An animated Tom Waits music video is set to be restored for its 35th anniversary.
Tom Waits For No One was made in 1979 and featured rotoscoping technology to capture the singer’s movements before they were animated. In the video – which sees the singer performing his track “The One That Got Away” from his 1976 album Small Change – the cartoon Waits is seduced on a Hollywood street by a female dancer. It was directed by John Lamb. Scroll down to watch the original video.
A Kickstarter appeal will launch later this month in order to help raise funds for the restoration of the video for an exhibition in Los Angeles in March 2015. Funds will go towards the transfer of “the original live action footage of Tom Waits and the video pencil test to a contemporary format to be projected throughout the gallery; restoration and framing of original animation cels for display; and restoration of the Lyon Lamb Video Rotoscope used in the film’s production.” For more information on the project, visit tomwaitsfornoone.squarespace.com.
Meanwhile, Uncut’s Ultimate Music Guide to Tom Waits is in shops now. You can find more information about it here.