You probably remember Big Country from the 1983 hit (and early MTV staple) “In a Big Country”—sidenote: I absolutely love it when bands title their songs after themselves, or vice versa—but in their formative years, the Scottish alt-rockers enjoyed a level of success on par with UK contemporaries U2. The band tanked pretty dramatically in the ’90s, but you might be surprised to learn it’s still going at it nearly 12 years after lead singer Stuart Adamson’s tragic suicide. In 2010, a reunited Big Country recruited vocalist Mike Peters of legendary Welsh rockers The Alarm. The move reinvigorated the band, which released The Journey, its first album in almost 15 years, this past April.
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