Smoky-voiced singer songwriter. Experimental musician and cult icon. 90s pop songs non-coverer. There are many ways to describe Tom Waits, but perhaps the most apt one is enigmatic: a mystery wrapped in a riddle (disguised as a sphinx).
Tom Waits is a gravel-voiced, porkpie-hatted muppet who appears to have shuffled out of the pages of a Raymond Chandler novel -- a carny trickster god full of spiders and strange chemicals who writes lyrics like "There's a moon in ...