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A girl called Johnny...




The Waterboys is an English group formed in 1983 by singer Mike Scott and joined in 1984 by Anthony Thistlehwaite, Karl Wallinger, Roddy Lorimer, Martyn Swain and Kevin Wilkinson.


Two singles were released in the same year, the amazing "A girl called Johnny", followed by the wonderful "December". Both excerpts from the group name album. Album which will have a great esteem success.


In 1984 the album "A pagan place" was released, the main single of which was the single "Big music".


Followed a year later by the album "This is the sea", an album which will remain as the group's biggest commercial success thanks in particular to the excellent "The whole of the moon".


It took three years and 1988 to see the release of the album "Fisherman’s blues", an album that destabilizes fans with a change in tone and a massive influx of Irish and Scottish folk influences.


Changes that will only accelerate the decline of the group, which will not prevent the latter from continuing the adventure in the years, and especially the decades that will follow...


To discover or rediscover.


Discography (among others ...) :

  • Dead in Venice 1979

  • Whatever happened to the west ? 1980

  • Soul to soul 1981

  • Out of control 1982

  • A girl called Johnny 1983

  • December 1983

  • The big music 1984

  • The whole of the moon 1985

  • Fisherman’s blues 1988

  • World party 1989

  • And a bang on the ear 1989

  • A life of Sundays 1990

  • The return of pan 1993

  • Glastonbury song 1993

  • Bring 'Em all in 1995

  • Love anyway 1997

  • The charlatan's lament 2000

  • Is she conscious ? 2000

  • We are Jonah 2000

  • This light is for the world 2003

  • Silent fellowship 2003

  • Everybody takes a tumble 2007

  • The crash of angel wings 2007

  • You in the sky 2007

  • The hosting of the Shee 2011

  • White birds 2011

  • Politics 2011

  • Destinies entwined 2015

  • November tale 2015

  • Beautiful now 2015

  • If the answer is yeah 2017

  • Mr. Charisma 2017

  • Payo payo chin 2017

  • Where the action is 2019

  • Out of all this blue 2019

  • Ladbroke grove symphony 2019

  • The soul singer 2020

  • (You'ge got to) Kiss a frog or two 2020

  • Dennis Hopper 2020

  • Here we go again 2022

  • Passing through 2022

  • Hollywood blues 2022

  • Blackberry girl 2022


 

Clips :


1979 ... the first steps, to say the least, confidential. Impossible at this stage to imagine the grandiose sequel that awaits the group in the years to come ...



1980 ... it is clear that it will really be necessary for the group to structure himself in order to hope to reach one day or the other in the big leagues. Because for the moment, everything remains quite rough ...



1981 ... the style is gradually structured but everything is still going too fast in terms of rhythm. The group will really have to arise and gain serenity ...



1982 ... that's it, the group has finally taken the right direction. Everything is now ready for the big start. A great start which will take place on the following title ...



1983 ... THE title that will change everything. They finally found the sound and the style that go well. The group can finally express to its just measure a unique talent that will quickly differentiate them from ordinary people. It promises for the future !



1983 ... an incredible inspiration that will literally explode on this title. What will surely remain one of their best titles, if not the best. MAS-TER-FUL !



1984 ... a second year of existence which confirms all the good that one can think of the group. Piece after piece the group demonstrates a more than obvious talent !



1985 ... they still have to wait until 1985 to get their biggest commercial success with THIS title. A largely justified and above all deserved success !



1988 ... little air hole of 3 years and back in this year 1988 with a style and a sound which have evolved somewhat. Celtic music accents that stand out somewhat with their previous productions. Astonishing turnaround ...



1989 ... between two waters on the sound side. Everything that made the singularity of this group, and especially its success, has disappeared, we don't know where ...



1989 ... overly marked folk influences that destabilize fans from the start and demote the group to the depths of the rankings. A nice mess ...



1990 ... the transition to the next decade unfortunately does not change anything. The group seems to be stuck in a musical scheme from which he can not extricate himself at first sight ...



1993 ... we will have to wait until 1993 to see the group finally find some semblance of inspiration. It was more than time but better late than never as they say !



1993 ... a year 1993 which sees the group rising from the ashes but it is already too late. The group missed the end of 80 and the turn of 90, it is now too late to be able to save anything ...



1995 ... the adventure goes on and on, but the group now does more some figuration than anything else. Tough law of the trade ...



1997 ... a title of good quality which shows that everything is still possible. Admittedly, the group will never come back into contact with the best but can hope to play the supporting roles for some time ...



2000...the proof because here they are again at the start of the 2000s, determined to continue the adventure as long as possible. Now let's see what they have to offer...



2000...we're not going to lie to each other, the best years are now behind them. But what they still have to offer for the moment largely holds up, it is clear...



2000... especially since we will find them a bunch of times afterwards. Where most of the groups of the same generation have already thrown in the towel for a long time, them in any case continue to exist and in a way not devoid of interest...



2003...they will even achieve the feat of releasing an album every 3, 4 years in the years to come and even the decades to come. Who would have thought that possible...?



2003...certainly only the albums will have the privilege of being classified, but all the same. Better that than nothing at all as they say...



2007...a continuation of an adventure which will nevertheless allow them to obtain a last 'little' success in this decade 2000 on the Singles side. Like what, nothing is ever finished...



2007...a group that has been on the front of the stage for nearly 25 years, which highlights even more the performance achieved by the latter. Well done gentlemen !



2007...a feat that they owe mainly to a style and a sound that is neither fashionable nor outdated. What it allows them to cross the ages with so much ease...



2011...they begin their 4th decade here, determined not to let go. A desire to believe in it again and again, which undoubtedly commands respect...



2011...in addition each album contains several titles of more than certain interest. Their inspiration manages to maintain itself at a sufficient level which allows them to stay afloat without too much difficulty...



2011...a discography that expands from year to year in an impressive way to say the least. Rare will have been the groups of the same era to have released so many albums...



2015... the group passes the 30-year career mark here and proudly displays its desire to continue the adventure as long as he can. We can only encourage them in this direction !



2015... it is certain that he will hardly attract young audiences with his musical style but the basic fans are still there in any case. Which is a bit crowded though...



2015 ... each time we could say that this title will be the last and each time they come back again and again. Waiting for the sequel...



2017...as long as there is life, there is hope as they say. Or rather as long as there is inspiration, they will continue to compose and this regardless of whether there is success or not...



2017...a title that literally floats in the air and which surprises them because it's not really their habit to produce this kind of title. A good surprise for sure !



2017... we are already at 3 albums released during this decade and there will be a 4th later. Impossible to stop them at this stage, that's for sure...



2019... so here is the 4th ! We can ask ourselves the question once again whether this decade will be their last at the highest level ? Knowing them, I would be surprised...



2019...they will have gone through the years and decades with disconcerting ease. Nothing scares them because as long as their albums continue to work they will have no reason to throw in the towel...



2019 ... so we imagine that we will find them next decade. No reason to stop the adventure especially when you know that many groups from the 80s are coming back in force at the end of the 2010s...



2020... five decades of career on the clock, who says better ? Not many people necessarily which proves once again that this group is really one of the best...



2020... once again the titles produced are of certain quality and certainly not second-rate titles. Good job as always !



2020...who could have imagined that they would still be here in 2020 when they started in 1983 ? Not many people, that's for sure...



2022...and it goes on and on and on ! Nothing slows them down, neither the weight of the years nor the fads that inevitably relegate them to the background...



2022...and still this totally timeless style that will forever remain their hallmark. We won't remake them as they say...



2022...most bands from the 80s returned in this decade of 2020 try at least to adapt to the latest musical trends of the moment. Not them...



2022...needless to say that this title will not necessarily be the last. Because with them nothing is ever over but that we have known for a long time now...


 

Wiki :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Waterboys

Official Website :

https://mikescottwaterboys.com/

Greatest Hits :

https://www.deezer.com/us/artist/10425

Discography :

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSDchhThpWeuXWTU0ce34rQ/featured


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