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Encyclopedia > Franks Wild Years
Frank`s Wild Years
Studio album by Tom Waits
Released August 1987
Recorded The Sound Factory
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Rock
Length 55:34
Label Island
Producer(s) Tom Waits
Professional reviews
Tom Waits chronology
Rain Dogs
(1985)
Franks Wild Years
(1987)
Big Time
(1988)

Frank`s [sic] Wild Years is an album by Tom Waits, released 1987 on Island Records. Subtitled "Un Operachi Romantico in Two Acts", the album contains songs written by Waits and collaborators (mainly his wife, Kathleen Brennan) for a play of the same name. The shared title of the album and the play is an iteration of "Frank's Wild Years", a song from Waits' 1983 album Swordfishtrombones. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A Studio Album is an album of regular studio recordings. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... The Sound Factory (aka Sunset Sound Factory) is a legendary recording studio in Hollywood, California. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... Robert Christgau (2006) Robert Christgau (sometimes abbreviated in print to Xgau), born April 18, 1942, is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics[1] His first reviews were published by Esquire in 1967. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Rain Dogs is an album by Tom Waits, released in August of 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... Big Time is a live album of Tom Waits performances, released in 1988 on Island Records. ... Sic is a Latin word meaning thus or so. In writing, it is italicized and placed within square brackets — [sic] — to indicate that an incorrect or unusual spelling, phrase, or other preceding quoted material is a verbatim reproduction of the quoted original and is not a transcription error. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Island Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group and is operated through The Island Def Jam Music Group. ... Kathleen Brennan was born in Johnsburg, Illinois, as noted by musician Tom Waits in the song of the same name. ... Swordfishtrombones is an album by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released in September of 1983 (see 1983 in music). ...


The play had its world premiere in Chicago, Illinois on June 22, 1986, performed by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company at the Briar St. Theatre. Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, City of the Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works. Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a Tony Award-winning Chicago theatre company founded in 1974 by Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry in the basement of a church in Highland Park, Illinois. ...


Various versions of the track "Way Down In The Hole" have served as the theme music for the HBO series The Wire, including Waits' original version for the second season. This article is about the television series. ...


Track listing

Tracks written by Tom Waits, except where noted.

  1. "Hang on St. Christopher" – 2:46
  2. "Straight to the Top (Rhumba)" (Waits / Greg Cohen) – 2:30
  3. "Blow Wind Blow" – 3:35
    • Tom Waits - Vocal, Pump Organ
    • Greg Cohen - Alto Horn
    • Francis Thumm - Pump Organ
    • Michael Blair - Glockenspiel
  4. "Temptation" – 3:53
  5. "Innocent When You Dream (Bar Room)" – 4:15
  6. "I'll Be Gone" (Waits / Kathleen Brennan) – 3:12
  7. "Yesterday Is Here" (Waits / Brennan) – 2:29
  8. "Please Wake Me Up" (Waits / Brennan) – 3:36
  9. "Frank's Theme" – 1:49
    • Tom Waits - Vocals, Pump Organ
  10. "More Than Rain" – 3:52
  11. "Way Down in the Hole" – 3:30
  12. "Straight to the Top (Vegas)" (Waits / Cohen) – 3:26
  13. "I'll Take New York" – 3:58
  14. "Telephone Call From Istanbul" – 3:12
  15. "Cold Cold Ground" – 4:07
  16. "Train Song" – 3:20
  17. "Innocent When You Dream (78)" – 3:08

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Musicians

  • Jay Anderson - Bass
  • Michael Blair - Drums, Conga, Percussion, Orquestra Bells, Marachas, Marimba, Glockenspiel
  • Kathleen Brennan - Vocal Arrangements
  • Angela Brown - Background Vocals
  • Ralph Carney - Sax, Baritone Horn, Violin, Tenor Sax, Saxophone
  • Greg Cohen- Bass, Alto Horn, Horn Arrangements, Leslie Bass Pedals
  • David Hidalgo - Accordion
  • Leslie Holland - Background Vocals
  • Lynne Jordan - Background Vocals
  • Marc Ribot - Guitar, Banjo
  • William Schimmel - Piano, Pump Organ, Accordion, Leslie Bass Pedals, Cocktail Piano
  • Larry Taylor - Bass, Upright Bass
  • Morris Tepper - Guitar
  • Francis Thumm - Prepared Piano, Pump Organ
  • Tom Waits - Vocals, Pump Organ, Optigan, Guitar, Vocal Stylings, Rooster, Piano, Farfisa, Mellotron, Drums, Conga, Tambourine

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