Heartattack and Vine

Heartattack and Vine is a 1980 album by Tom Waits, his seventh album since his debut Closing Time in 1973, and his final album to be released on the Asylum label.

Heartattack and Vine
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 1980 (1980-09-09)[1]
RecordedJune 16-July 15, 1980
StudioFilmways/Heider Studio B, Hollywood, California
ProducerBones Howe
Tom Waits chronology
Blue Valentine
Heartattack and Vine
One from the Heart

"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.[2]Jean-Luc Godard used "Ruby's Arms" in his 1983 film First Name: Carmen.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [3]
Mojo     [citation needed]
Rolling Stone     [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [6]

Though critical of the album in many respects, including Waits' vocal delivery and the "morbid pathos" of the ballads, Rolling Stone wrote that "Tom Waits finds more beauty in the gutter than most people would find in the Garden of Eden," and referred to him as a "unique and lovable minor talent."[5]

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".[relevant? ] For the only time to date, Waits joined him onstage to sing it on August 24, 1981.[7][8]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Tom Waits.

Side One

1."Heartattack and Vine"4:50
2."In Shades" (Instrumental)4:25
3."Saving All My Love for You"3:41
5."Jersey Girl"5:11

Side Two

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 informationEdit

  • 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.[9]


  1. ^ "Releases". ANTI-. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Tom Waits's Levis Copyright case". Tom Waits Library. Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2007.
  3. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Tom Waits – Heartattack and Vine". Allmusic. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  4. ^ M. Deusner, Stephen (March 24, 2018). "Tom Waits: Heartattack and Vine". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (February 5, 1981). "Tom Waits – Heartattack And Vine". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "Tom Waits: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on September 19, 2011.
  7. ^ "Bruce Springsteen- August 24, 1981 Setlist". setlist.fm. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  8. ^ JensdePens (2011). "Tom and Bruce - Jersey Girl - Full Version - 1981". YouTube. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  9. ^ 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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