To celebrate the release of our Ultimate Music Guide on Tom Waits, we thought we'd compile a list of 10 great clips from Waits' formidable career.

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To celebrate the release of our Ultimate Music Guide on Tom Waits, we thought we’d compile a list of 10 great clips from Waits’ formidable career.



So for your delectation, here’s some cuts – from live performances to film roles and his hilarious chat show appearances – that we hope catch the spirit of one of our most beloved musicians.

Our clips run from early UK TV performances on Old Grey Whistle Test through to a poetry reading, a fishing trip to Jamaica with John Lurie, facing down Iggy Pop in a Jim Jarmusch… and culminating with his appearance duetting with Mick Jagger at a Rolling Stones’ show from last year.

Enjoy!

“Tom Traubert’s Blues”

live on the Old Grey Whistle Test (1975)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhHkMKQ95w4

“16 Shells From A30.6” / “Cemetery Polka” / “In the Neighborhood”

live on The Tube (1985)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpxaPCNcU1g

Charles Bukowski’s “The Laughing Heart”‬

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhM-Dm2PHHo

From Fishing With John

(1991)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdLyt2EsQ0Q&list=PLPV3nUyTvwwoKt_OXtqNqy6QPCOgD8Ium

“Jersey Girl”

VH1 Storytellers (1999)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDAu-jdXd_c

“Chocolate Jesus”

live on Letterman (1999)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wfamPW3Eaw

From Coffee And Cigarettes

(2003)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49tTzEifY6M

Glitter And Doom press conference

(2008)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOrG1r3S6ZA

Interview on the Jimmy Fallon Show

(2012)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_prEyjUT6o

“Little Red Rooster”

live with the Rolling Stones (2013)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gc-2pm6GoU

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