I hate the term “one hit wonder”. I realize the eighties were a decade full of songs that fit that description, but too often that phrase was used on bands that did not deserve the tag. Big Country was one of those bands.
“In a Big Country” was a big hit for this four-piece here in the States with “Fields of Fire” a minor hit single, but after those two tracks the band was seriously overlooked here in the U.S. That is terrible because if you are a fan of a big guitar sound, these guys delivered it exponentially. The Crossing was the album that featured those two tracks, but the absolute explosiveness of “1000 Stars”, “Porrohman” and “Lost Patrol” made that 1983 album a stunning debut, worthy of being included in any album collection.
This video is for a song by the name of “Angle Park”, the second song the band played during the legendary New Year’s Eve concert the band delivered at the Barrowland Music Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. I remember watching this concert on MTV when I was a little whippersnapper in high school. If you can find the King Biscuit disc of this concert I strongly suggest you buy it, one of the best live albums in my collection.
By the way, if you like Big Country I strongly suggest you check out The Skids, the band Stuart Adamson was in before Big Country.