Sorry everyone, but I just discovered Tom Waits. I can't think why I'd never heard of him before, but my guitar teacher just lent me Mule Variations and told me to listen. And now I'm hooked. My wife is already sick of hearing me sing 'Cookin' up a Filipino Boxspring Hog.'
Tom Waits is absolutely amazing. If you don't cry when you hear Kentucky Avenue off of the album Blue Valentine you ain't human. Or "On the Nickel" off of Heart Attack and Vine. This man can write like no other. One of the world's greatest songsmiths IMHO.
Do check out his earier stuff.
Nighthawks at the Diner
He's also a great actor
Bram Stokers Dracula