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Tom Waits for No One (1979)

Waits sings on the streets.

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The title is a pun, based on the saying, "Time waits for no one." See more »

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Tom Waits: You lose some... You win some...
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The One That Got Away
Written and Performed by Tom Waits
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It really helps to like Waits' jazzy Nighthawks-era stuff, otherwise it is just a curio
31 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was drawn to this animation by the pun title and the use of Tom Waits himself. I find the man's music to be so variable and can be moved and love one track only the next to find myself wondering what the hell mess was that Fozzy Bear appeared to be stumbling over. Luckily for me I do quite like the low jazzy lounge lizard stuff that he did on Nighthawks at the Diner and similar albums and I mention this because this is the style that the song used here is in. The track is "The One That Got Away" and it plays out in a rumbling low jazzman style while the animation shows Tom Waits and an undressing teasing beauty on a dark street.

The music is good if you like this track (which I mostly do – not his best for sure but enjoyable) and it at least works with the animation. Visually the film is technically impressive as it was rotoscoped; animated frame by frame on top of a filmed live images. Problem is that the movement and content doesn't really change and once the novelty of an animated Waits starts to fade there is not too much else coming in to take its place. Waits fans will like it as much for the track as the animation, but those who don't care for the music will find almost nothing else here to really like other than it being a curio.


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