Love Anyway

Last updated
"Love Anyway"
Mike Scott Love Anyway 1997 single cover.jpg
Single by Mike Scott
from the album Still Burning
Released15 September 1997 [1]
Length6:41
Label Chrysalis
Songwriter(s) Mike Scott
Producer(s) Mike Scott, Niko Bolas
Mike Scott singles chronology
"Building the City of Light"
(1995)
"Love Anyway"
(1997)
"Rare, Precious and Gone"
(1998)

"Love Anyway" is a song from Scottish singer-songwriter Mike Scott, released as the lead single from his second solo album Still Burning . It was written by Mike Scott, and produced by Scott and Niko Bolas. As his highest charting solo single, "Love Anyway" reached No. 50 in the UK and remained on the charts for two weeks. [2]

Contents

In his autobiography, Scott described the song as a "mid-paced rocker with a hustly Jim Keltner groove and a hazy, chiming guitar figure." It was considered by Chrysalis as the album's best contender for a potential hit. [3] Speaking of its limited success as a single, he said: "Despite all its radio play the song [did not catch] on with the public." [4]

A music video was filmed to promote the single. It was directed by Matthew Amos and produced by Anna Whiting. [1]

Reception

Upon release, Wayne Moriarty of the Edmonton Journal considered the song the "best cut" on Still Burning. He described the track as "a big old slab of Waterboys-ish pomp and rock that will remind his devotees just how special it was when Mike and the lads were pioneering the big sound that carried the likes of U2 to fame and fortune." [5] Kerry Gold of the Vancouver Sun noted the song's "multiple violins and lush orchestration". [6]

In a review of Scott's 1997 concert at the Garage in London, James McNair of The Independent was critical of the song's live rendition: "It's not that "Love Anyway" is weak - far from it. The problem is that the soaring strings that are integral to the song's magic on CD are missing live and, at six minutes 42 seconds, the journey is just too long without them." [7]

In his 2002 book The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music, Mark Allan Powell noted "the manner in which songs like "Love Anyway" bespeak an ethic unlike that which informs previous Waterboys' tunes about heartbreak and disappointment in love. Whereas previous songs express bitterness and even a design for vengeance, "Love Anyway" boasts "You made a fool our of me today / I'm breaking the rule / I love you anyway"." [8] In 2011, Richard Curtis, in a piece for The Guardian on his affection for Scott and the Waterboys, commented: "If you're ever feeling low on energy and hope, pump up "This Is the Sea", "Don't Bang the Drum" or "Love Anyway" and life seems worth living again – worth living large." [9]

Formats

Cassette single (UK release)
No.TitleLength
1."Love Anyway"6:41
2."The King of Stars"3:15
CD single (UK #1)
No.TitleLength
1."Love Anyway"6:41
2."King Electric (including "Moonage Daydream")"7:17
3."Blues Is My Business"4:24
CD single (UK #2)
No.TitleLength
1."Love Anyway"6:41
2."Big Lover"3:35
3."Careful with That Melletron, Eugene"2:57
4."Since I Found My School"3:02
CD single (UK promo)
No.TitleLength
1."Love Anyway (Edit)"4:33
2."Love Anyway (LP Version)"6:41
CD single (European release)
No.TitleLength
1."Love Anyway"6:41
2."Blues Is My Business"4:24
3."Since I Found My School"3:02
4."King Electric (including "Moonage Daydream")"7:17

Personnel

Charts

Chart (1997)Peak
position
UK Singles Chart [2] 50

Related Research Articles

The Waterboys Scottish-Irish folk rock band

The Waterboys are a British-Irish folk rock band formed in Edinburgh in 1983 by Scottish musician Mike Scott. The band's membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. Mike Scott has remained as the only constant member throughout the band's career. They have explored a number of different styles, but their music is mainly a mix of folk music with rock and roll. They dissolved in 1993 when Scott departed to pursue a solo career. The group reformed in 2000, and continue to release albums and to tour worldwide. Scott emphasises a continuity between The Waterboys and his solo work, saying that "To me there's no difference between Mike Scott and the Waterboys; they both mean the same thing. They mean myself and whoever are my current travelling musical companions."

<i>Dream Harder</i> 1993 studio album by The Waterboys

Dream Harder (1993) is the sixth album by The Waterboys. Led as always by Scottish singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Mike Scott, the album features none of the earlier UK-based band members and instead finds Scott backed by American session musicians. It was the last Waterboys album before Scott spent seven years pursuing a formal solo career, with Bring 'Em All In (1995) and Still Burning (1997). The album reached position 171 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, surpassing the previous Waterboys album Room to Roam, in spite of a less-than-enthusiastic response from critics to the album's sound.

<i>This Is the Sea</i> 1985 studio album by The Waterboys

This Is the Sea is the third The Waterboys album, and the last of their "Big Music" albums. Considered by critics to be the finest album of their early rock-oriented sound, described as "epic" and "a defining moment", it was the first Waterboys album to enter the United Kingdom charts, peaking at number 37. Steve Wickham makes his Waterboys recording debut playing violin on 'The Pan Within' and subsequently joined the band, appearing on the video of "The Whole of the Moon". This Is the Sea is the last album with contributions from Karl Wallinger, who left the group to form his own band, World Party.

Mike Scott (musician) Scottish songwriter and musician

Michael Scott is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician. He is the founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of rock band The Waterboys. He has also produced two solo albums, Bring 'em All In and Still Burning. Scott is a vocalist, guitarist and pianist, and has played a large range of other instruments, including the bouzouki, drums, and Hammond organ on his albums. Scott is also a published writer, having released his autobiography, Adventures of a Waterboy, in 2012.

<i>Room to Roam</i> 1990 studio album by The Waterboys

Room to Roam is an album by The Waterboys; it continued the folk rock sound of 1988's Fisherman's Blues, but was less of a commercial success, reaching #180 on the Billboard Top 200 after its release in September 1990. Critical response continues to be mixed. Allmusic describes it both as "not quite as [musically] successful" as Fisherman's Blues, but also as a "Celtic rock classic". The front and back covers were designed by Simon Fowler based upon photography by Stefano Giovannini and Sean Jackson.

<i>A Rock in the Weary Land</i> 2000 studio album by The Waterboys

A Rock in the Weary Land is the seventh studio album by The Waterboys, released in 2000 by BMG International. It was their first album after a seven-year break. The album cover photography is by Steve Gullick.

<i>Still Burning</i> 1997 studio album by Mike Scott

Still Burning is the second solo studio album by Mike Scott, released by Chrysalis in 1997. It followed Scott's 1995 solo debut, Bring 'em All In, and was the last of Scott's solo albums before re-forming The Waterboys in 2000. Photography was provided by Andrew Catlin and Mary Scanlon. Although well-received critically, sales of the album were poor and Scott was subsequently dropped from Chrysalis Records. This led directly to Scott's decision to revive the Waterboys' name in order to achieve wider marketplace exposure. Scott describes the making of and commercial failure of the album in detail in his 2012 autobiography, Adventures of a Waterboy.

A Girl Called Johnny

"A Girl Called Johnny" is a song from Scottish-Irish folk rock band The Waterboys, released as the lead single from their debut studio album The Waterboys. The song was written by Mike Scott and produced by Rupert Hine. It reached No. 80 in the UK Singles Chart and remained in the Top 100 for three weeks.

The Big Music 1984 single by The Waterboys

"The Big Music" is a song from Scottish-Irish folk rock band The Waterboys, which was released in 1984 as the lead single from their second studio album A Pagan Place. The song was written and produced by Mike Scott.

Fishermans Blues (song) 1988 single by The Waterboys

"Fisherman's Blues" is a song from Scottish-Irish folk rock band The Waterboys, released as the lead single from their fourth studio album of the same name. It was written by Mike Scott and Steve Wickham, and produced by Scott. The song reached No. 3 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, No. 13 in Ireland and No. 32 in the UK. A re-issue of the single in 1991 saw the song return to the Top 20 in Ireland, reaching No. 17.

Glastonbury Song 1993 single by The Waterboys

"Glastonbury Song" is a song from Scottish-Irish folk rock band The Waterboys, released as the second single from their sixth studio album Dream Harder. It was written by Mike Scott, and produced by Scott and Bill Price. The song reached No. 29 in the UK and No. 12 in Ireland.

<i>Book of Lightning</i> 2007 studio album by The Waterboys

Book of Lightning is the ninth studio album by The Waterboys, released on 2 April 2007 through W14/Universal Records. The album contains ten tracks, produced by Mike Scott and Philip Tennant, with musical contributions from Steve Wickham (fiddle), Richard Naiff (keyboards), Brady Blade (drums), Mark Smith (bass), Leo Abrahams, Jeremy Stacey (drums) plus long-time Waterboys alumni Roddy Lorimer (trumpet), Chris Bruce and Thighpaulsandra (keyboards). Book of Lightning was recorded in London with the exceptions of one song recorded in Vancouver with members of Canadian art-pop band Great Aunt Ida, and another in Scott's home studio.

The Whole of the Moon 1985 single by The Waterboys

"The Whole of the Moon" is a song by the Waterboys which was released as a single from their album This Is the Sea in 1985. It is a classic of the band's repertoire and has been consistently played at live shows ever since its release. Written and produced by Mike Scott, the subject of the song has inspired some speculation.

Paul Field is a British Christian musician and songwriter who has been active since the mid-1970s first with Nutshell and then later as a solo artist. He has continued to write music and his works have won several awards.

More Today Than Yesterday 1969 single by Spiral Starecase

"More Today Than Yesterday" is a song written by Pat Upton and performed by Spiral Starecase, of which Upton was the lead singer. The song was produced by Sonny Knight and arranged by Al Capps.

The Waterboys discography

Discography of releases by The Waterboys and Mike Scott.

<i>Out of All This Blue</i> 2017 studio album by The Waterboys

Out of All This Blue is the twelfth studio album by The Waterboys, released by BMG in 2017 and produced by Mike Scott. The album reached No. 8 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 3 on the UK Independent Albums Chart.

Building the City of Light 1995 single by Mike Scott

"Building the City of Light" is a song from Scottish singer-songwriter Mike Scott, released as the second and final single from his first solo album Bring 'Em All In. It was written by Mike Scott, and produced by Scott and Niko Bolas. The song reached No. 60 in the UK and remained on the charts for two weeks.

Dont Bang the Drum

"Don't Bang the Drum" is a song from Scottish-Irish folk rock band The Waterboys, released as the opening track on their third studio album This Is the Sea. It was written by Mike Scott and Karl Wallinger, and produced by Scott. The song was released as a single in Germany and was also issued as a 12" promotional vinyl in the United States.

Rare, Precious and Gone

"Rare, Precious and Gone" is a song by Scottish singer-songwriter Mike Scott, released as the second single from his second solo album Still Burning. It was written by Mike Scott, and produced by Scott and Niko Bolas. "Rare, Precious and Gone" reached No. 74 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1998.

References

  1. 1 2 Lorenz, Christian (11 October 1997). "Scott is back and burning". Music & Media.
  2. 1 2 "Mike Scott | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  3. Scott, Mike (2017). Adventures of a Waterboy. Jawbone. p. 246. ISBN   978-1911036357.
  4. Scott, Mike (2017). Adventures of a Waterboy. Jawbone. p. 251. ISBN   978-1911036357.
  5. Moriarty, Wayne (19 December 1998). "For a good time, give Scott a spin". Edmonton Journal.
  6. Gold, Kerry (2 April 1998). "CD reviews". The Vancouver Sun.
  7. James McNair (1997-08-22). "Mike Scott / The Garage, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  8. Powell, Mark Allan (2002-06-01). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music - Mark Allan Powell - Google Books. ISBN   9781565636798 . Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  9. Richard Curtis. "Why Mike Scott is Richard Curtis's idol | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-08-04.