If you’re a Spotify user, you’re probably familiar with the streaming service’s series of This is… playlists, giving listeners an intensive primer on a given artist’s work. I don’t know how these playlists are usually compiled, but I have received word that the recently released playlist This is Tom Waits is reportedly curated by the artist himself.
This is Tom Waits comes as Waits’ output from the 1970s has been reissued on Spotify as well as other streaming platforms and physical formats, but the playlist covers even more ground than that. And since Waits is notoriously shy about interviews and discussing his work, a 76-some playlist compiled by him is a good resource even for hardcore fans as well as people who only know him as the crazy scientist guy in Mystery Men.
If you’re in the mood for it, you can take a listen at This is Tom Waits for yourself below.