Tom Waits, The Heart of Saturday Night (1974)
I come and go with Tom Waits but in some ways this is my favourite albums of his, the most special to me might be the better way to put it. I discovered it as a CD – and it needed to be that way. You see I had my own tiny little stint at being a bar-fly of a type; not quite the type (or level) that Waits was working at here. But something like it. I had my clichés I enjoyed at the time: smoking at the bar and ordering cocktails or whatever…reading Bukowski (sometimes even at the bar). I should cringe at this shit now, and perhaps I am. Hilariously, at least I can still find this funny, I’d go to a bar on the night the dole came in and I’d rack up drinks on a “tab” – I’d have to wait until midnight for the dole to click over into the account to be able to pay for it. There was Motel and the Fishbowl; the two bars in Wellington I frequented, felt like “a local”, strange prize. In both bars, at different times, I’d take in favourite albums that I thought suited the place. This was one of them. I lost several copies along the way, left them in bars, donated them, gave them to friends. Finally, many years later I found the LP, decided I should have it. I can’t listen to it all the time, or even that often. But it’s a lovely reminder of a strange – weird, deeply odd – time in my life. A time when music led me astray. And was also – of course – a saviour.
Sample Track: New Coat of Paint
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