Thursday, September 8, 2016

"Field of Fire (400 Miles)" by Big Country

Song#:  1780
Date:  02/04/1984
Debut:  78
Peak:  52
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This Scottish band made a big splash with their unique sounding single "In a Big Country." It would be a #3 Rock hit that also got into the Top 20 at Pop (#17). This second single from their album The Crossing wouldn't do as well and it stumbled before getting to the halfway point of the chart. Still, their unusual sound attracted record buyers and the album would eventually go gold.

ReduxReview:  Although it's not quite as grand as "In a Big Country," this song is a worthy follow-up. It's more folk-ish in nature and that may be the reason it couldn't get on the Rock chart. It probably doesn't help that the chorus only plays twice and there are quite a few instrumental passages, but I think it all works well and should have done a bit better. The album remains a favorite of mine from the era.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The band's lead vocalist, Stuart Adamson, already had a taste of success prior to co-founding Big Country. From 1977 to 1981, Adamson was a member of the Scottish punk/new wave band Skids. Their debut album, Scared to Dance, went to #19 in the UK thanks to the #10 single "Into the Valley." Although that song would be their only UK Top 10, they would place several others on the chart. Their most successful album was 1980's The Absolute Game, which would hit #9. Adamson would leave the band in 1981 and after one more LP, Skids would call it quits.


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