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Underground

Tom Waits

Track #1 from the album Swordfishtrombones


 Main Author's Notes

“Underground” was the song that introduced the new Tom Waits to the world. The opening track from 1983’s “Swordfishtrombones”, the album in which Waits first fully-embraced his new experimental style, “Underground” is fairly minimalistic in its approach, led by a phenomenal lead guitar track, a simple floor-drum rhythm, a marimba and a trombone, with Waits spitting/shouting/barking/whatever you call his singing on top. Compared to what’ll come later, it’s almost conservative, a “soft introduction” to the new Waits, as the lyrics seem to summarize much of what Waits wrote about in his life: “there’s a world going on underground”.

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