Roll up, roll up, for the latest in Uncut’s legendary and extravagant Ultimate Music Guides. This time, our subject is none other than Tom Waits – radical beatnik, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the past 50 years, and a true American original. Once again, we’ve gone deep into the archives of NME, Melody Maker and Uncut to fish out the wildest and most surreal interviews with Waits, a man whose stories are every bit as good as his songs.
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.