1981 to 2007
Dunfermline, Fife, United Kingdom
Big Country were a new wave/alternative rock band which formed in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1981. The band consisted of Stuart Adamson (vocals, guitar), Bruce Watson (guitar, vocals), Tony Butler (bass) and Mark Brzezicki (drums). Adamson was a former member of the Scottish punk band The Skids. The band was best known for using the device known as the "e-bow" to alter their guitars to sound like bagpipes. Despite having 15 Top 40 hits in the UK, the band has remained a one hit wonder in the US with their third single "In A Big Country". The band split in 2001 shortly after Adamson's suicide on December 16, 2001.
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11 months ago
My interpretation of this song is it's about the highland clearances of the 16th century, especially during the Jacobite rising's and the clan curbing by James VII and about their execution and exile to America and the torment of being driven from their own country.