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Tom waits rain dogs vinyl

Tom waits rain dogs vinyl

Tom waits rain dogs vinyl. We’re talking about the record label that put out the early demos of Radiohead, before they were famous. He’s talking about the time he saw them at a small club in Nottingham, back when he was still going to uni. They were playing ‘Creep’. Tom has no idea who they are, he’s only ever seen them on YouTube or a few other sites, but he knows it’s Radiohead. “That’s when it all happened,” he says. “I remember saying to myself, ‘I’m gonna become a rock star. I’m gonna be in this band. I know I am’.”

It’s the morning of my last day at the hotel, and I’ve been talking to Tom for hours. He’s on the other side of the city, at a café a mile or so away, where the rest of the band are supposed to be waiting for him. He’s just finished a round of guitar lessons. He still hasn’t started the next stage of his education. He’s had a really good time. He’s had some good times, that’s for sure.

He started going to gigs when he was 16, he says. He loved the first three or four Radiohead gigs he went to, “all the way back to the ones they did at the Roundhouse”, he says, as he remembers it. “I’d never been to a gig in my life. I loved them, I loved the music, I loved everything about it. I always had that.”

It took two years for his mum and dad to persuade him to go to college, to get a proper job, to go and live his life the way people who have a normal job and a normal life are expected to do, but he was still really into his music. “And then one day I said, ‘I want to be a musician.’ I thought, ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’”

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so fired up about something. Even before he’d gone to college, he’d had a band. And the first thing he did, when he’d left school, was he got a job as a DJ. “That was the start of it. The whole thing started. I had to do a proper job, but I was still a DJ. I did it in the summer. I’m not going to lie. And then I did the same thing after college.”

He started to play guitar a little bit, he says. He got into the more technical side of it, and he started learning. “I always wanted to make music. I always knew that I’d be a musician. I always thought I was going to be like The Smiths, I thought I was going to be like The Fall, I thought I was going to be like the music I liked. I thought, ‘I’m going to make this record, and it’s gonna be great, and I’m going to be famous.’”

After he had his job, he bought a car and drove around the country, listening to music. “I’d always been into music anyway,” he says. “But I was in it even more than I was before. I went to all the gigs, even the ones I didn’t think I was going to be able to go to.” I don’t know where that came from, I say. I think he’s telling the truth, actually. It sounds like it.

He loved The Beatles, he says, but he’d already been introduced to The Fall before that, he says. He loved the idea of The Fall, and he loved the way they took music and smashed it up. “It was a thing where you wanted to be a part of it. You wanted to be a part of a band that was doing something interesting.” He liked bands like The Smiths, “and all of those, they’re good, but it’s different, isn’t it?” he says, “It’s the one that did something different.”

He was into Oasis a lot, and he was into ‘Wonderwall’, that “hits single,” and it was in that period he went to the club in Nottingham. “I saw them. I think I was 16. I think it was the first time I’d been to a gig. I just knew I wanted to be in it.”

He played in some bands, but he wasn’t doing much. He’d go out with his mates, and do a lot of drinking. It was his first real taste of that stuff, he says. “It was a good time. That’s all it was. I didn’t have a life. I was going out, I was getting into music.”

He went to see the gig in Nottingham, but he didn’t really know anyone there. “I’d never been anywhere near Nottingham before that,” he says. He remembers going to the venue. It was called The Roundhouse, and it was on the same road as the house that Radiohead had moved to. He saw them play. He saw them play ‘Creep’, and it was like, “That’s amazing.”

Then he got a job in Sheffield as a DJ. He moved away from his hometown, and he didn’t see the band much. He moved away to a big city, and didn’t have to deal with people he didn’t know, and he didn’


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