- TOM WAITS: SWORDFISHTROMBONES: 1983: ROCK: A+. VINYL: My favorite Tom Waits period is the three album run that covers- Swordfishtrombones- Rain Dogs and Franks Wild Years. I had read a great review of this album and while I was familiar with Waits name I hadn’t listened to his music. An unusual album for sure -it didn’t get me on first listen but I stuck with it. The song In The Neighborhood as I recall got some airplay on MTV– remember that station? They showed music videos. Only listened to one album today but I did listen to the replay of American Top 40 from August 1976 and this weeks 3 hour edition of Celtic Crush.