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About Tom Waits

If you get far enough away, you'll be on your way back home." With his distinctive vocals, decribed by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding as though it was "soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car," singer Tom waits is nothing if not unique in voice and vision. Lending his more than considerable talent not only to songwriting and musicianship, but to acting and composing, as well, Waits is an experimental force to be reckoned with. His albums Bone Machine and Mule Variations both earned him Grammys, and in 2011 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As much poet and enigma as he is muscian and performer, fans of every genre from blues and jazz to experimental and pre-industrial should have a new or used Tom Waits CD—not to mention a Tom Waits LP—or two in their collection, and eBay is an easy place to find them all. Soundtracks are also a great place to pick up the strains and stylings of Waits, who has loaned, performed, and even rerecorded tracks for television and movies, from contemporary mainstream fare like The Walking Dead, How I Met Your Mother, and True Blood to indie and cult favorites like The Secret Life of Words, Bank Roll, and Breakfast With Bukowski.