Heartattack and Vine

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Heartattack and Vine
Tom Waits-Heartattack and Vine.jpg
Studio album by Tom Waits
Released September 1980
Recorded June 16-July 15, 1980
Filmways/Heider Studio B, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock, blues
Length 43:42
Label Asylum
Producer Bones Howe
Tom Waits chronology
Blue Valentine
Heartattack and Vine
One from the Heart
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Mojo 3/5 stars[citation needed]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Heartattack and Vine was Tom Waits' last album on the Asylum label, released in September 1980.

Bruce Springsteen has performed "Jersey Girl" as part of his live shows since the early 1980s, including it in his live retrospective "Live/1975–85". For the only time to date, Waits joined him onstage to sing it on August 24, 1981.

"On the Nickel" was recorded for the Ralph Waite film of the same name. "Heartattack and Vine" was covered by Screamin' Jay Hawkins. In 1993 this version was used without Waits' permission in a Levi's commercial, for which Waits took legal action and won a settlement.[5] Jean-Luc Godard used "Ruby's Arms" in his 1983 film First Name: Carmen.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tom Waits.

Side One

No. Title Length
1. "Heartattack and Vine"   4:50
2. "In Shades" (Instrumental) 4:25
3. "Saving all My Love for You"   3:41
4. "Downtown"   4:45
5. "Jersey Girl"   5:11

Side Two

No. Title Length
1. "'Til the Money Runs Out"   4:25
2. "On the Nickel"   6:19
3. "Mr. Siegal"   5:14
4. "Ruby's Arms"   5:34


Chart information[edit]

  • This album was Tom Waits' first album to crack the Australian Top 40, reaching 30.
  • Heartattack and Vine was Waits' best-selling album in the US until Mule Variations, spending three months on the Billboard Hot 200 and peaking at #96.[6]


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Tom Waits - Heartattack and Vine". Allmusic. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tom Waits". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (February 5, 1981). "Tom Waits - Heartattack And Vine". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tom Waits: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. 
  5. ^ "Tom Waits's Levis Copyright case". Tom Waits Library. Retrieved 23 November 2007. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel; Joel Whitburn’s top pop albums, 1955–1996; published c. 1996 by Record Research Inc. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, ISBN 0-89820-117-9

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