In 1983, I picked up a copy of a book called Stick, on a whim. It was written by someone I hadn't heard of previously: Elmore Leonard, who died in August. The book was brilliant and turned me into an addict.
This month’s issue of Uncut (June 2013) features The Waterboys discussing their mammoth new Fisherman’s Box release – here, in this archive feature from Uncut’s July 2008 issue, the band, including Mike Scott and Karl Wallinger, reflect on the creation of their pop masterpiece, The Whole Of The Moon. Expect disagreements, still; arguments about musical contributions, worries over spending life in prison for hitting someone over the head with a guitar… Words: Nick Hasted
The Waterboys will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Fisherman’s Blues with a box set of the album and a UK tour.
Due for release on October 14, Fisherman’s Box will comprise a seven-disc set with 121 tracks from the album sessions, including 85 unreleased tracks. Mike Scott will be writing the liner notes with additional contributions from Decemberist Colin Meloy.
The tour, which begins in December, will reunite Scott and Steve Wickham with Fisherman's-era members Anto Thistlethwaite and Trevor Hutchinson alongside current Waterboys drummer Ralph Salmins.