The Waterboys' Mike Scott Leans Into Poetry On 'Good Luck, Seeker' : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN Scott's continuing artistic curiosity has led to all sorts of sounds from The Waterboys. On the latest album, we see Scott explore the art of spoken word.
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The Waterboys On World Cafe

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Mike Scott Leans Into The Poetry Of His Lyrics On 'Good Luck, Seeker'

Mike Scott Leans Into The Poetry Of His Lyrics On 'Good Luck, Seeker'

The Waterboys On World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Dennis Hopper"
  • "Bleecker Bob's"
  • "The Whole of the Moon"

Mike Scott isn't afraid to mix things up. In fact, he relishes it. Before our interview I asked him about his TikTok videos, and he said, "Oh, that was back in the summer." Most people are still getting into TikTok — he's done with it, thus showcasing the always inspired attitude of one of rock's most mercurial frontmen.

Scott is the founder of The Waterboys, who over the course of the last four decades have rotated through more musicians than any band short of The Fall. Scott's continuing artistic curiosity has led to all sorts of sounds from The Waterboys. On the latest offering, Good Luck, Seeker, we see Scott explore spoken word, leaning into the poetry of his lyrics as he spins tales about the late great Dennis Hopper and the iconic Bleeker Bob's record store in New York City. We'll talk about what inspired Good Luck, Seeker, plus he'll reinterpret his biggest hit, The Whole of The Moon, in a performance for World Cafe.

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