Tom Waits, Swordfishtrombones (1983)
I’m sure nearly every Tom Waits album has been my favourite for a time – but this one became The One (for a while) on the advice of one of the great musical mentors that passed through my education at a formative time: Seamus, he of Fisheye Discs (and Tower Music before that). I was sold on Tom, and digging Blue Valentine the most. And I had heard a few others…so I asked Seamus for a recommendation. He suggested this. And I’d heard many of the great songs from this via the Beautiful Maladies compilation (in fact that was probably a suggestion from him, I seem to recall buying it from his shop at any rate). And then it was off to explore more of the albums. With time I’ve settled on Rain Dogs over this – but there wouldn’t have been a Rain Dogs without this. And this record made a lot of sense to me as the “new” sound following the Blue Valentine years.
Sample Track: 16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six
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