- "Time": Depressing, so...well done? Hey everyone, the album is improving!
- "Rain Dogs": Nope, we spoke too soon.
- "Midtown (Instrumental)": Ok...
- "9th & Hennepin": Thanks, I needed some more nightmares peppered into my sleep.
- "Gun Street Girl": Fair enough.
- "Union Square": What just happened?
- "Blind Love": I can accept this.
- "Walking Spanish": I do NOT accept this.
- "Downtown Train": So I have to give props where props are due. I didn't know Waits had written this song, and as it is on my Most Holy of Holy Cover Albums, Acoustic by Everything But the Girl, I need to tip my hat. His version isn't even all that awful, either. In fact, I'm also in disbelief he wrote this. It's such a great pop song. But apparently he did. (OR DID HE?)
- "Bride of Rain Dog (Instrumental)": Um. I'm sorry, was that a song?
- "Anywhere I Lay My Head": It's almost over! It's almost over!!!

Conclusion: This album needed to be 11 songs shorter. Or even 16.

Guys, I'm sorry. I really am. I'm just not cut out for Tom Waits. I tried to get on the train, but it kept pushing steam in my face and then all the passengers were giving me the stink eye and I couldn't understand a word the conductor was saying and I don't think I want to go where it's going anyway. Besides, I'm already on the Bruce Springsteen train and there's enough similarities (at least in the Boss' later work) that I should be just fine.

1 comment:

theresa clare said...

Your concluding question and David's response made me laugh out loud.