Of course, those titles merely scratch the surface of what he has released. They represent the most accessible of his albums. Since the early ‘70s, Tom Waits has provided his recognizable voice to more than a few albums garnering praises and die-hard fans of his inimitable style as he went along.
But music has not been his only foray into the art of entertainment. Since the late ‘70s, Waits has had small parts in films that established him as a unique character in many of them.
I still remember his turn as Renfield in Coppola’s Dracula, coming close to Dwight Frye’s display as the insane instrument of Dracula in the 1931 Browning version. In addition to many film appearances, Tom Waits has contributed to as many film soundtracks.
Needless to say, Tom Waits have given a many fans gratifying moments with the many places that he has been - and continue to go. On October 24, Tom Waits will release his latest album, Bad As Me.
Bad As Me is Tom Waits’ first studio release in seven years following Real Gone (2004). Real Gone received plenty of praise for its content including a political questioning of the Iraqi war in “Day After Tomorrow.” Bad As Me contains thirteen tracks of varied Waits originals, some of them ballads, some hard-edged tunes, all of them pure Tom Waits.
The full album is streaming before its actual release although it is not as easy to access as merely going to a website and clicking on a link. Instead, Tom Waits goes the Spotify route with a handout of codes that give you admission to the complete stream.
By navigating to the album’s promotional site, you can do one of two things. The first is, of course, to input your given code and get redirected to the stream. Heaven for Waits fans. But, if you don’t have the code, the same site will give you a chance to acquire one by inputting your first and last name, and an email address. And as with Spotify, the wait is on for the code. As it is with most Waits albums, it’s a reasonable bet that you won’t be disappointed with what you’ll hear.
For instant gratification, a visit to Tom Waits' website will provide you with two immediate song streams (“Back In The Crowd,” “Bad As Me”) along with lyrics. If you’re a fan, you now have no excuses.