TOM WAITS – Masterpiece ‘BONE MACHINE’ Released 30 Years Ago Today

Back in time

8 September 2022

Artist: TOM WAITS (72)
Album: BONE MACHINE – 11th LP
Released: 8 September 1992 – 30 years ago today

Rolling Stone Magazine: “Bone Machine, his first full-length studio album since Frank’s Wild Years (1987), continues observing a world of deathly mysteries, half-baked gospel truths and secular ambitions. His drunken bluster to the fore, Waits tramples melodies with an ear for twisting clichés. The music matches Waits’s hollers with plenty of upright bass, late-night piano and over-the-top percussion… Throughout the album lonesome travelers and restless strangers battle their lives with drink, religion and the active search for somewhere better than here… Albums this rich with spiritual longing prove the validity of that effort, no matter the odds.” Score: 4/5.

TUTV: One of Waits’ best, if not THE best. I wonder if he still doesn’t want to grow up.

Stream ‘Bone Machine’ via Spotify.

TOM WAITS: Bio – Discography

TOM WAITS Shares Live Versions Of Two 20 Year Old Songs

14 Augustus 2022

Twenty years ago on the same day, on 7 May 2002, master crooner
TOM WAITS released two albums. ALICE and BLOOD MONEY.

And just out of the blue the sandpaper voice dropped live versions
of 1 track of each album. Seems like the harbinger for more to come.

(From ‘Blood Money’ – recorded in Milan, Italy in 2008)

(From ‘Alice’ – recorded in
London in 2004)

TOM WAITS: Bio – Discography

Amazing Album Artwork Of 5 LPs Turning 30 in 2022

Five eye-catching front covers of LPs turning 30 in 2022

1. Vulgar Display of Power by PANTERA

The LP’s title is taken from a line of 1973 horror classic The Exorcist. The picture is by photographer Brad Guice. The band wanted “something vulgar, like a dude getting punched”.


2. Going Blank Again by RIDE

Cover artwork by British artist Christopher Gunson. He has written and illustrated
many children’s books, including the award-winning Over On The Farm.


3. Bone Machine by TOM WAITS

The cover photo is by Bob Dylan‘s son Jesse. The concept was created by him and Waits.


4. Rage Against The Machine by RAGTM

The cover picture is by journalist/photographer Malcolm Browne. It shows the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, in Saigon in 1963.
The monk was protesting President Ngô Đình Diệm‘s administration for oppressing
the Buddhist religion.


5. Amused To Death by ROGER WATERS

The LP’s artwork features a chimpanzee watching television in reference to
Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Waters: “the ape is symbol for anyone who’s
been sitting with his mouth open in front of the network and cable news.”


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1. ‘Henry’s Dream’ by NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

Released: 27 April 1992 –  7th LP
Charts: #29 in the UK / #41 in Australia

Rolling Stone said: At times Cave veers into melodrama, but his songs
of suffering and sin are still convincing. With the Bad Seeds serving as the
exorcists for Cave’s demons, Henry’s Dream stands as provocative – albeit
harrowing – music.”
Score: 4.5

TUTV: One of my all-time favorite
Bad Nick Cave Seed works

Stream here…


2. ‘Dry’ by PJ HARVEY

Released: 30 March 1992 – her debut LP
Charts: #11 in the UK

Pitchfork wrote: “On her debut, Polly Jean Harvey matched
Patti Smith’s incandescence with Bessie Smith’s lasciviousness,
outplayed everyone on the British indie circuit, and became
an instant star.”
Score: 4.5/5.

TUTV: A masterpiece. Still.

Stream here…


3. ‘Automatic For The People’ by R.E.M.

Released: 5 October 1992 – 8th LP
Charts: #1 in the UK and New Zealand, #2 in the US

AllMusic: “A haunting, melancholy masterpiece… R.E.M. have
never been as emotionally direct as they are here, nor have they
ever created music quite as rich and timeless, and while the record
is not an easy listen, it is the most rewarding record in their oeuvre.”

Score: 5/5.

TUTV: They put a magnum opus
on the moon with this one.

Stream here…


4. ‘Bone Machine’ by TOM WAITS

Released: 8 September 1992 – his 11th LP

Entertainment Weekly wrote: “Bone Machine finds Waits veering
along the midway barking his favorite themes — decadence and death,
purgatory and pain — but beneath his hellacious bellows and grotesque
arrangements lurks a caring, humanist heart.
” Score: 5/5.

TUTV: I wonder if Waits still doesn’t want to grow up.

Stream here…


5. ‘Lazer Guided Melodies’ by SPIRITUALIZED

Released: 20 March 1992 – debut LP
Charts: #27 in the UK

NME said: “There’s awesome, cool dignity here, a depth and
scope far beyond rock’s normal parameters, and an abiding
faith in the redemptive power of music which can embrace
both consoling murmurs and euphoric surges.”
Score: 5/5.

TUTV: The start of a soul-searching
symphonic gospel adventure, still in motion.

Stream here…


6. ‘Rage Against The Machine by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

7. Slanted & Enchanted by PAVEMENT

8. It’s A Shame About Ray by THE LEMONHEADS

9. Code:Selfish by THE FALL

10. ‘The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion by THE BLACK CROWES