Josh’s Musings – Nighthawks at the Diner

Tom Waits – Nighthawks at the Diner: 4 stars (3.5 with a half point for uniqueness and benefit of the doubt on future listens)

Precon: I love Tom Waits. Small Change, which came out a year after this, is one of my favorite albums of all time. I also like the one that came a year before this, The Heart of Saturday Night, although it’s very different, but somehow I’ve never heard Nighthawks. Record Club to the rescue!

Favorite Track: Spare Parts I
Least Favorite: On a Foggy Night

I like the jazz band, I like the live audience for the most part, and I like Waits’ raconteuring, I just didn’t expect it to go on for the majority of the album. I wish there was more actual singing. The album is unique though and great for what it is. I have a feeling I’ll like it even more on subsequent listens, possibly while driving to nowhere in particular on a rainy day.

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He may look like just an ordinary pizza flingin’ oven jockey, but no—this dude can lay the smack down with the bets of em’. He’s Josh, the "Brick Oven", and he’s the owner and head cook at Josh’s Joint. Who does he lay the smack down on exactly? His customers, that’s who. Order something the wrong way—catch a body blow. Ask for extra garlic in a rude manner—smack to your grill space. Walk into his joint like you own the place—your head goes through the soda fountain machine right quick. This motherfu*ker doesn’t mess around. He once gave a dude an atomic wedgie and stuffed his face in a toilet just for calling him “chief”. Come in his restaurant talkin’ bout, “can I get some garlic knots”, while he’s watching Judge Judy, and you just might get your ass handed to you with a side of Josh’s famous pizza sauce. If by some miracle you are able to duck his punches or fight off his attacks, you then might be invited to his afterhours fight club, which he holds in the back alley behind the restaurant.


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