The Waterboys’ Mike Scott: “We could make magic on the head of a pin – U2 needed six artic trucks to do it!”

Mike Scott discusses the epic creation of Fisherman’s Blues in the new issue of Uncut (dated November 2013), out now, as well as the competition between The Waterboys and U2.

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Mike Scott discusses the epic creation of Fisherman’s Blues in the new issue of Uncut (dated November 2013), out now, as well as the competition between The Waterboys and U2.

“Was there competition between us? Bloody hell, yes,” says Scott. “They were the big band in town – we wanted to depose them.

“I thought we wrote better songs and we could play better and we could make magic on the head of a pin – they needed six artic trucks to do it.”

Scott talks about his relocation to Dublin, his rejection of The Big Music and embracing of folk, and the two years of intensive sessions for Fisherman’s Blues – as well as the unreleased gems included on the mammoth Fisherman’s Box set.

The November 2013 issue of Uncut is out now.

Photo: Steve Meany


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