With mike scott of the waterboys, what i love most is making the music, and being inside the music. The waterboys were formed in 1983 by mike scott and have continued under his leadership in several guises to the present day. Hes generally honest about himself, telling stories which dont show him in too good a light, and also about other people. Mike scotts is the only one which is a fantastic piece of writing as well as a rock piece. Led by mike scott, the waterboys formed in london in 1981. The waterboys this is the sea lyrics and tracklist genius. Mike scott received a lesson on the perils of fame long before he found it for himself as the front man of the celtic rockers the waterboys. Both mike and steve have visited many times often in strange and wonderful aliases. They have explored a number of different styles, but their music is mainly a mix of folk. A letter to mr scott a book about the love for the music. With mike scott of the waterboys, what i love most is making the music. The show was on june th 2012 with some very special guests. A group dedicated to the wonderful scottishirish band the waterboys. Even the studio releases from this current decade dont much factor into the sound of book of lightning.
The bands membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from scotland, ireland and england. Mike scott is the singer and primary songwriter for the waterboys, a band that has explored a wide range of musical styles since its formation in 1983. He is the founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of rock band the waterboys. Led as always by scottish singersongwriterinstrumentalist mike scott, the album features none of the earlier ukbased band members and instead finds scott backed by american session musicians. The waterboys the waterboys, adventures of a waterboy. Mike scott of the waterboys strides politely but purposefully into the interview room. Since 1999 the mike scott waterboys forum on delphi forums has been a busy centre of waterboysmike related news, views, fun and magic. It was there in the classroom, on the football pitch. He continues to push musical boundaries and tours regularly with new and reconfigured versions of his legendary band. Mike scott and the waterboys by ian abrahams 2007, paperback at the best. The book examines the role of mike scott, an interesting and unique character, driven artistically by his geographic and spiritual experiences, emphasizing a continuity between the waterboys and his solo work over nearly twentyfive years, saying, to me theres no difference between mike scott and the waterboys.
Born in edinburgh, scotland, scott first became involved in music as the creator of the fanzine jungleland and later played in a series. Mike scott was born in edinburgh and has led the waterboys since 1983, during which time he has achieved widespread success with albums including this is the sea, fisherman s blues, room to roam and modern blues. Mike scott s is the only one which is a fantastic piece of writing as well as a rock piece. I had a misspent youth buying gallus clothes up the barras, says the waterboys edinburghborn frontman and sole original member mike scott, employing the. You can hear traces of mike scott s influences dylan, van morrison, the beatles, but he is no imitator. T his web site was developed as the web author wished to create a fully dedicated fan site to the waterboys.
He has also produced two solo albums, bring em all in and still burning. Revised and updated edition of the acclaimed memoir, featuring ten extra scenes written and handpicked by scott, plus a selection of rare images not included in the original book. A signed venue poster for the book launch which is on display in the roisin dubh in galway. Buy mike scotts album titled the whole of the moon. Aug 28, 2012 adventures of a waterboy by mike scott. Adventures of a waterboy remastered by mike scott quarto knows.
Adventures of a waterboy by mike scott a jawbone book aug 2012, isbn. Concert posters the waterboys, mike scott, steve wickham. They mean myself and whoever are my current travelling musical companions. This is the first american compilation to select most of the waterboys most memorable tracks and the first compilation to combine waterboys tracks with songs from mike scotts solo albums. Scott is a vocalist, guitarist and pianist, and has played a large range of other instruments, including the bouzouki, drums, and hammond organ on.
It sold better than either of the two earlier albums, and managed to get into the top forty. The waterboys are a britishirish folk rock band formed in edinburgh in 1983 by scottish musician mike scott. This is a little known gem from the great mike scott of the waterboys,released in 1994 as b side to bring em all in. Time passed, scott formed the waterboys and what happened next takes up the bulk of the book from thunderous rock in to rootsy celtic folk style and out again and. Mike scott of the waterboys interviewrock book show youtube. Jun 01, 2012 mike scott s long awaited musical memoir, adventures of a waterboy, is an eyeopening account of his life in music. The waterboys first release was a single of a girl called johnny in march 1983.
This book was a gift from an irish friend who sent me the hardback version with. Sep 17, 2017 the waterboys mike scott on why he turned his back on fame mike scott tells martin townsend why staying true to his music was more important than following in u2s tracks. The waterboys membership has changed a great deal throughout the groups existence. Its hard to think of anyone in rock who has gone through more drummers than mike scott and the waterboys. Mike scott is the founding member, lead singer and the lead songwriter of rock band the waterboys. Their songs, largely written by scott, often contain literary references and are frequently concerned with spirituality. The really interesting aspect of the book is scott s spiritual journey as a man as well as the trials and tribulations of a. Adventures of a waterboy, by mike scott the independent. The waterboys mike scott talks southern california shows. Anthony thistlethwaite, karl wallinger, kevin wilkinson and steve wickham all made major contributions, but scott describes the band as his project. To me theres no difference between mike scott and the waterboys. This updated second edition, however, concludes with the bands singular frontman mike scott informing authorrc scribe ian abrahams that he has no sense of the waterboys ending. We discuss music, spirituality and living a better life.
Aug 16, 2007 even the studio releases from this current decade dont much factor into the sound of book of lightning. It was a day where we recorded like 12 songs, actually. The waterboys officially a trio of scott, thistlethwaite and wallinger with a slew of guests released their third album, this is the sea, in october 1985. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is the sea is an album of big music, a term used by frontman and songwriter mike scott to describe the depth and space he hoped to capture in each and every track on the album. The album shares a title with the book a pagan place, written by irish novelist edna obrien. Says author ian abrahams, its been a really lovely task to update this book and revisit the musical and spiritual journey of mike scott, and to once again explore the mercurial talent that has set the the waterboys on their twisting and turning journey. It was the last waterboys album before scott spent seven years pursuing a formal solo career, with bring em all in and still burning. It was there in the classroom, on the football pitch, at the dinner table, when i went to sleep and when i woke up. A letter to mr scott is a waterboys related book that is not a biography in itself. Book of lightning is the ninth studio album by the waterboys, released on 2 april 2007 through w14universal records. The waterboys mike scott on why he turned his back on fame. We didnt work constantly, but we worked for certain windows of time during those two years. Adventures of a waterboy by mike scott, 9781911036357, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide.
Mike scott was born in edinburgh and has led the waterboys since 1983, during which time he has achieved widespread success with albums including this is the sea, fishermans blues, room to roam and an appointment with mr yeats. The waterboys have just played a joyful concert as part of the italian leg of their fishermans blues anniversary tour. This is a group dedicated to the joys and wonders of the music that mike scott has created throughout the. Mike scott has remained as the only constant member throughout the bands career. In this interview with rock book show, scott talks about why he needed to share his story, the songwriting process including insight into creating the hit the whole of the moon, why new york. Dublins great for writing songs the waterboys leader went to nashville to record the bands new album, but dublin is where he writes best, driven by his desire to outdo nick. E book of lightning gives us yet another gem by the waterboys. A christmas treat mike scott and the waterboys performing a bang on the ear in dublin, the band, which included original fishermans blues members steve w. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. The waterboys mike scott talks southern california shows and.
According to a post at the official waterboys forum, mike scott, who chose the album name, has never read the book, and neither the album nor the title track share any other similarities with the novel. The song tells the story of those times, and the atmospheres of those times. This remastered edition adds ten extra scenes written and handpicked by scott, plus a selection of rare images not included in the original book. Book folkrock music artists book the waterboys mike scott, steve wickham, ralph salmins, paul brown. It is a deeply personal view of what the waterboys songs mean to the author, and that is what makes it a truly original opus. The melodies are more radiofriendly than universal hall, but weve come to expect each album will have its own sound. The waterboys fan site, news, tour, discography, memorabilia. Mike scotts long awaited musical memoir, adventures of a waterboy, is an eye opening. In the last 6 months i have read autobiographies by keef, eric, ozzy, mark e smith and peter hook. Mike scotts long awaited musical memoir, adventures of a waterboy, is an eyeopening account of his life in music.
A single from it, the whole of the moon, reached number 26 in the uk. A letter to mr scott a book about the love for the music of. Their first music was termed the big music, which linked the bands big ideas, sweeping sound and epic songs with other likeminded acts, most notably u2. Abrahams does a bangup job in getting under the skin of a fiercely. A venue poster for the waterboys in the escape club in brighton on 10th april 1984. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.
Following a 2005 live outing, karma to burn, the waterboys returned with 2007s more spirited book of lightning, which was recorded mostly live in the studio. A letter to mr scott is a waterboysrelated book that is not a biography in itself. The main recording studio used for the sessions was sarm west, close to. In the 1980s he formed the waterboys with musicians selected to interpret the. The album was produced by mike scott and waterboys manager philip tennant. The song fishermans blues was recorded on the very first day of the sessions.
Michael scott born 14 december 1958 is a scottish singer, songwriter and musician. Adventures of a waterboy by mike scott paste paste magazine. Strange boat was first published prior to the waterboys most recent fully fledged studio album, 2007s book of lightning. With mike scott of the waterboys, what i love most is making the music, and being inside the music interview.
The album contains ten tracks, produced by mike scott and philip tennant, with musical contributions from steve wickham fiddle, richard naiff keyboards, brady blade drums, mark smith bass, leo abrahams lead guitar, jeremy stacey drums plus longtime waterboys alumni. Scotts new waterboys album book of lightning is a magnificent return to form, but even during the less celebrated stages of his lengthy career hes made music worthy of attention and serious critical appraisal. The really interesting aspect of the book is scotts spiritual journey as a man as well as the trials and tribulations of a. Sep 10, 2019 i had a misspent youth buying gallus clothes up the barras, says the waterboys edinburghborn frontman and sole original member mike scott, employing the scottish word for daring to. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months new customers receive 15% off your. I was six or seven when i noticed the music in my head. The waterboys mike scott talks southern california shows and how kendrick lamar, the clash and his kids inspired him share this. Serious, funny, profound, whimsical and enigmatic, it contains descriptions of his days in teenage garage bands, the rise of the waterboys, his exploits with steve wickham and the rest of the gang in the west of ireland, and much, much more. After a couple of years of touring and time off, scott assembled and released a compilation of unreleased songs from the waterboys this is the sea sessions entitled in a special place. As a teenager mike scott fronted his first garage bands, playing original songs.
Ladbroke grove is a bohemian area of london where i lived in the 80s while making the early waterboys records, and again in the 90s. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new. The album fishermans blues was recorded over nearly a two year period. Combining all of the groups british chart singles except and a bang on the ear as well as live tracks, bsides not previously on an album, and even one previously unreleased studio track, higher in time. Mike scott strange boat charts the twisting and meandering journey of mike scott, describing the literary and spiritual references that inform his songwriting and exploring the multitude of locations and cultures in which the waterboys have assembled and reflected in their recordings.1247 1353 656 1070 1482 516 1252 768 1189 1264 436 842 792 1304 838 1481 1397 668 149 192 1054 585 472 412 392 1357 1337 1293 1452 1176 1053 69 1154 1185 318 633