The first song that would pop into my head when I heard the name The Waterboys was “Whole of the Moon.” It’s an incredible song, full of emotion, and first-rate instrumentation; but that was the extent of my knowledge of this band.
When I started listening to David Marsden’s show, I was treated to my first time hearing “Independence Day” by this wonderful band. Then soccerfan, one of the Marsden Theatre regulars, mentioned a Waterboys song named “The Pan Within.” After finding and listening to this outstanding masterpiece of a song, I began to wake up to the fact that The Waterboys had created some phenomenal music over the past 20 years.
Mike Scott formed the band in 1983, made up of musicians from Scotland, England and Ireland. Their style is more commonly described as a curious blend of “Celtic folk music and rock.” According to Wikipedia, the group’s “big music” sound influenced such groups as Simple Minds, The Alarm, Big Country and World Party. If that’s the case, The Waterboys should have been huge.
If you’re not familiar with this first-rate and wholly brilliant band, take the time to listen to the following samples gathered from YouTube. Then, go out and find the 1985 album This Is The Sea that contains both “The Whole of the Moon” and “The Pan Within,” in addition to a gem called “Medicine Bow.” You won’t regret it. This is not merely 80’s music — this is absolutely timeless.
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