I missed a couple of weeks due to various things, but I’m back with the next in my journey through some of my favourite bands. I came back to Britain last time, and I’m staying there, going north to Scotland to talk about…
Big Country were formed in Dunfermline in 1981 by Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson. The band was most popular was in the early to mid 1980s with their easily recognisable sound which mixed Scottish folk and rock along with martial music styles and plenty of use of EBow on guitar.
I heard Big Country through my brother who used to play their records all the time when I was a kid. It was only years later in 1996 or 1997 that I’d actually get the chance to see them live. It was at the Mean Fiddler in Harlesden which was quite a small venue. That made it all the better as I was able to elbow my way to the front and spend the entire gig there, right in front of Stuart. I’m so glad that I got the chance to see him as part of the band. He was troubled with addiction and depression and unfortunately took his own life a few years later. It’s such a shame as he was so talented. The music produced by the band has had a lasting effect on me and I still enjoy it now. I stuck on their Greatest Hits album in the car last week and it’s been on rotation ever since, there’s not a single track that I skip and there aren’t many albums about which I can say that.
Anyway, here are a few of my favourite songs of theirs. I could have put so many links here; I had to restrain myself.
Hope you enjoyed that. I’ll be back next week with one more of my favourite bands before I go on to other themes.
Thanks for reading and listening.
If you feel like some more music, then please check out some of my other Monday Music posts. They’re packed with great examples of music from movies, TV and other places.