Y'know, back in the eighties, Friday Night Videos played the hell out Big Country.
As I sat there on the couch in my underwear eating crackers and cheese, I don't recall thinking how the band were forcing Scottish folk motifs into the pop lexicon or that Stuart Adamson was deftly re-defining the role of the guitar in the Synth Age. Nope, what took me in was the hugeness of the sounds in songs like "In a Big Country and "Fields of Fire". That guitar didn't ring like a bell but roared like the war pipes and those choruses weren't chirpy jingles but echoed like a choir in a canyon. Like many of you, I too bear a grudge against the rampant soullessness of the eighties but I stand by those who fought against this deadness and Stuart Adamson & co, did that. So Rest in Peace, Mr. Adamson, Rest In Peace.
What you have here is a damn fierce performance in the men's hometown of Glasgow on NewYear's Eve 1983, which includes a visit from a genuine Scottish pipe band in the middle of the show and a near-inevitable performance version of Robbie Burns' "Auld Lang Syne".
King Biscuit Flower Hour (1983) link is in the comments
Speaking of comments, our Skids post generated a paltry four comments, can Big Country fans take up the slack????
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