Strange POLL: The Waterboys FISHERMAN'S BLUES

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Fisherman's Blues (Mike Scott, Steve Wickham) 4:26 14
When Ye Go Away (Scott) 3:45 2
This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie) 0:56 1
We Will Not Be Lovers (Scott) 7:03 1
World Party (Scott, Trevor Hutchinson, Karl Wallinger) 4:01 0
The Stolen Child (W.B. Yeats, Scott) 6:55 0
Dunford's Fancy (Wickham) 1:04 0
When Will We Be Married (Trad.) 3:01 0
Has Anybody Here Seen Hank (Scott) 3:19 0
Strange Boat (Scott, Anthony Thistlethwaite) 3:06 0
Jimmy Hickey's Waltz (Scott, Wickham, Thistlethwaite) 2:06 0
Sweet Thing (Van Morrison) 7:14 0
And a Bang on the Ear (Scott, Wickham, Thistlethwaite) 7:32 0


a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Monday, 6 September 2010 13:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

the record that launched a thousand raggle-taggle jokes.

still holds up, imo. it was ballsy to cover "sweet thing" but it's a great cover. and even the conceptually-very-dubious yeats adaptation works, i think -- stays mysterious and even a little menacing, instead of precious. which i think is true of the album as a whole.

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Monday, 6 September 2010 13:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

that said, i can't imagine not voting for the title track. supposedly this was its first public performance anywhere (well before the album was released):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIil8k5QnFU

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Monday, 6 September 2010 13:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

The singing on the title track is so exuberant, so smilingly heartfelt, that it carries me away time and again. There are other good songs and performances on here (it's quite a solid album) but nothing else hits me in the same way.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 6 September 2010 13:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

We Will Not Be Lovers. Love the way that riff bounces around between instruments.

Neggin' you crapative (NickB), Monday, 6 September 2010 13:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

Love the so-simple "When Ye Go Away" and "The Stolen Child," but, yeah, probably will vote for the title track. A great, single piece of work, this record.

commonly referred to as Olde E ,Olde Executioner, Dat Ol' 8hundo and 8-Ba (Eazy), Monday, 6 September 2010 13:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

title track, still sounds as great as the first time i heard it on a tape a schoolfriend had.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 6 September 2010 13:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

bumping, with audio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXoX7vbyGfc

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 9 September 2010 03:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^

love the intro to that song, the first 30 seconds or so, with the piano and the fiddle squeals and all.

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 9 September 2010 03:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^ hell yeah

boring, but hard for me not to vote "fisherman's blues" here

hobbes, Thursday, 9 September 2010 05:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

fucking love this album. no idea.

BAN BELOUIS SOME (jjjusten), Thursday, 9 September 2010 05:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

title song made me go out and buy their greatest hits
greatest hits sucked except for this song and whole of the moon

buzza, Thursday, 9 September 2010 06:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

dude, GIRL CALLED JOHNNY FFS

hobbes, Thursday, 9 September 2010 06:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

and "bang the drum".. well, nevermind

hobbes, Thursday, 9 September 2010 06:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 9 September 2010 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 10 September 2010 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

yup. well.

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 11 September 2010 01:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i'm outing myself as a waterboys fan.

discus

dell (del), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 21:44 (six years ago) Permalink

The singing on the title track is so exuberant, so smilingly heartfelt,

the first time i heard this song there were a few moments in which i thought it was a lost dexys track. i love all that celtic soulful bullshit is i guess what i'm saying. got the blue-green dna eyes to match it, and so...

dell (del), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 21:46 (six years ago) Permalink

so basically if you are melantonically impaired and sing about destiny then i will stan for ya. heck there are surely worse crimes in life??

dell (del), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 21:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Red Army Blues

Morning becomes apopleptic (Michael White), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 21:48 (six years ago) Permalink

x-ie to me
or melanin-so. i am only one man. still acquainting myself the roman alphabet even after all these yrs

dell (del), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 21:50 (six years ago) Permalink

Red Army Blues

Not one of my favourites, but I definitely prefer the album A Pagan Place to Fisherman's Blues.

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 21:54 (six years ago) Permalink

^^^yes!

i heard girl called johnny on 6 music not long ago (lol dadrock) and it sounded great - such a good singer

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 21:58 (six years ago) Permalink

Those are their two best records, and sort of hard for me to compare. They're really by two different bands. I go back to Fisherman's Blues more, but I'd like to hear Pagan Place again. (I don't think I actually own it in any form I can listen to anymore.)

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 22:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Love the exuberant nature-worship stuff on that album (at least I've always read Church Not Made With Hands, All The Things and The Big Music that way), but also The Thrill Is Gone is one of the most perfect and heartbreaking things they ever did.

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 22:01 (six years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Mike Scott of The Waterboys revealed on Twitter this week that he’s at work compiling a 7-disc box set of material — “114 tracks and counting,” featuring multiple takes of about 88 different songs — recorded during the sessions for the band’s classic 1988 album Fisherman’s Blues that’s due for release later in this year.

Full details of the project aren’t yet known, but Scott kicked off a series of Tweets about the set late Sunday by writing, “Great editing day on Waterboys FISHERMAN’S BOX. I worked on Saints & Angels, On My Way To Tara and BP’s Bathtub Boogie. Release later 2013.” In response to fans’ questions , Scott offered up more detail, explaining that he has, so far, dug up 114 tracks representing 88 different songs (“Some are different arrangements of the same song, recorded months apart… You’ll understand why I got burned out making it”), and that he is only editing material, not adding to or doing overdubs on the old songs. When asked by another fan how many studio tracks were recorded overall for the Fisherman’s Blues album, Scott quipped: “That is like asking how many fractals there are in a fractal. The material from the Fisherman’s Blues sessions is infinite.”

Mark G, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 19:38 (five years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

What happened to the 7th disc?

StanM, Friday, 15 November 2013 23:14 (five years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Just discovered this outtake this morning and am listening to it nonstop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBUsj47gAWI

Eazy, Friday, 25 August 2017 15:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Whoa, thanks for posting. How did that not make the album?

kornrulez6969, Friday, 25 August 2017 15:26 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"we will not be lovers" was robbed

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Their recent triple album Out Of All This Blue is absolutely fantastic. It should become a cult classic.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:13 (one week ago) Permalink


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