Tom Waits 1978 Austin City Limits

The other night we watched a performance by Tom Waits from 1978, filmed at the Austin City Limits series. It was stunning. OK, I’m overboard in the enthusiasm department. I’m constantly “stunned and amazed,” as my friend Jack puts it. Stunned and amazed — may it continue ever thus — I ain’t backin off.

   This concert knocked me out. The persona — holy shit! The songs, the tight, elegant band…Reminded me of Bob Dylan’s breakthrough songs, where you just couldn’t figure out where those wildly poetic words and great music were coming from. Another planet?

   I’m watching/listening to/ it right now. The 3rd or 4th song, starting about 19:20,  “A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun,” is on as I write — killer. This is just a radiant performance.

5 Responses to Tom Waits 1978 Austin City Limits

  1. Anonymous says:

    This kind of music is good for the soul.

  2. Me from NOLA.Bar hopping one night saw Tom and Ricky Lee Jones sitting in bar together.
    Two beautiful souls.

  3. Anonymous says:


  4. Funny you mentioned "stunned and amazed." I thought for a while that if someone wrote a biography of you, Lloyd, a good title would be "Lloyd Kahn….a Man Amazed"…but then I rethought it and decided I'd save that for my headstone….the "A Man Amazed" part….I'd leave you out of that transaction. I am so glad you like Tom Waits…we need more "genuine" in the world. I am enjoying the heck out of your blog…thankyou!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lloyd you might get a kick out of this.. it's a clip of TW on the Mike Douglas show, one of the other guests was Marvin Hamlisch. From 1976….



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