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The waterboys is a British and Irish group around Mike Scott who had success in the 1980s and since 2000 is active again.
Scott was in various bands in the late 1970s from which Another Pretty Face is the most successful. As the successor to Another Pretty Face in the early eighties, Funhouse, falling apart to work on a solo album Scott decision. To those recordings also work saxophonist Anthony Thistlethwaite and drummer Kevin Wilkinson with it. The result appears under the name The waterboys, the name comes from the Lou Reed-number The Kids. The first single A Girl Called Johnny is a tribute to Patti Smith.
After this adds keyboard player Karl Wallinger joined the Group and one goes on tour. In June 1984 the second plate appears A Pagan Place containing the single The Big Music. The music of The waterboys from this period was also The Big Music called just like the music of, among others, The Alarm and Big Country. In 1985, the third albumThis Is The Sea with the best known song by the band, The Whole Of The Moon. To this plate also works for the first time Fiddler Steve Wickham , he would remain a member.
After the release of This Is The Sea, Wallinger and Wilkinson will change much leave and Mike Scott moved to Dublin. He is increasingly affected by Irish folk music, gospeland country and that can be heard on fisherman's Blues from 1988. The next album Room To Roam (1990) is even more Irish tinted. After leaving Room To Roam first Wickham and Thistlethwaite later the band and Scott makes the following waterboys album with session musicians. The result, Dream Harder appears in 1993 and is more rock-focused.
Mike Scott decision than on the solo path and The waterboys are dissolved. After two plates retrieves Scott again in 2000 the group name for the album A Rock In The Weary Land on which also participate, Steve Wickham and Thistlethwaite Wilkinson once old-timers will finally. The Group continues to tour and record regularly brings out since then.
In 2005 the first official live album, Karma to Burn. In april 2007 the album Book of Lightning. This is accompanied by a tour, in which there are also several times in Amsterdam is occurred.
Mike Scott has 20 poems of W.B. Yeats in songs processed. This has taken shape in the show "An Appointement With Mr. Yeats". The premiere took place in Dublin in March 2010. Right away they threw high eyes. As a result of that success are currently being prepared for a show in England. Also an album is on the program.
On november 20, 2010 gave The waterboys a one-time concert in the Hague, where in addition to previously mentioned project "An Appointement With Mr. Yeats" with a performance in Netherlands in 2011, also a book written by Mike Scott and a "just" waterboys album were announced.
|Album with any chart positions (and)
in the Dutch Album Top 100
|A pagan place||1984||-|
|This is the sea||16-09-1985||12-10-1985||7||21|
|Room to roam||1990||06-10-1990||56||5|
|The best of The waterboys 81-90||1991||18-05-1991||64||4||Compilation album|
|The secret life of the waterboys 81-85||1994||-||Compilation album|
|The live adventures of the waterboys||1998||-||Live Album|
|The whole of the moon: The music of Mike Scott and the waterboys||1998||-||Compilation album|
|A rock in the weary land||25-09-2000||-|
|Too close to heaven||24-09-2001||-||Compilation album|
|Karma to burn||26-09-2005||-||Live Album|
|Book of lightning||02-04-2007||07-04-2007||73||2|
|Kiss the wind||2008||-||Compilation album|
|In a special place||22-04-2011||-|
|An appointment with Mr. Yeats||19-09-2011|
|Single with any chart positions (and)
in the Dutch Top 40
|A girl called Johnny||1983||04-06-1983||tip12||-||# 44 in the Single Top 100|
|The whole of the moon||1986||18-01-1986||21||7||# 19 in the Single Top 100|
|Number with listing (s)
in the Radio 2 Top 2000
|' 99||' 00||' 01||' 02||' 03||' 04||' 05||' 06||' 07||' 08||' 09||' 10||' 11||' 12||' 13|
|The whole of the moon||-||279||423||299||350||486||397||412||396||394||407||392||382||394||408|