The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues (1988)
…and that’s all it took to become hooked on The Waterboys.
If the hook, line, and sinker are the three parts of equipment required to catch a fish, the mandolin/fiddle/full band provided the trio of staggered entries needed to reel me in.
And I bought into the rest of the album effortlessly.
Or as Jeremy Irons said in the third Die Hard, “they bought it…hook, line, and sinker.”
I actually did buy this on audio cassette recently, for the princely sum of $3 (a $3 tape in 2015!).
Here is the tale of that fateful day, slightly embellished to incorporate more fishin’ vocabulary:
I had been lured into the store, thinking I could exchange some cds for store credit. While the shopkeeper appraised the cds, I waded further into the store in search of deals.
Just then, the employee swiveled around & told me he had no use for my gear.
However, Fisherman’s Blues had already caught my eye. Even if paying more than intended felt a bit like a bait & switch, I didn’t want this to be the one that got away.
So I splurged & sunk $3 into the tape. As I was a big fan of the original album, I think I might now be ready to tackle the box set (all 7 discs – I don’t think the 7-tape version has been released yet).
Apologies for the puns, I’ll stop.
Though I practically insist the discussion of this record does not stop here.
Two fellow bloggers summarized the title track (and I feel by extension, the album proper) wonderfully so I’ll leave you with their quotes (and suggest you leave here to read more of their quotes!):
Wayne @ The Cave: “Fisherman’s Blues is like a hot cup of tea on a rainy day…It does wonders.”
JP @ Musicinsanity: “It’s a song that we should all be singing everyday.“