Thats according to David Smay, Waits biographer, who says that when the gravel-voiced crooner was a teenager, he had profound vertigo and was extremely sensitive to sound.
Smay explains, Even brushing his teeth sounded like a loud, unbearable grinding to him.
On Saturday (Aug. 30), Smay will divulge this dirt and other wild stories to Tom Waits fans during a bus tour of Los Angeles called Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits Los Angeles.
Along with his sound sensitivities, Smay will discuss the time Waits once accidentally picked up a transvestite at a bar, which lead to a very confusing night.
Smay also tells the tale of when the reclusive singer mysteriously published his home address on one of his albums, which lead to a bombardment of phone calls and visitors yelling at his window.
For more info on the Tom Waits bus tour, visit www.esotouric.com.
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