Such a good album. The arrangements on here are incredible. It feels like intense thought was put into every single note until it was perfect. So many infectious rhythms and instrumentation choices that can only be found on this album. Very few albums have managed to create a sonic world quite like this. Cutting it down to three songs will be an awful task.
I get a lot of Captain Beefheart influence from Waits. The loose performances and sometimes schizophrenic structures are very similar to Trout Mask Replica. Not to mention Waits' erratic vocal style.
I have no idea how we're going to manage to chop this down to three songs each. Way too much good material here. That being said, listening to Rain Dogs more (and with a more critical ear) it has become apparent that the back half isn't nearly as strong as the first half. It's still good after Midtown, but the best material is definitely on side 1.