Tom Waits Under Review 1983 – 2006 is an 80 minute documentary film, which looks at this extraordinary musician and performer’s music during that period. After Waits’ marriage to Katherine Brennan in 1980, his music became more experimental, challenging and left field, but without any compromise of his craft – the songs were better than ever. Through album after album during the 1980s, the 1990s and the 2000s, Waits stunned his audience time and again.
This program looks again at these records, and the man who made them, and in doing so provides the most enlightening, revealing and downright entertaining Tom Waits documentary yet to emerge.
Tom Waits performances re-assessed by a panel of esteemed experts
Rare interviews, seldom seen footage and unusual photographs from the period
Review, comment and criticism from; Waits producer Bones Howe; Tom Waits’ official biographer, Patrick Humphries; ex-editor of Rolling Stone magazine, Anthony DeCurtis;Village Voice music editor, Robert Christgau; highly respected British music journalist and author, Barney Hoskins (Mojo, NME); Uncut magazine’s Nigel Williamson; Time Out magazine music editor Andrew Mueller, and musician and author Chris Roberts
Footage of and comment on Waits’ most notable musical influences during the period
Live and studio recordings of Waits classics such as; Downtown Train, In The Neighbourhood, Straight To The Top, Innocent When You Dream, Earth Dies Screaming, Clap Hands, Alice, Hoist That Rag and many others
The Interactive Tom Waits Challenge
Full Contributor Biographies