Franks Wild Years

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Not to be confused with the song "Frank's Wild Years" on Swordfishtrombones.
Franks Wild Years
Franks cover.jpg
Studio album by Tom Waits
Released 17 August 1987
Recorded Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois,
The Sound Factory and Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock, experimental
Length 55:34
Label Island
Producer Tom Waits
Tom Waits chronology
Rain Dogs
Franks Wild Years
Big Time
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[3]
Mojo 3/5 stars[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[6]
Uncut 4/5 stars[7]
The Village Voice B[8]

Franks Wild Years is an album by Tom Waits, released 1987 on Island Records. Subtitled "Un Operachi Romantico in Two Acts", the album contains songs written by Waits and collaborators (mainly his wife, Kathleen Brennan) for a play of the same name. The shared title of the album and the play is an iteration of "Frank's Wild Years", a song from Waits' 1983 album Swordfishtrombones.

The play had its world premiere at the Briar St. Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on June 22, 1986, performed by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Various versions of "Way Down in the Hole" were used as the theme music for the HBO series The Wire, including Waits' original version for the second season. The songs "Temptation" and "Cold Cold Ground" were used in Jean-Claude Lauzon's film Léolo (1992). "Cold Cold Ground" was also used in the series Homicide: Life on the Street. "Temptation" and "Straight to the Top (Vegas)" featured in the film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), and "Innocent When You Dream" featured in the film Smoke (1995).[9]

Chart information[edit]

Chart Peak position
Switzerland 14
Billboard 200 115[10]

Track listing[edit]

Tracks written by Tom Waits, except where noted. Recorded by Danny Leake and Biff Dawes. Mixed by Biff Dawes at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California.

Side One

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hang on St. Christopher"   2:46
2. "Straight to the Top (Rhumba)" Waits, Greg Cohen 2:30
3. "Blow Wind Blow"   3:35
4. "Temptation"   3:53
5. "Innocent When You Dream (Barroom)"   4:15
6. "I'll Be Gone" Waits, Kathleen Brennan 3:12
7. "Yesterday Is Here" Waits, Brennan 2:29
8. "Please Wake Me Up" Waits, Brennan 3:36
9. "Frank's Theme"   1:49

Side Two

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "More Than Rain"   3:52
2. "Way Down in the Hole"   3:30
3. "Straight to the Top (Vegas)" Waits, Cohen 3:26
4. "I'll Take New York"   3:58
5. "Telephone Call from Istanbul"   3:12
6. "Cold Cold Ground"   4:07
7. "Train Song"   3:20
8. "Innocent When You Dream (78)"   3:08



  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Franks Wild Years – Tom Waits". AllMusic. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ Cromelin, Richard (August 30, 1987). "Waits: Dreamlike, Distant". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Tom Waits: Franks Wild Years". Mojo (200): 77. July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tom Waits: Franks Wild Years". Q (73): 101. October 1992. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 854–55. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ "What Is He Building In There..?". Uncut (175): 52–53. December 2011. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 26, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
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