Song of the Day, August 7: In A Big Country by Big Country

InABigCountryToday’s song is a fine example of a band name-checking themselves. Big Country burst out of Scotland with a solid debut album and a fresh sound. Singer Stuart Adamson provided clear, strong vocals over a propulsive rhythm section and smart guitar work. The band used an e-bow to create an additional guitar sound that emulated bagpipes, helping the quartet rise above the New Wave pack.

Their first single is a delight, an anthemic celebration of freedom. With the natural imagery and compelling rhythms that would define their best work, Big Country announced themselves with joyous urgency. Sadly, although they had a long string of hits in the U.K., they were treated as a novelty in the States, following the #17 success of In A Big Country with two singles that scraped into the Hot 100. Remembered as a One Hit Wonder, they actually built a long legacy of compelling music.

Enjoy the wonderful song that kicked of Big Country’s stellar career


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

3 Responses to Song of the Day, August 7: In A Big Country by Big Country

  1. John says:

    Best Live band I ever saw, better than U2 live and that is saying something!!

    • Cool – wish I’d seen them. Midnight Oil and Poi Dog Pondering are near the top for me, for very different reasons!

    • Grant says:

      Have seen a lot of music of hundreds of bands from the sixty’s till now and must say Stuart Adamson must rate as one of the top 5 Guirtarist and musicians of all time without a doubt.

      And some people say one hit wonder they must be completely blind.

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