Big Country were a particular favourite of mine, I once gave up a ticket to a Shakespeare play in order to receive my deposit back from the teacher and use it to pay for a pirated tape copy of The Crossing, their 1983 album.
Naughty, naughty and even perhaps, a little culturally inward looking! Theirs was a thumping, drum driven style and of course they had that peculiar ability to make guitars sound like bagpipes.
This one, Look Away, made number 7 in the UK singles chart – the band’s biggest UK hit. In the US, it didn’t register on the Billboard Hot 100, although it did reach an impressive #5 on the US Mainstream Rock chart.
I was as sad as any man when I heard of the passing of Stuart Adamson in December 2001. RIP mate.