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Isn't it strange that when Eighties music is brought up, nobody mentions BIG COUNTRY?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by aging_rocker, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. aging_rocker

    aging_rocker Tele-Afflicted

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    With apologies to @Blazer for stealing his thread title (kind of), there were some very good bands around in the 80s that don't get mentioned/appreciated enough...

    Here's another.

    RIP Stuart Adamson, brilliant songwriter, great player, gone far too soon.



     
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    Never heard of Big Country, or either of those songs.
     
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    Whatizitman Friend of Leo's

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    Big Country eventually shows up in just about every 80s thread I’ve seen.
     
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    This thread is for folks like you - hope you like them! :cool:
     
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    As much as folks are inclined to give 80s music a hard time, I do notice that my XM radio spends a lot more time on the 80s channel than the 90s.

    It also seems to me that "the 80s", musically, at least, actually began in the late 70s...Petty, Blondie, the Cars just off the top of my head.
     
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    Porrohman is the eighties all in a single song! I love Big Country. The Crossing is one of the more important albums of 1983, for sure. And Steve Lillywhite was the perfect producer for them.
    I saw them at the Fox in Atlanta and was able to meet them afterwards. Nice chaps. They were innovative.
     
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    Never heard of 'em.
     
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    No one ever seems to mention Dream Academy. Or City Boy.
    And hardly anyone in the U.S. mentions Prefab Sprout or Bebop Deluxe.
     
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    From Scotland I believe. I remember at the time it was a big deal how the guitar in Big Country sounded like bagpipes.
     
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    From my hometown, Glasgow.:D
     
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    I hadn't been a fan of their singles back in the day, but many years later my wife put on The Crossing during a roadtrip, and it was much better than I was expecting. The songwriting was pretty strong, I wonder what those songs would have sounded like without the cheesy early-80s production. Somehow Lillywhite's synthetic style with U2 defines an era, but with Big Country it makes them sound like they'd been defined by the era, if that makes sense.
     
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    I was always a big fan of Tony Butler.
     
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    They were huge in Europe, but it didn't translate across the bigg pond. Their sound was unique for the time.

    Tony Butler is an amazing player. He played bass on the Pretenders' songs " Back On The Chain Gang " & " My City Was Gone ". Also did session work for Pete Townsend among others.
     
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    I like it. I'm a big fan of most 80's music but don't think I've ever heard them before. Good lead singer/guitarist.
     
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    Great band, pre-pandemic still touring, albeit without Stuart ....
     
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    I've mentioned this everytime they're brought up. I saw them about '92-'93 at a free show in SF Union Square. They kicked arse. Lots of jumping like in the Look Away vid above and crazy loud sing along chorus like the Chance vid. I'd been a fan for awhile but it was impressive. I dont recall them singing In A Big Country, for which I was grateful.

    I like Peace In Our Time as well. Jeebus, that's 33yrs ago. Wa
     
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    Stuart started off in a band called The Skids and they were from Dunfermline, Scotland....the first band I saw live supporting The Stranglers in Cardiff 1978. Big Country were formed when the Skids broke up early '80's and I was fortunate enough to get to know the other guitarist Bruce Watson through being in a band with his brother. I saw Big Country play live once in the early '90's at Swansea Singleton Park and they were at the top of their game that night. A very popular band here in the UK. Stuart sadly suffered depression and bouts of alcoholism and took his own life in Honolulu in December 2001.
     
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    I remember their radio hits, and I liked them.

    I think they were popular about the same time as The Fixx, whose radio hits I also liked.

    Ah, 80s nostalgia...the music was much better than it's given credit for.
     
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    I actually mentioned Big Country in a post last week concerning our wearing of kilts. I was first exposed to BC on MTV, of course. Also remember Tony Butler from a Pete Townshend video or two. (maybe Give Blood?) Great band.....always loved the bagpipes effect. R.I.P Stuart.
    EDIT....wasn't Give Blood for Tony.....probably Slit Skirts.
     
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