It's not too dramatic to say that this album was life changing. Introduced to me by my sister, these songs, which sounded like nothing else I'd ever heard before, began a young obsession with their creator and his career.
By the time I entered college I had every album and wore a pin that said “Tom Waits for No One”, which was promptly stolen.
Rain Dogs is from the more unusual side of his catalog and blew my mind with its experimental instrumentation and cabaret style surrealism. The title song is a favorite, as well as 'Singapore', 'Clap Hands', and 'Jockey Full of Bourbon'. But with 19 songs total, I'm sure you'll find your favorites too.
But what do you think?
What do I think? Well, life changing for sure. Tom Waits always proves to be the best one to get drunk and cry with. I first heard “Jockey Full of Bourbon” and “Tango Till They’re Sore” while riding in a convertible next to the most stunning girl. Spring 1996, Colorado Springs, half a life ago. I can’t listen to the songs without thinking of her. Two days later I ran into that same stunning girl on the street–by happenstance as it seemed but surely not. She handed me my very own compact disc of RAIN DOGS, which I have to this day. It was like he’d just been waiting to make my acquaintance. Grace abounding indeed. A priceless gift truly.