Legendary Barfly TOM WAITS Released Remarkable Ninth Album ‘RAINDOGS’ 35 Years Ago Today

30 September 2020

Artist: Tom Waits
Album: Raindogs – his 9th LP
A concept record about the urban dispossessed of New York City,
Artwork: The man on the cover looks definitely like Waits, but the photo is actually
one of a series taken by the Swedish photographer Anders Petersen at Café Lehmitz (near the Hamburg red-light street called Reeperbahn, where The Beatles used to play gigs in small clubs in the early days) in the late 1960s. The man and woman on the front sleeve are called Rose and Lilly.

Released: 30 September 1985 – 35 years ago today

AllMusic/William Ruhlmann : “With its jarring rhythms and unusual instrumentation – marimba, accordion, various percussion – as well as its frequently surreal lyrics, Rain Dogs is very much a follow-up to Swordfishtrombones, which is to say that it sounds for the most part like The Threepenny Opera being sung by Howlin’ Wolf… Waits occasionally borders on the chaotic, but much of the music matches the earlier album, and there is so much of it that,
that it’s enough to qualify ‘Rain Dogs’ as one of Waits’ better albums.”
Score: 5/5.

Tom Waits: “I didn’t really want to be part of a clique or a niche. But I also was
looking for my own voice, as a writer, y’know? And a world I could call my own.”

Turn Up The Volume: “Waits is the best barfly singer-songwriter ever.”

Full album…

TOM WAITS: Facebook

5 Impressive Albums Turning 35 in 2020…

The best of the past

Here are 5 Impressive Albums, selected by
Turn Up The Volume, turning 35 in 2020!

1. ‘Low-life’ by NEW ORDER

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2. ‘Rum Sodomy & The Lash’ by THE POGUES


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3. ‘This Nation’s Saving Grace’ by THE FALL

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4. ‘Psychocandy’ by THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN


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5. ‘Raindogs’ by TOM WAITS

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Weekly series of five rolling ripsnorters to go bananas to this summer

A new week! Here are five legendary singer/songwriters turning up the temperature…

1. ‘I Don’t Wanna To Grow Up’ by TOM WAITS
(Album: Bone Machine – 1992)

2. ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’ by NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
(Album: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! – 2008)

3. ‘Downtown’ by NEIL YOUNG
(Album: Mirror Ball – 1995)

4. ‘Baby Let Me Follow You Down’ by BOB DYLAN and THE BAND
(Album: The Last Waltz – original soundtrack 1978)

5. ‘Seventeen’ by SHARON VAN ETTEN
(Album: Remind Me Tomorrow – 2019)

All 60 Summer Bangers so far
collected here on Spotify

See/hear you next week, music junkies…


16 April 2019

Living legend TOM WAITS released his 12th studio album MULE VARIATIONS today
20 years ago, on 16 April 1999. It won a Grammy for ‘Best Contemporary Folk Album‘.
Folk album? Sounds more like a heartfelt blues record to my ears. Whatever. Big one.

Turn Up The Volume‘s favorite tracks: Big In Japan / Hold On /
Cold Water / Filipino Box Spring Hog





Album in full…

TOM WAITS: Facebook – All Albums

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

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…