Amazing Album Artwork – TOM WAITS With His 8th LP ‘SWORDFISHTROMBONES’ 40 Years Ago (1983)

Eye-catching album artwork from the past

16 July 2023

Singular voice and songwriter TOM WAITS (now aged 73) released his
outstanding 8th LP, titled SWORDFISHTROMBONES 40 years ago, in 1983.


Back sleeve

AllMusic said: “Artistically, Swordfishtrombones marked an evolution of which Waits had not seemed capable (though there were hints of this sound on his last two Asylum albums), and in career terms it reinvented him.” Score: 5/5.

Artwork: A photograph by Michael E. Rush showing Waits with Angelo Rossitto (1908-1991) an American actor and voice artist who had dwarfism (2’11” / 89 cm) tall, and was often billed as Little Angie or Moe and Lee Kolima (1920-1995), also an actor who started his film career after being a professional wrestler in the 50s.

Kolima also appeared on Bob Dylan‘s album The Basement Tapes.


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Band: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
Active: 1978–1993, 1996–present

Album: PORPUCINE – 3rd LP
Released: 4 February 1983
Score: #2 in the UK

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Band: R.E.M.
Active: 1981-2011

Album: MURMUR – debut LP
Released: 12 April 1983
Score: #36 in the US

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Band: MARK STEWART + THE MAFFIA
Who: One of the adventurous dub projects of
The Pop Group‘s centipede musician Mark Stewart

Album: LEARNING TO COPE WITH COWARDICE – first and last LP
Released: January 1983

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Artist: TOM WAITS
Album: SWORDFISHTROMBONES – 8th LP

Released: 6 March 1983

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Artist: BILLY BRAGG
Album: LIFE’S A RIOT WITH SPY Vs SPY – debut LP
Released: May 1983

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Band: THE FALL
Active: 1976–2018

Album: PERVERTED BY LANGUAGE – 6th LP
Released: 12 December 1983

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Band: CABARET VOLTAIRE
Active: 1973–1994, 2009–2022

Album: THE CRACKDOWN – 3rd LP
released: 18 August 1983

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Band: THE THE
Matt Johnson‘s band

Album: SOUL MINING – debut LP
Released: 21 October 1983

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Band: NEW ORDER
Active: 1980–1993, 1998–2007, 2011–present

Album: POWER, CORRUPTION AND LIES
Their second LP
Released: 2 May 1983
Score: #4 in the UK

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Band: BIG COUNTRY
Active: 981–2000, 2007, 2010–present

Album: THE CROSSING – debut LP
Released: 29 July 1983

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YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1983…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Killer Crackers
and 3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s the sonic diversity of the year 1983

The 25 Killer Crackers

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The 3 Top Albums

‘Porcupine’ by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN

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‘Power, Corruption & Lies’ by NEW ORDER

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– ‘Swordfishtrombones‘ by TOM WAITS

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See/hear you next week for another year…