The Waterboys-This Is The Sea

I think when you’re in love there are always certain albums/songs that stay with you forever, and The Waterboys-This Is The Sea is one such album.

The album first came to my attention via the whole of the moon ,hearing it on the radio,in 1985 was great , before it had been played to death as it has been now ,made me go out and buy this album

Starting with Dont bang the drum this album is just fantastic and as I play it now it moves me back 26 years to a certain girl who lets just say I may still be carrying a torch for!

Next up is the whole of the moon which moves into spirit

and followed  by  the pan within it sends shivers down my spine, evocative memories of driving up and down to Leicester to see the girl with this album on a loop for months in the cassette player ,and the girl driving me down to london so I could see west ham!

and that was just side one!

Stand out tracks on side 2 are trumpets

a beautiful love song

“and to be with you is to find my self in the best of dreams”

and then finally the title track this is the sea!

These things you keep
you better throw them away
you want to turn your back
on your souless days
once you were tethered
now you are free
once you were tethered
now you are free
that was the river
this is the sea

now if you are feeling weary
if you’ve been alone too long
or maybe you been suffering from
a few too many plans that have gone wrong
and you’re tryin’ to remember
how fine your life used to be
running around banging your drum
like it’s ninteeen seventy three
well that was the river
this is the sea

now you say you got trouble
you say you got pain
you say you got nothin’ left to believe in
nothin’ to hold on to
nothin’ to trust
nothin’ but chains
you’ve been scouring your conscience
raking through your memory
scouring your conscience
raking through your memory
that was the river
this is the sea

now i can see you’re waverin’
as you try to decide
you’ve got a war in your head
and it’s tearing you up inside
you’re tryin’ to make sense
of something that you just don’t see
tryin’ to make sense now
and you know that you once held the key
but that was the river
and this is the sea

now here is a train
it’s comin’ on down the line
you realise if you hurry
you got still enough time
and you don’t need no tiket
and you dont pay no fee
and you don’t need no ticket
and you dont pay no fee
because that was the river
and this is the sea
that was the river
this is the sea
that was the river
this is the sea
the river, the river, the river, the river
the river, the river, the river
and this is the sea

sea mmmmmm sea
Behold The Sea

I still listen to this album a lot usually in the dark on the headphones, it brings it all back to me of being youngish and in love, happy times.

im not a good enough writer to explain how this whole album makes me feel about this girl but lets just say if i could turn the clock back to those times and right some wrongs i would do it like a shot! Youth is wasted on the young.

after this the waterboys went more irish and released fisherman blues which has its moments but this album is a band at their peak without a doubt, you really need to get this album or at least give it a listen and not on shuffle either!




Favourite Albums Kate Bush-The Hounds Of Love

And so now we go off on a tangent away from punk and to one of my most loved albums,whenever I hear this it transports me to  1985 when I was with a special someone (sigh) music has the power to be a time machine.

Side 1 (Hounds of Love):

Running Up That Hill
Hounds of Love
The Big Sky
Mother Stands For Comfort

Side 2 (The Ninth Wave)

And Dream of Sheep
Under Ice
Waking The Witch
Watching You Without Me
Jig of Life
Hello Earth
The Morning Fog

This is to me one of the greatest albums of the eighties, Kate first came onto my radar with wuthering heights (78) but I was still musically into the whole punk thing, I bought the single and the album the kick inside but did not get into it till much later.(my mum hated wuthering heights! more than she hated punk)

But back to the hounds of love right from the first track running up that hill-side one is an absolute winner all of them great tracks as for the ninth wave (side 2) this is my personal favourite side,the title the ninth wave is taken from a section of poetry by Tennyson the coming of Arthur, listen to this side in the dark its just so atmospheric I totally love this album, i never ever get bored with it,it still brings something new to me every time i play it.

looking back now Kate Bush was as groundbreaking as the punks if not more so then some of them as she really was doing something no-one else was doing at the time, I know john Lydon is a big fan!

Kate unfortunately never tours , she did do one but never since it’s a shame as I would love to catch her live.

it’s rumoured she will be releasing new music this year I for one can’t wait.

the hounds of love add this to your record collection , you wont regret it.