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Posted July 10th, 2008 by eric

To try to make up for missing his show at the “Fabulous” Fox in Atlanta last weekend, I just got around to reading this interview Tom Waits conducted with himself. And it’s exactly the amount of crazy and cool I thought it would be. Highlights:

Q: What’s the most curious record in your collection?
A: In the seventies a record company in LA issued a record called “The best of Marcel Marceau.” It had forty minutes of silence followed by applause and it sold really well. I like to put it on for company. It really bothers me, though, when people talk through it.

Q: You are fascinated with irony, what is irony?
A: Chevrolet was puzzled when they discovered that their sales for the Chevy Nova were off the charts everywhere but in Latin America. They finally realized that “Nova” in Spanish translates to “no go.” Not the best name for a car… anywhere “no va”.

Q: What is a gentleman?
A: A man who can play the accordion, but doesn’t.

Tom Waits just finished the US leg of his Glitter and Doom tour. Europe is next:

07-12 San Sebasti├ín, Spain – Auditorium Kursaal
07-14 Barcelona, Spain – Auditorium Forum
07-15 Barcelona, Spain – Auditorium Forum
07-17 Milan, Italy – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
07-18 Milan, Italy – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
07-19 Milan, Italy – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
07-21 Prague, Czech Republic – KCP
07-22 Prague, Czech Republic – KCP
07-24 Paris, France – Grand Rex
07-25 Paris, France – Grand Rex
07-27 Edinburgh, Scotland – Playhouse
07-28 Edinburgh, Scotland – Playhouse
07-30 Dublin, Ireland – The Ratcellar at Phoenix Park
07-31 Dublin, Ireland – The Ratcellar at Phoenix Park
08-01 Dublin, Ireland – The Ratcellar at Phoenix Park

Tags: humor · interview · touring

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rhowell // Jul 10, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    The best definition of a gentleman I’ve ever heard. Hands down.

  • 2 tholealoke // Aug 3, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Thanks for the post