Thursday, October 11, 2007

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

There's not much to say about this one. The best Waits LP, possibly the best thing that the 80's produced. I first heard it in high school, and this is the only album that I did not outgrow. A friend lent me a Hendrix tape, and on the other side it had this Waits dude. All other music from my high school years became obsolete or irrelevant, but this one is truly timeless. I don't know why I should share it, I bet everybody has it already. But for the sake of Quine retrospective, I'll put it up. Quine only plays on Blind Love (with Keith Richards) and Downtown Train. Marc Ribot is playing here on most songs, and all other Waits guitarists try to emulate his sound here ever since.
P.S. Some useless pop-culture trivia: in the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, there is an episode where the main character is getting his memories erased, and all the things that he is forgetting flash on the screen in sequence. One of them was the cover of Rain Dogs.
I was horrified, I truly was. How can someone voluntarily forget Rain Dogs? For me, it would be taking a cornerstone from under myself.
P.P.S. For the record, I think that the greatest guitar solo in history is played by Ribot on Jockey Full Of Bourbon.

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
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01. Singapore
02. Clap Hands
03. Cemetery Polka
04. Jockey Full Of Bourbon
05. Tango 'Til They're Sore
06. Big Black Mariah
07. Diamonds & Gold
08. Hang Down Your Head
09. Time
10. Rain Dogs
11. Midtown [Instrumental]
12. 9th & Hennepin
13. Gun Street Girl
14. Union Square
15. Blind Love
16. Walking Spanish
17. Downtown Train
18. Bride Of Rain Dog [Instrumental]
19. Anywhere I Lay My Head


  1. Thank you so much. Marc ribot is a baddass. Check him out on the Robert Plant Allison Krauss thing. Anyway, can't find my "Dogs" cd and I appreciate the fix. Love.

  2. This is the greatest blog I've come across in the past few days. And you live in San Francisco as well! Ah, what a sainted existence you must live.

  3. Link isn't working. Could you re-up?

  4. Oh how I wish this link was up :(