"Citizen of the World" Tom Waits is profiled in this clip from Night Flight circa 1991. The somewhat clueless narration can be forgiven thanks to the lively interview clips with Tom Waits & Dog.
This reminded me that there is a vast hole in my DVD library that needs to be filled by some Tom Waits vintage videos. Perhaps Jim Jarmusch should start working on a biopic (and the more confusing and fact-hiding a Waits biopic, the better). At the very least we need a video collection, as well as Big Time, which has been out of print for years and has yet to make it to DVD, despite rumors a while back to the contrary (Sorry, Torrent lovers, those are just burns of the VHS).
Speaking of lost Tom Waits footage, here's the 1978 animated piece "Tom Waits For No One". This was the first animation using new modern rotoscoping technology (as made popular by Ralph Bakshi), and even though the film was barely seen, producer Bruce Lyon and director John Lamb won a Technical Achievement Academy Award for developing the technique.
Until we get some official Tom Waits releases, you can still see the man live -- at least if you live in the South. His "Glitter and Doom" tour hits only the Southwest this summer where, "they still love a man who wears red pants and they make him feel welcome." Here's a clip from his "press conference" explaining his odd touring choices.