Tom Waits
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"Thomas Alan" ""Tom"" "Waits" is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and has acted in supporting roles in films, including Paradise Alley and Bram Stoker's Dracula; he also starred in Jim Jarmusch's 1986 film Down by Law (film)/Down by Law. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.

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The piano has been drinking, not me.

I'm so horny the crack of dawn better watch out.

Don't you know there ain't no devil, it's just god when he's drunk.

The big print giveth and the small print taketh away.

Their memory's like a train: you can see it getting smaller as it pulls away And the things you can't remember Tell the things you can't forget that History puts a saint in every dream.

I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a prefrontal lobotomy.

I'm just trying to make a buck like everyone else.

George Bush is a fan of mine -- he came to see me in the Seventies. His coke dealer brought him.

Apparently the highest compliment our culture grants artists nowadays is to be in an ad — ideally naked and purring on the hood of a new car. I have adamantly and repeatedly refused this dubious honor, ... While the court can't make me active in radio, I am asking it to make me radioactive to advertisers.