Formed by former fanzine writer Mike Scott (Michael Scott, 14 December 1958, Edinburgh, Scotland; vocals), the Waterboys evolved from Another Pretty Face, which included John Caldwell (guitar) and a frequently changing line-up from 1979-81. A series of failed projects, including the two-piece Funhouse, followed before Scott formed the Waterboys. Borrowing the name from a line in The Kids from Lou Reeds Berlin, Scott began advertising in the music press for suitable personnel. Anthony Thistlethwaite (b. 31 August 1955, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England; bass, mandolin, vocals), Nick Linden (bass) and Kevin Wilkinson (b. 1958, d. 17 July 1999, Swindon, Wiltshire, England; drums) were recruited and work was completed on A Girl Called Johnny, a sterling tribute to Patti Smith that narrowly failed to become a big hit. The bands self-titled debut, recorded with a number of additional musicians, was also a solid work, emphasizing...
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