The Waterboys - Did You Know?

The Waterboys - Did You Know?July 3, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about British-Irish folk rock band, The Waterboys.




The Waterboys are a British-Irish folk rock band that was formed by Scottish musician Mike Scott in 1983 in Edinburgh. 

The band members over the years have been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, England and Ireland. Mike Scott has remained as the only constant band member throughout the band's career.

The band memebers were not fans of the synth sound that was big in 1985, but when Mike Scott heard the album Purple Rain by Prince, he realized that it could work out well if done right.

The band's This Is The Sea album is peppered with these sounds, played by Karl Wallinger, the keyboard player of The Waterboys, but they're most prominent on the song "The Whole of the Moon."

It came full circle when Prince performed the song "The Whole of the Moon" at concerts in 2014 and 2015.

The Waterboys explored different music styles during their career, but their music is mainly a mix of folk music with rock and roll. In the late 1980s, they became significantly more folk influenced. The Waterboys eventually returned to rock and roll, and have released rock and folk albums.

The early sound of The Waterboys became known as "The Big Music" which influenced or was used in order to describe a number of other bands specializing in an anthemic sound, like: Simple Minds, U2, Big Country, Hothouse Flowers and In Tua Nua.

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