Tom Waits – The Dime Store Novels Vol. I (Live 1974)

September 23, 2007 at 10:08 am (blues, music)

Dime Store Novels Vol.I

You all may know Tom Waits, known for his acting in Jim Jarmusch movies like “Night On Earth”, “Coffee And Cigarettes” (together with Iggy Pop) or you may have the Epitaph Punkrocksampler “Punk-O-Rama 4” where he covered the Alphaville song “Big in Japan” which is in my eyes the best cover of this crappy new wave shit.

This one is a real early record, recorded in 1974 live in Ebbetsfiels, Colorado, published in 2002 by EMC records. Interesting is the difference in his voice, the early records are quite different to the records especially after “Small Change”. The topic is the same, stories about outsiders, drop-outs and losers sitting drunken in bars.



He refused any offer of companies to play his songs in commercial ads, he even sued the Opel (General Motors Company) for playing a song of him in a TV commercial

“If Michael Jackson wants to work for Pepsi, why doesn’t he just get himself a suit and an office in their headquarters and be done with it.”

“Apparently the highest compliment our culture grants artists nowadays is to be in an ad—ideally naked and purring on the hood of a new car,”


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