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Album: The CrossingReleased: 1983Charted:
Big Country were a group formed in Dunfermline, Scotland by ex-Skids Stuart Adamson (guitar/synthesizer/vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar), Tony Butler (bass), and Mark Brezicki (drums). Their first hit was "Fields Of Fire (400 Miles)" a Top 10 UK hit. "In A Big Country" was their next single; they went on to have three more UK Top 10 hits: "Chance", "Wonderland" and "Look Away."
When they disbanded in 2000, Adamson became a country singer/songwriter, but got depressed after his second marriage collapsed. His wife declared him missing in November 2001 and the following month he was found hanged in a hotel room in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Good luck trying to made sense of this song (how exactly does a lover's voice fire the mountainside?). It's an anthemic number with loads of energy, driven by rapid-fire drums and emotive guitar. Lead singer Stuart Adamson explained that Big Country was not a "message band," and that they were happy if listeners could dance to their songs or identify with them in some way.
Steve Lillywhite produced this track. This came at a time when he was emerging as one of the top producers in the business, known for his work with Peter Gabriel and U2.
In America, this was the only Big Country hit of significance; it didn't garner much radio play, but the video was huge on MTV, which was two years old and becoming a cultural force. The network ignored the group's next US single, "Fields of Fire
," which tanked their efforts in America.
The video was directed by Lindsey Clennell, who was one of the first to ply this trade. Some of his other credits include videos for The Clash ("White Riot," "1977"), Black Sabbath ("Trashed," "Zero the Hero") and the Stranglers ("Golden Brown," "No More Heroes").