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Tom Waits on CBC-TV’s 90 Minutes Live

The Story

How does Tom Waits spend most of his time? Travelling, he says. The musician tours ceaselessly, drawing on the five albums he's put out in as many years, including the latest, Foreign Affairs, which he released just a month before this 1977 appearance on CBC-TV's 90 Minutes Live. After performing I Never Talk to Strangers (not seen here), Waits lights up and opens a can of beer as host Peter Gzowski comes over to talk. They discuss Waits's smoking and spending habits and Waits's preferred type of lodging while on the road.   

Medium: Television
Program: 90 Minutes Live
Broadcast Date: Oct. 19, 1977
Host: Peter Gzowski
Guest: Tom Waits
Duration: 4:14

Did You know?

• This was the second of three appearances Tom Waits made in a year on 90 Minutes Live. (The first was when the show travelled to Edmonton for a broadcast.)

• "Success over the past six months has not spoiled [Waits]; he appears to be getting seedier... He has taken a hundred years of pop culture and dozens of prototypes for Homo Americanus and shoved them all together in songs that catalogue all that is tawdry and second-rate." 


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