- Stuart Adamson remembered.
I was talking to an older friend of mine here this morning who’s a fairly well-known session guitarist. He was a good pal of SAs.
He reminded me that a couple of days before that trip to the US, Stuart had been up to visit him, and had admitted that the trip was going to be on the edge for him financially. Ian (my friend) has a vast collection of excellent guitars, and they came to an arrangement- Stuart ‘traded’ him a guitar for some money, effectively a loan that he was going to repay when he got back. Ian would have gladly just given him the money, but Stuart wanted to do it this way.
They gave each other a hug and then Stuart set off. Of course, we know what happened next. I think with hindsight Stuart knew exactly what might be happening, but of course we’ll never know. Poor lad 🙁Posted 4 months agomcmoonterMember
I grew up in Fife as the Skids emerged, Stuart Adamson was Dynamo behind the band.
I was included among a photographic portrait exhibition of Creative Fifers a year or so back. RIchard Jobson was also included. I asked the photographer what he was like to work with as a sitter. He said he was a cock. When asked if he could raise a smile he replied, Nae chance, I’m a serious actorPosted 4 months ago
Loved Big Country ..only saw them once supporting Bowie at Sunderland’s Roker Park ground ..and to my mind they blew Bowie away.Posted 4 months ago
I’ve never felt the kind of vibration Tony Butler’s bass made that night ..it seemed to come from the stage travel underground and enter your body via your boots .immense !
It was and still is a sad loss .. The Crossing is still one of my favourite albums ..NZColSubscriber
Absolute legend and I still wonder what could have been. Had the absolute pleasure of playing with them once at a school fundraiser, my music teacher was in the Skids. The Crossing still ranks as my number 1 album. When i’m needing something i stick Inwards on and enjoy. PLay a tune and remember and enormous loss.Posted 4 months agosingletrackmindMember
Big fan . Saw them a few times . Once in Camden Palace with Cockney Rebel which was ace in a small venue.Posted 4 months ago
Really like the emotion behind many of the tracks. To me, they seem to have the ability to keep your interest in the songs by enthralling rifts and exquisit drumming . Bruce Springstein does the same with tracks like Philadelphia and Born in the Usa.
Eiledon and Where the Rose is Sown are great songs , imo .IdleJonSubscriber
He reminded me that a couple of days before that trip to the US, Stuart had been up to visit him, and had admitted that the trip was going to be on the edge for him financially. Ian (my friend) has a vast collection of excellent guitars, and they came to an arrangement- Stuart ‘traded’ him a guitar for some money, effectively a loan that he was going to repay when he got back. Ian would have gladly just given him the money, but
SA had lived in the US for several years before his death, hadn’t he?Posted 4 months ago
Into the valley is immense IMO .Posted 4 months ago
As a young boy I loved the first two big country albums .
I got to see them loads ,highlights include at the barrow-lands,Newcastle city hall & at a “secret” gig at the Mayfair. The wonder stuff supported that night ,which opened me up to a new chapter of alternative music .
I was in the George robey (toilet pub venue on Finsbury Park ) once ,
Stuart and the rest of the band were there having post studio drinks – I stood next to him like a love struck teenager . Ha.
My apologies to the OP too for the slight thread hi-jack ..Posted 4 months ago
Lizzy got loads better obviously ..this was in the very early days when Eric Bell was the lead guitarist ..myself and god knows how many others got backstage afterwards for a signed ” Vagabonds Of The Western World “tour poster and a quick few words ..I was a little star struck and could only muster ” great gig ” to Phil..and got a “Thanks Man “..in return.
That poster got lost years ago which still rankles with me to this day ..
Senor J ..wont argue with you Perry Farrell is a great frontman ( wasn’t there myself )midlifecrashesSubscriber
What a talent.
I was lucky enough to see Big Country a few times, Nottingham was great, and Coatham Bowl absolutely stunning. Managed to blah tickets or The Tube in Newcastle in 83, The Undertones, Big Country and U2 all played, then dashed down to Leeds in an Austin Maxi for the full U2 gig same night.Posted 4 months agostanfreeMember
I loved BC and Stuart , my first gig was at the Edinburgh playhouse around 1987. As others have said ‘The Crossing’ is one of the great albums. I think I still have the original blue edition. Sadly missed I remember hearing the news and feeling crushed. I think for me Porrohman and come back to me are the most poignant tracks they ever did. Loved the check shirts as well.Posted 4 months agoIdleJonSubscriber
Loved the check shirts as well.
I had one for my birthday, summer 1984. I still remember sweating my backside off walking into town on the hottest day of the year wearing a thick, checked shirt. I can’t even say it was for fashion’s sake – like BC they were never fashionable. 😆Posted 4 months ago
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