Speakeasy (1974)
Soundstage Show #208 (1975)
Dinah! (1976)
The Old Grey Whistle Test (1976)
Sange Efter Lukketid (1976)
The Mike Douglas Show (1976)
Saturday Night Live (1977)
Rockpalast (1977)
The Old Grey Whistle Test (1977)
Fernwood 2Night (1977)
Tienerklanken (1977)
90 Minutes Live (1978)
America 2Night (1978)
Tom Waits And Leon Redbone Commercial (1978)
Austin City Limits (1978)
Canada After Dark (1979)
A Day In Vienna (1979)
The Old Grey Whistle Test (1979)
Chorus (1979)
Don Lane Show (1979)
Tonight In Person (1979)
Roadshow (1980)
CBC TV special (1980)
Palace 1 (1981)
T�l�-Jazz - Montreal Jazz Festival (1981)
Don Lane Show (1981)
One From The Heart: Reportage (1982)
Zoetrope People (1982)
Smothers Brothers TV Special (1982)
Poetry in Motion (1982)
En Sc�ne - Montreal Jazz Festival (ca. 1983)
Loose Talk (1983)
Late Night With David Letterman (1983)
The Tube (1985)
Late Night With David Letterman (1985)
Cutting Edge interview (1986)
L'altra America (1986)
Candy Mountain (1987)
The Limo Interview (1987)
The Best of the Cutting Edge, Volume II (1987)
Late Night With David Letterman (1987)
Filmkr�nikan interview (1987/ 1988)
Big Time (1988)
The Blue Spotlight (1988)
Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night (1988)
Late Night with David Letterman (1988)
Rapido Interview (1988)
Greasy Lake (1988)
Red Hot + Blue, A Tribute To Cole Porter (1990)
The Black Rider - Der Schwarze Reiter (1990)
Night Flight Profile (1991)
The Garage Tapes (1992)
Gente de Express�o (1992)
The Arsenio Hall Show (1992)
Egos And Icons: Tom Waits Skid Romeo (1992)
Fishing with John (1992)
Visions D'Alice (1993)
Luck, Trust & Ketchup (1993)
Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight (1997)
Videoplasty (1999)
VH-1 Storytellers (1999)
Late Show with David Letterman (1999)
Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2000)
Polish TV-4 documentary (2000)
Waits - Wilson Woyzeck interview (2000)
EuroNews Woyzeck coverage (2000)
ZDF Woyzeck coverage (2000)
Freedom Highway - Songs That Shaped a Century/ Songs of Resistance and liberation (2001)
Late Show with David Letterman (2002)
We're All Mad Here (2002)
The Old Grey Whistle Test (2003)
Bukowski: Born Into This (2003)
One From The Heart (2004)
Late Show with David Letterman (2004)
Real Gone tour VRT+ news coverage (Belgium, 2004)
Real Gone tour ARD news coverage (Germany, 2004)
Real Gone tour NOS news coverage (The Netherlands, 2004)
Red Hot + Blue, A Tribute To Cole Porter (2006)
Burma Shave (2006)
Tom Waits - Under Review 1971-1982 (2006)
Absolute Wilson (2006)
Late Show With David Letterman (2006)
Daily Show With Jon Stewart (2006)
Late Show With Conan O'Brien (2007)
Tom Waits Under Review: 1983-2006 (2007)
One Fast Move Or I'm Gone - Kerouac's Big Sur (2008)


Speakeasy (1974)

TW: musical performer.
US television talk show (WNBC-4, New York). September 7, 1974 (show nr. 3). Hosted by Chip Monck. Interview with Frank Zappa, with Waits performing "Ol' '55" and "Ghosts Of Saturday Night" (on tape?). Guests: Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Clive Davis and Richard Perry



Soundstage Show #208 (1975)

TW: musical performer.
PBS television show on Tom Waits and Mose Allison. Chicago/ USA (aired December 22, 1975, recorded November 3, 1975 or earlier). Performs: "Eggs And Sausage", "Semi-Suite", "Diamonds On My Windshield", "Drunk On The Moon", "Better Off Without A Wife", "Nighthawk Postcards", "The Heart Of Saturday Night" and "San Diego Serenade". With Kenny Soderblum on alto sax and Jim Atlas on upright bass.
Jay S. Jacobs (2000): "He was invited to perform live on the PBS show Soundstage. Heightening the thrill factor for Waits was the knowledge that he would be sharing the bill with his Iong time idol Mose Allison. The segment's highlight is the opening number, Waits's dramatic a capella performance of "Eggs and Sausage." Wearing a ratty black sports coat, a loose tie, and a brown beret, he sits at the counter of a real diner, cigarette in hand. Around him we glimpse tired waitresses, bored patrons, sizzling burgers. His only musical accompaniment is the snapping of his fingers and the slapping of his leg. Finishing the tune, he turns to a waitress and asks for another cup of coffee." (Source: "Wild Years, The Music and Myth of Tom Waits". Jay S. Jacobs, ECW Press 2000)



Dinah! (1976)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
Syndicated/ CBS television talkshow with Dinah Shore/ USA (Interview and "Warm Beer And Cold Women"). With Joey Bishop, James Coco and Bert Convy. Aired February 3, 1976 (recorded January 13, 1976). Performs "Warm Beer and Cold Women".
Tom Waits (1976): "I must admit that I hoisted up six tall cool ones in the back with the stage crew, before I actually went out into the limelight, and I got to sing one song and sit on the panel...she had a good personality. It was a little awkward I must admit. I was at the end of the couch....but they talked to me, they tolerated me..." (Source: unidentified BBC Interview, 1976)



The Old Grey Whistle Test (1976)

TW: musical performer
BBC television live music show with Bob Harris. London/ UK. Tom Waits performing "The Piano Has Been Drinking" (recorded March 1976, aired May 1976)



Sange Efter Lukketid (1976)

TW: musical performer.
DR2 television live music show. Copenhagen/ Denmark: June, 1976 (rebroadcast on DR2: October 12, 2001). Directed by Ole Koefoed, produced by Edmondt Jensen. Tom Waits performing: "The Ghosts Of Saturday Night", "New Coat Of Paint", "Warm Beer Cold Women", "Please Call Me Baby", "Bad Liver And A Broken Heart", "Semi Suite" and "Spare Parts I". Ensemble: Frank Vicari: tenor saxophone. Dr. Fitz(gerald) Jenkins: upright bass. Chip White: drums



The Mike Douglas Show (1976)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
CBS television talkshow with Mike Douglas. Philadelphia/ USA. Interview and performance of "Eggs and Sausage" and "Small Change" (recorded November 17, aired November 19 1976). Rebroadcast by VH1/ USA in 1997: "Mike Douglas Anniversary Show".
Transcript



Saturday Night Live (1977)

TW: musical performer.
NBC television comedy show. Studio 8-H: New York/ USA. Tom Wats performing "Eggs And Sausage" (aired April 09, 1977). Rebroadcast by MTV/ USA.



Rockpalast (1977)

TW: musical performer.
WDR television concert documentary. WDR Studio's/ Studio-L. Cologne/ Germany (aired April 18, 1977). With Frank Vicari (tenor saxophone), Fitz Jenkins (upright bass), Chip White (drums). Performs: "Step Right Up", "Invitation To The Blues / Eggs And Sausage", "Depot, Depot", "Jitterbug Boy", "Pasties And A G-String", "I Wish I Was In New Orleans", "Fumblin' With The Blues", "Semi Suite", "Emotional Weather Report", "Bad Liver And A Broken Heart", "New Coat Of Paint", "I Can't Wait To Get Off Work", "The One That Got Away", "Small Change", "Band Intro", "Tom Traubert's Blues"



The Old Grey Whistle Test (1977)

TW: musical performer
BBC television live music show with Bob Harris. London/ UK. May 3, 1977. Tom Waits performing "Small Change" and "Tom Traubert's Blues".



Fernwood 2Night (1977)

TW: musical performer and interviewee/ actor.
Syndicated television comedy show with Martin Mull and Fred Willard/ USA. Interview and Tom Waits performimng "The Piano Has Been Drinking" (solo at the piano). Broadcast August 1, 1977. sequel 21.
Transcript



Tienerklanken (1977)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
Waits solo at the piano talking and playing (parts of) :"Bad Liver", "Pasties and a G-string" and "Tom Traubert's Blues". Aired September 28, 1977 on Belgian TV channel BRT.



90 Minutes Live (1978)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
Interview with Flo and Eddie for CBC, recorded in Waits' room at the Tropicana. April 6, 1978. Performs: "Annie's Back In Town", and "Burma Shave".
Transcript



America 2Night (1978)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
Syndicated television comedy show with Martin Mull and Fred Willard/ USA. Interview and Tom Waits performing "Better Off Without A Wife" (solo at the piano). Broadcast May 25, 1978. sequel 34).
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Tom Waits And Leon Redbone Commercial (1978)

TW: musical performer/ actor.
TV commercial promoting the upcoming tour of Tom Waits and Leon Redbone (October/ November, 1978). By Ethan Russell, ca. August, 1978. Ethan Russell: "The circumstance: Tom Waits and Leon Redbone about to go on the road together. The need: A TV spot to announce it. The location: A stage in Hollywood. The schedule: One afternoon, no script. The voice-over for the spot is completely improvised by Waits. The conceit: Two grumbling malcontents sitting underneath a lamppost. Since this quite hilarious moment is completely lost as far as I know, I transcribe it for you here.: Sound FX: Whistling. Guitar strums in background. Waits: "The deterioration of the moral fiber of our young people is at an all time high." Cut: Leon plays a cascade of steel notes that ends in a distorted, percussive chord. Horns up in the background. Waits: "I've had it with the heat. I've had it with the girls. I've had it with the hotel. I've had it with the Thunderbird. I've had it. I've had it. I've had it." Cut: A growl as Waits in performance turns into the microphone. His vamping is guttural: "Oooh, ah ooh...." Waits: "I try to develop a great deal of patience. I mean if you want something done right you've.... Waits and Redbone together: "...got to do it yourself." (Leon chuckles.) Cut: Leon singing: "O do dat doo o do dat doo da da da dee eee eee." Cut: Waits singing: "Ahhh step right up....ahhh step right up..." (Source: Ethan Russell official site. Copyright � Ethan Russell 1967-2004. All rights reserved)



Austin City Limits (1978)

TW: musical performer.
PBS television concert documentary. KLRU-TV Studio, 6th Floor of UT Communications Building B, University Of Texas. Austin/ USA (recorded December 5, 1978, broadcast April 28/ March 24, 1979, rebroadcast in 2000). Performances of: "Burma Shave", "Annie's Back In Town", "I Wish I Was In New Orleans", "Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun", "On The Nickel", "Romeo Is Bleeding", "Christmas Card From A Hooker" and "Small Change" (with: Herbert Hardesty, Arthur Richards, John Tomassie and Greg Cohen)



Canada After Dark (1979)

TW: musical performer.
Canadian unidentified television show (broadcast January 05, 1979). Performs "On The Nickel" and "Burma Shave" (taken from Austin City Limits 1978?)



A Day In Vienna (1979)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
Austrian television concert documentary. Concerthaus. Vienna/ Austria (recorded April 19, 1979, credits state: "April 19th 1978"). Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher. Staged on location and backstage footage. Performs live on stage (with Herbert Hardesty: tenor saxophone. Arthur Richards?: bassguitar. John Tomassie: drums): "A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun", "Pasties And A G-String", "Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis" and at the Moulin Rouge (solo at the piano) "I Can't Wait To Get Off Work".



The Old Grey Whistle Test (1979)

TW: musical performer.
BBC television live music show with Bob Harris. London/ UK (lists as: July 1979 and April 24, 1979). Rebroadcast by VH1. Performs "Burma Shave" (unidentified ensemble).



Chorus (1979)

TW: musical performer.
French unidentified ORTF/ Antenne-2 television concert documentary. Theatre Le Palace (?). Paris/ France (aired April 1979). Performs: "Pasties And A G-String", "Jitterbug Boy", "I Never Talk To Strangers", "Muriel" and "Burma Shave" (w. Herbert Hardesty, Greg Cohen, ?, ?)



Don Lane Show (1979)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
Australian talkshow with Don Lane (broadcast April 30, 1979). Interview and performance of "On The Nickel" and "Tom Traubert's Blues".
Transcript



Tonight In Person (1979)

TW: musical performer.
BBC television concert documentary filmed at the BBC television Theatre, London/ UK (aired July 26, 1979). Shortened version rebroadcast in 1998 in "Later on... Tom Waits" (aka "Later With Jools Holland", presented by Jools Holland. Producer: Serena Cross. Executive Producer: Mark Cooper. BBC, 1998 for UK-Arena). Performs: "Wrong Side Of The Road", "With A Suitcase", "I Never Talk To Strangers", "Step Right Up", "On The Nickel", "Red Shoes", "Burma Shave", "Kentucky Avenue", "Small Change" and "Closing Time (from tape or played by other musician)"



Roadshow (1980)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
WMAQ-Channel 5 (NBC) television program. Starring: John Candy, Greta Blackburn, Julie Brown, Greg Monaghan, Rick Overton, Budge Threlkeld, Father Guido Sarducci. Directed by: Chuck Braverman. The 90-minute pilot from November 29, 1980 has an interview and two live songs ("Heartattack And Vine", "Jersey Girl") from a pre-recorded show at the Park West Theatre: Chicago/ USA. November 11, 1980.



CBC TV special (1980)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
Unidentified Canadian CBC TV show from November 1980. Interview and footage of Waits and Kathleen Brennan backstage at Convocation Hall, Toronto/ Canada November 19, 1980 and of Waits performing "Annie's Back In Town" (from "90 Minutes Live", 1978) and on stage. Same footage also shown in "Egos And Icons: Tom Waits Skid Romeo (1992)"
Transcript



Palace 1 (1981)

TW: musical performer.
Live show recorded for TF1 television at "Le Palace" Paris/ France (March, 1981). With Teddy Edwards: tenor saxophone, Ronnie Barron: organ, Greg Cohen: upright bass, ..?..: drums. "Une emission proposee par Guy Saguez et Guy Seligmann. � T.F.1 - Palace - Sodaperaga." "C'etait: Palace 1. Avec: Millie Jackson, Spandau Ballet, Tom Waits. R�alisation: Guy Saguez. Producteur Ex�cutif: Sodaperaga. Co-production: T.F.1 - Sodaperaga. 1981 T.F.1 - Sodaperaga, Palace. Same recording also released on the audio bootleg "I'm A Jack-Off Of All Trades, 1980". Performs: "Heartattack And Vine", "Till The Money Runs Out", "Annie's Back In Town", "I Wish I Was In New Orleans", "Wrong Side Of The Road", "Jersey Girl" and "Step Right Up"



T�l�-Jazz - Montreal Jazz Festival (1981)

TW: musical performer.
Canadian television concert documentary (same as "En Sc�ne, 1982" footage). Expo Theatre, Montreal/ Canada (recorded July 03, 1981). T�l�-Jazz, Canada (production of Montreal Jazz Festival). With Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone) and Greg Cohen (upright bass). Performs: "The One That Got Away", "Annie's Back In Town", "I Wish I Was In New Orleans", "$29.00", "Pasties & A G-String", "Empty Pockets", "Broken Bicycles", "Tango", "Invitation To The Blues", "Eggs And Sausage", "On The Nickel", "Mr. Seigal", "Tom Traubert's Blues"



Don Lane Show (1981)

TW: interviewee.
Australian talkshow with Don Lane (broadcast September 1981). Interview and performs "Mr. Siegal" (w. Teddy Edwards and Greg Cohen).
Transcript



One From The Heart: Reportage (1982)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
French documentary for TF1 television. Directed by Jean-Claude Arie. Date: Los Angeles. January 5, 1982. Copyright TF1 1982. With Greg Cohen. Performs: "I Beg Your Pardon", "Take Me Home", "Broken Bicycles" and "Tango". Short clips from the movie One From The Heart.
Transcript



Zoetrope People (1982)

TW: musical performer.
Dutch doumentary on Francis Ford Coppola and his studio with Wim Wenders, Tom Waits, Vittorio Storraro and others. Directed by Frank Scheffer.



Smothers Brothers TV Special (1982)

TW: musical performer.
CBS TV special with the Smothers Brothers. Los Angeles/ USA (broadcast October 28, 1982). Performs "Old Boyfriends". Unidentified ensemble.



Poetry in Motion (1982)

TW: musical performer.
TV documentary directed by Ron Mann. Released on video by Miramax in 1982, released on LD/ CD-ROM by Voyager Press (the Criterion company) in 1992 (VP1020L). Tom Waits performing "Smuggler's Waltz" (aka. ''Bronx Lullaby")
Transcript



En Sc�ne - Montreal Jazz Festival (ca. 1983)

TW: musical performer.
Canadian television concert documentary (same as "T�l�-Jazz" footage). Expo Theatre, Montreal/ Canada (recorded July 03, 1981). En Sc�ne, Canada (produced by Spectel Video Inc, in collaboration with TV Ontario) . With Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone) and Greg Cohen (upright bass). Performs: "The One That Got Away", "$29.00", "Pasties & A G-String", "Tango", "Invitation To The Blues", "Eggs And Sausage", "Mr. Seigal", "Tom Traubert's Blues"



Loose Talk (1983)

TW: interviewee.
Channel 4 television talkshow with Steve Taylor. Newcastle/ UK (broadcast Tuesday October 18, 1983). Interview and performance of: "I Beg Your Pardon" and "I Wish I Was In New Orleans" (solo at the piano).
Transcript



Late Night With David Letterman (1983)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
NBC television talkshow. New York/ USA (broadcast December 21, 1983). Interview and performance of "Frank's Wild Years" and "On the Nickel".
Transcript



The Tube (1985)

TW: musical performer.
Channel 4 television live music show, hosted by Jools Holland and Paula Yates. From Tyne Tees TV Studio 5, Newcastle/ UK (broadcast October 1985). Performs: "16 Shells From Thirty-Ought Six", "Cemetery Polka", "Walking Spanish" and "In The Neighborhood". Rebroadcast in 1994 by Tyne Tees. Shortened version rebroadcast December, 2004 in "The Best of The Tube"



Late Night With David Letterman (1985)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
NBC television talkshow with David Letterman. New York/ USA (broadcast November 21, 1985. Also lists as December 1985 and February 6, 1986). Interview and performance of "Tango 'Till They're Sore" and "Time". With Bill Schimmel (accordion) and Michael Blair (percussion).
Transcript



Cutting Edge interview (1986)

TW: interviewee.
Interview at the Traveler's Caf� for The Cutting Edge (MTV). Aired February 1986.
Transcript



L'altra America (1986)

TW: musical performer.
Television concert documentary from the San Remo Festival (Club Tenco), Teatro Ariston. San Remo/ Italy. November 22, 1986. With Greg Cohen on upright bass. Aired on Italian television by RAI DUE. Rebroadcast in 1988. Performs: "Tango Till They're Sore", "I Wish I Was In New Orleans", "Downtown Train", "Jersey Girl", "Innocent When You Dream", "Walking Spanish", "Tom Traubert's Blues", "On The Nickel", "The Heart Of Saturday Night" and "Burma Shave".
Tom Waits (1987): "I'm not big on awards. They're just a lot of headlights stapled to your chest, as Bob Dylan said. I've gotten only one award in my life, from a place called Club Tenco in Italy. They gave me a guitar made out of tiger-eye. Club Tenco was created as an alternative to the big San Remo Festival they have every year. It's to commemorate the death of a big singer whose name was Tenco and who shot himself in the heart because he'd lost at the San Remo Festival. For a while, it was popular in Italy for singers to shoot themselves in the heart. That's my award." (Source: "Tom Waits, 20 Questions". Playboy magazine, by Steve Oney. Published: March, 1988. Date: Los Angeles. Ca. late 1987)



Candy Mountain (1987)

TW: musical performer/ actor.
Movie directed by Robert Frank. Written by Rudy Wurlitzer. Also features Jim Jarmusch. Plays rich guy Al Silk. Performs: "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" and "Once More Before I Go"



The Limo Interview (1987)

TW: interviewee/ actor.
Staged Island interview to promote the release of the movie Big Time. Filmed as follow up to "Blow Wind Blow" video (Island, ca. August, 1987). Interviewer unknown.
Transcript



The Best of the Cutting Edge, Volume II (1987)

TW: interviewee/ actor.
Various artists as featured in this MTV show. VHS: 1987 US Rhino (I.R.S.) RNVD 2402. Also released as laser video disc. Features "The Limo Interview" from 1987.



Late Night With David Letterman (1987)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
NBC television talkshow with David Letterman. New York/ USA (broadcast October 16, 1987). Interview and performance of "More Than Rain". With Greg Cohen (upright bass) and Willy Schwarz (accordion).
Transcript



Filmkr�nikan interview (1987/ 1988)

TW: Musical performer and interviewee.
Filmkr�nikan TV program (Sweden). November 1987 by Gunnar Rehlin (aired early 1988). Big Time interview.
Transcript



Big Time (1988)

TW: musical performer/ actor.
Mostly live concert-video directed by Chris Blum (Island) Features live performances from 5-9 November, 1987 (Fox Warfield, San Francisco. Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles). Produced by Tom Waits and Kathleen Waits-Brennan. PolyGram Video (Island Visual Arts)/ Fries Home Video (Fries Entertainment Inc.).
Tom Waits (1988): "What we tried to avoid is having a concert film that felt like a stuffed bird. I tried to film it like a Mexican cockfight instead of air-conditioned concert footage. Some of it felt like it was shot through a safari rifle. You forget about the camera, which is what I was trying to do. But when you see yourself in concert, it rarely looks like the way you feel when you're up there. I thought I was much taller. I thought I looked like Robert Wagner ... if we had more money, we would have done the Rangoon gladiator sequences. And the shot of the audience holding up their matches and all that. We could have gotten the underwater ballet sequences, but it really would have been a different film, I think ... Now that it's completed, I would not have had my underwear coming out of the back of my pants like I did, but there's always something you want to change after it's over." (Source: "Tom Waits and His Act", Rolling Stone magazine, David Sheff. October, 1988).
Big Time full story



The Blue Spotlight (1988)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
MuchMusic television special on Tom Waits (Canada). Big Time mention. Interview from October 1987 and videoclips for: "In The Neighborhood", "Downtown Train", "Jockey Full Of Bourbon (Down By Law)" and "Blow Wind Blow".



Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night (1988)

TW: musical performer.
TV special on Roy Orbison recorded at The Coconut Grove. Hollywood/ USA. Filmed September 30, 1987.Tom Waits guest artist (guitar, keyboard, backing vocals).
Tom Waits: "Elvis Costello asked me to do it, and T-Bone Burnett. I didn't know any of the songs, but I used to babysit for Roy so I'm kinda sentimental about it. I learned 'em all real fast." (Source: "Tom Waits". Graffiti Magazine (Canada), by Tim Powis. Date: December 1, 1988. Volume 4, number 12)



Late Night with David Letterman (1988)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
NBC television talkshow with David Letterman. New York/ USA (broadcast October 05, 1988). Interview and performance of "Straight To The Top".
Transcript



Rapido Interview (1988)

TW: interviewee.
Rapido TV show. BBC TV-6 (UK), presented by Antoine De Caunes. Steppenwolf theatre. Chicago/ USA. October 31, 1988.
Transcript



Greasy Lake (1988)

TW: Narrator (uncredited)
Short film directed by Damian Harris (Lodestar Partners Ltd.). Played at the AFI Festival in Los Angeles/ USA. Starring: Tegan West, James Spader and Eric Stoltz. Available on VHS as part of "The Discovery Program: Short Stories"



Red Hot + Blue, A Tribute To Cole Porter (1990)

TW: musical performer/ actor.
Aids benefit music video (Chrysalis) featuring B&W music video for: "It's Alright With Me". Directed by Jim Jarmusch.
Transcript



The Black Rider - Der Schwarze Reiter (1990)

TW: musical performer and interviewee. German WDR television documentary on the making of The Black Rider theatre play. Features footage from: rehearsals, press conference and premiere of the Thalia version of The Black Rider, recording of "Gospel Train", recording of William Burroughs spoken word, Waits singing part of "The Black Rider" on stage. By Theo Janssen and Ralph Quinke (Ralph Quinke Filmproduktion).



Night Flight Profile (1991)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
Night Flight (USA Network) special on Tom Waits. Shows music videos for: "Blow Wind Blow", "In The Neighborhood", "Temptation", "Downtown Train", "Cold Cold Ground (Big Time)", "It's Alright With Me", and parts of the "Limo interview (1987)".



The Garage Tapes (1992)

TW: as himself.
Footage shot by Jim Jarmusch, late September 1992. Three shorts published on Jonas Mekas official site on January 22, 2007: "Relaxation" (Tom describes his preferred, unorthodox method of relaxation), "Murder In The Red Barn" (Tom performs his song, Murder In The Red Barn solo, with vocals and assorted percussion), "Hagfish" (Tom reveals to Jim the mysterious properties of a little-known slime eel, the Hagfish). Songs by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan (performed by Tom Waits). Edited by Matt Mayer and Jim Jarmusch. Sound salvaged by Tony Volante (Sound Lounge NYC). �2006 Cinesthesia Inc.



Gente de Express�o (1992)

TW: interviewee.
Brazilian TV series (Rede Manchete, 1992). Interview by Bruna Lombardi. Produced by: Jean Pierre Manzon.
Transcript



The Arsenio Hall Show (1992)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
Syndicated television talk show (USA), hosted by Arsenio Hall (broadcast September, 1992). Interview and performs "Goin' Out West"
Transcript



Egos And Icons: Tom Waits Skid Romeo (1992)

TW: musical performer/ actor and interviewee.
MuchMusic channel television show. Special on Tom Waits. Canada, 1992/ 1993. Videoclips for: "Goin' Out West", "I Don't Wanna Grow Up", "In The Neighborhood", "Temptation", "Blow Wind Blow", "16 Shells From A Thirty Ought Six", "Downtown Train". Rain Dogs promo clips. Interview footage from: October 1992 (by Denise Donlon), April 1978 (90 Minutes Live), November 1980. Short clips from: Concert Hall Toronto November 1980, One From The Heart, Limo Interview, Down By Law, Bram Stokers Dracula. Executive producer: Moses Znaimer, Producer: Simon Evans.
Transcript



Fishing with John (1992)

TW: musical performer/ actor and interviewee.
TV comedy series written and directed by John Lurie (Lagarto Productions, 1992). Stars as himself on a fishing trip with John Lurie. Improvises: "River of Men" and "World Of Adventure".
Tom Waits (1999): "John's an unusual guy. Met him in New York around the time of Rain Dogs. I did [Fishing] because of John. But once I got down there, I wanted to kill him. He knows this. It was pretty pathetic. A fishing show. High concept - the idea is that it doesn't matter if we catch anything, which is the whole idea of fishing, anyway, getting out in the woods and being together. Just an excuse to hold something in your hand and look off into the distance and talk about life. We caught nothing, which is embarrassing. It got to the point where we bought fish from fishermen in a passing boat, which was humiliating. And I got seasick and sunstroke -- I was an unhappy guy for most of it. But it turned out to be funny anyway." (Source: "The Man Who Howled Wolf": Magnet magazine, by Jonathan Valania. Date: Astro Motel/ Mission Cafe, Santa Rosa. June-July, 1999)



Visions D'Alice (1993)

TW: as himself
French/ German documentary by Thierry Thomas for La SEPT/ ARTE. Behind the scene footage of Alice rehearsals (Thalia Theatre, Hamburg. December 14-18, 1992) and interview with Robert Wilson (February, 1992). Interview by: Jean Gremion. Camera: Philippe Laurence. Montage: Bernard Josse.



Luck, Trust & Ketchup (1993)

TW: actor/ interviewee.
Documentary insight behind the scenes of Roberts Altman's Short Cuts. Directed by John Dorr and Mike E. Kaplan.



Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight (1997)

TW: Narrator.
Documentary on the films of Guy Maddin, shot during the production of "Twilight of the Ice Nymphs." Directed by Noam Gonick. Written by Caelum Vatnsdal.
- Tom Waits (1998): "I did a voiceover on a Guy Maddin - he's a Canadian filmmaker, very strange. That was a few month ago. He did a film called Tales From The Gimli Hospital and another one called Careful. I don't know how to describe them. They look like old films. They look like - but they're not. That's kind of his thing. they look like strange old archival pictures that someone found in a vault in the boiler room and put in the projector and everyone's just - but they're new films. But that's part of his look and they're like children 's stories. Anyway this is a documentary and I just did the voiceover, talking about him." (Source: "KCRW-FM: Morning Becomes Eclectic", by Chris Douridas. Date: March 31, 1998)
- Tom Waits (1999): "Someone sent me Tales from Gimli Hospital, which they thought I would enjoy, and I did. Then I saw Careful, and I also loved that. There's something ambiguous about the time they're being shot. It's kind of half carnival, half fairy tale, like Grimms, and then there's a 1920's thing going on - is it an old movie? New movie?....He wanted me to be in Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, but it didn't work out." (Source: "Tom Waits, In Dreams". Exclaim magazine (Canada), by Michael Barclay. Date: April/ May 1999)
- Wall Of Sound (1997): "Seems it was payback time for Waits, who was unable to appear in Maddin's latest picture, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, because of a scheduling conflict. (Frank Gorshin, the original Riddler from the Batman TV series, replaced him). Instead, the reclusive musician agreed to lend his rusty pipes to Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight. So in late March, the documentary's director, Noam Gonick, and his writer, Caelum Vatnsdal, made the trek to Northern California to meet Waits. "He drove up in a big blue caddy," Vatnsdal told Wall of Sound. "We met him at Prairie Sun Studios, the same studio where he recorded Bone Machine, and he did all the narration in three or four hours. It was a real thrill to hear him reading things I'd written. He even told me one of my lines would be great in a song ['The pixie dust is being carted away in dump trucks...'] -- I told him to go ahead and use it." (Source: Wall Of Sound. April 27, 1997. Copyright � 2001 ABC News Internet Ventures)



Videoplasty (1999)

TW: musical performer.
Primus music video promoting "Videoplasty". Includes a segment where you see the studio and Waits/ Primus working on one of the tracks.



VH-1 Storytellers (1999)

TW: musical performer.
VH-1 concert documentary at Burbank Airport, Los Angeles (broadcast May 23, 1999). Performs: "Downtown Train", "Ol' '55", "House Where Nobody Lives", "Jersey Girl", "What's He Building In There?", "Strange Weather" and "Get Behind The Mule"



Late Show with David Letterman (1999)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
CBS television talkshow with David Letterman. Ed Sullivan Theater. New York/ USA (broadcast September 27, 1999). Interview and performs "Chocolate Jesus".
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Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2000)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
NBC television talkshow with Jay Leno. NBC Studios. Burbank/ USA (broadcast March 15, 2000). Interview and performs "House Where Nobody Lives".
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Polish TV-4 documentary (2000)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
Polish TV-4 television special on Tom Waits. Features interview and clips from the show at the Sala Kongresowa, Warsaw/ Poland from May 26, 2000. Video for "In The Neighborhood" and "Hold On". Backstage/ rehearsals/ show footage.



Waits - Wilson Woyzeck interview (2000)

TW: interviewee.
Promotional interview with Tom Waits and Robert Wilson about the Woyzeck theatre play (Betty Nansen, Copenhagen/ Denmark). Interviewer Peter Laugesen.
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EuroNews Woyzeck coverage (2000)

TW: musical performer. interviewee. German Euronews television coverage of Woyzeck at the Betty Nansen Theatre in Copenhagen/ Denmark. Shows some backstage footage, and footage of Waits rehearsing with the musicians. Part of the promotional Nansen interview with Tom Waits and Robert Wilson. Shots of Woyzeck premiere.



ZDF Woyzeck coverage (2000)

TW: musical performer/ interviewee
German ZDF television coverage (Aspekte with Luzia Braun) of Woyzeck, by Wolfgang Kabisch. Part of the promotional Nansen interview with Tom Waits and Robert Wilson and shots of Woyzeck premiere.



Freedom Highway - Songs That Shaped a Century/ Songs of Resistance and liberation (2001)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
Irish documentary on pop and politics, made for RTE, the BBC, the Irish Film Board and ARTE. Directed by Philip King (Hummingbird Productions, 2001). First Screening: January 2001, TV Arte/ RT�. Interview and performs "I Know I've Been Changed" and "I Ain't Goin' Down To The Well No More" (solo on banjo).
Philip King (2004): "Tom Waits walked into the room with the barn door and he threw it onto the ground and he threw a chair on it and he sat up on it. And the door creaked and the chair creaked and he threw that tambourine into the door and he put his foot on it and a banjo in his hand and he said: 'I'm ready'. I knew he was ready, but I wasn't ready. Because his voice was like a whirlwind that just blew me across the room when he started to sing. He was consumed by the act of doing what he was doing... It's at those times that you feel the five-year wait is worth it. The 117 phone calls were worth it. The cajoling, the knocking on the door, the inevitable rejection, which is a constant part of this work, is worth it." (Source: "Philip King tells Shane Hegarty about recording Tom Waits" The Irish Times. October 29, 2004)



Late Show with David Letterman (2002)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
CBS TV television talkshow with David Letterman. Ed Sullivan Theater. New York/ USA (broadcast May 08, 2002). Interview and performs "All The World Is Green". Tom Waits (guitar, vocals), Andrew Borger? (Marimba), Matthew Sperry (bass), Colin Stetson (clarinet), Matt Brubeck (cello).
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We're All Mad Here (2002)

TW: interviewee.
Anti Records promo interview by Robert Lloyd as distributed through Anti website (Anti Electronic Press Kit). Released in December, 2002 as "We're All Mad Here: A Conversation With Tom Waits": Music industry promo. (P) & � 2002 Epitaph/ Anti Inc. 86632-2P1. � 2002 Jalma Music (ASCAP). CD, 2002. Date: First published on Anti Records website June 13, 2002. Recorded on the same day the video for "God's Away On Business" was shot (Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles/ USA).
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The Old Grey Whistle Test (2003)

TW: musical performer
Released on video/ DVD "The Old Grey Whistle Test: 1971-1987. Vol. 1". Collection of clips from BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test. Various artists. BBC Warner DVD: September 16, 2003.. BBC television live music show with Bob Harris. London/ UK. Tom Waits performing "Tom Traubert's Blues" (1977)



Bukowski: Born Into This (2003)

TW: interviewee.
This documentary looks at the life of poet and author Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), Bukowski earned a cult following attracted to his graphic and brutal stories of a life (often his own) lived amidst alcoholism, poverty and violence. Theatre release: June, 2004. DVD release: March 21, 2006.
Directed and produced by John Dullaghan.



One From The Heart (2004)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
DVD two-disc and D-Theater VHS "Special Edition" reissue of this 1982 film by Francis Ford Coppola. DVD features a new high definition transfer from the original camera negative supervised by Academy Award winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. The soundtrack is remixed and remastered from the original 1981 Tom Waits recording studio sessions.
Movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
One From The Heart full story



Late Show with David Letterman (2004)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
CBS TV television talkshow with David Letterman. Ed Sullivan Theater. New York/ USA (broadcast September 28, 2004). Interview and performs "Make It Rain".
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Real Gone tour VRT+ news coverage (Belgium, 2004)

TW: musical performer.
News coverage of the November 13th show at the Bourla Theatre (Antwerp/ Belgium). Aired November 14, 2004 (Ann De Bie, VRT+). Has footage of the show and interviews with visitors.



Real Gone tour ARD news coverage (Germany, 2004)

TW: musical performer.
News coverage of the November 15th show at the Theater des Westens (Berlin/ Germany). Aired November 16, 2004 (Stephan D�fel, ARD-1 Nachmagazin). Has footage of the show, part of the video clip for "God's Away On Business" and the "We're All Mad Here" interview.



Real Gone tour NOS news coverage (The Netherlands, 2004)

TW: musical performer.
News coverage of the November 19th show at Theater Carr� (Amsterdam/ The Netherlands). Aired November 19, 2004 (Tanja Braun, NOS-1 and NOS-3). Has footage of the November 14th show (Antwerp/ Belgium) and the November 19th show (Amsterdam/ Netherlands) and interviews with visitors.



Red Hot + Blue, A Tribute To Cole Porter (2006)

TW: musical performer/ actor.
Shout! Factory video and audio 2-disk compilation benefiting AIDS research and relief (April 25, 2006). With all proceeds going to The Red Hot Organization. Featuring B&W music video for: "It's Alright With Me". Directed by Jim Jarmusch. DVD re-release, originally issued in 1990.



Burma Shave (2006)

TW: musical performer.
DVD concert documentary (Alpha Centauri Entertainment: ace 11141. September 18, 2006) of "Austin City Limits show, PBS December 1978". Pulled back from the market in January 2007 after Waits/ Spie� & Schumacher (Germany) took legal actions against several online suppliers



Tom Waits - Under Review 1971-1982 (2006)

TW: musical performer
DVD release (Chrome Dreams: November 13, 2006) covering Waits' career and music from the period between 1971-1982, re-assessed by a panel of experts. Features live and studio recordings. Special feature: 'Bone Machine' - Bones Howe On Working With Tom Waits. Cover photo by: Michael Putland/ Retna. Not authorized by Tom Waits.



Absolute Wilson (2006)

TW: Interviewee
Documentary written, produced and directed by Katharina Otto-Bernstein (New Yorker Films) on theatre director Robert Wilson. Towards the end of the documentary Waits is shown working with and commenting on Wilson. Premiered at The Berlin Film Festival (Berlin/ Germany) February 9, 2006. Available on DVD in November, 2007. Further reading: Absolute Wilson official site



Late Show With David Letterman (2006)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
CBS TV television talkshow with David Letterman. Ed Sullivan Theater. New York/ USA (broadcast November 27, 2006). Interview and performs "Lie To Me".
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Daily Show With Jon Stewart (2006)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
Comedy Central TV show (USA) with Jon Stewart. New York/ USA. Date: November 28, 2006. New York/ USA. Interview and performs "Day After Tomorrow".
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Late Show With Conan O'Brien (2007)

TW: musical performer and interviewee.
NBC TV show with Conan O'Brien/ USA. Date: May 4, 2007. Orpheum Theater San Francisco/ USA. Interview and performs "Lucinda".
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Tom Waits Under Review: 1983-2006 (2007)

TW: musical performer (audio) and interviewee.
80 minute documentary DVD by Chrome Dreams (UK), which looks at Waits' career 1983-2006. Comments and criticism from: Bones Howe, Patrick Humphries, Anthony DeCurtis, Robert Christgau, Barney Hoskyns, Nigel Williamson, Andrew Mueller and Chris Roberts. Not authorized by Tom Waits



One Fast Move Or I'm Gone - Kerouac's Big Sur (2008)

TW: interviewee.
Kerouac Films/ Tango Pix and Markedia Worldwide. Date: February 1, 2008. Documentary film on Jack Kerouac featuring interview with Waits

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