The band formed by Stuart Adamson, Peter & Alan Wishart, Clive Parker and Bruce Watson, in 1982. Stuart had led successful punk band ‘The Skids‘, Clive had played with successful UK punk band ‘Spizzenergi‘, and ‘Athletico Spizz 80‘. Alan & Peter were prolific in the Scottish new-wave scene with their own band, 'The Subject', gigging around the Fife area.
Big Country had great success in the 1980’s, with Alan, Peter and Clive replaced by ‘guns for hire’ Mark Brzezicki, and Tony Butler, who’d previously played with ‘Bucks Fizz‘, and ‘On The Air‘. Taking the keynote sound and licks created by the original Dunfermline band, they released ‘The Crossing’ album. Touted as the ‘next U2’ this ‘later’ line-up worked hard to re-create the eponymous success of the formative years. Stuart Adamson took his own life in 2001. After various solo projects Bruce Watson continued with the group, his son on guitar. They continue to tour and release material under Adamson’s original band moniker, with Mark on drums.
Peter went on to great success in Scottish electric folk band ‘RunRig‘, contemporising their sound, and giving them their first major chart hits, from the ‘Cutter’ album. Peter is now an SNP MP.
Clive & Alan threw themselves into the pagan folk circuit, with the band ‘Barra‘, and eventually found a home on specialist label English Garden (SONY-ATV), producing the hugely influential electro-roots album ‘Eternal Magus‘. Clive is now a published author, and Alan has a senior position in the Health Service.
Tony Butler is retired.
Peter Wishart - http://www.petewishartmp.com/
Bruce Watson - http://www.bigcountry.co.uk/
Clive Parker - http://www.strandpublishing.co.uk/pages/bakery/the-box-26.php
Big Country Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/bigcountryofficial
Peter Wishart Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/PeteWishartMP
Clive Parker Facebook - http://facebook.com/parker.clive
Runrig - http://www.runrig.co.uk/