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The Alarm - 100% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Rhyl, Wales, during 1981, this energetic pop outfit originally comprised Mike Peters (25 February 1959; vocals/guitar), David Sharp (b. 28 January 1959, Salford, Lancashire, England; vocals/guitar), Eddie MacDonald (b. 1 November 1959; bass), and Nigel Twist (b. 18 July 1958; drums). Originally known as Seventeen, they changed their name after recording a self-penn Read more

Runrig - 51% match to Big Country

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Scottish band emerged from a folk background to enjoy a strong commercial profile in the UK pop charts during the late 80s and early 90s. By combining national and cultural pride with stadium rock appeal, Runrig has helped alert the world to Scottish popular music and traditions without a hint of compromise.Runrig made its debut - as the Run Rig Dan Read more

Deacon Blue - 50% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Icicle Works - 44% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Emerging from the profligate network of Liverpudlian bands that existed during the punk rock and new wave era, the Icicle Works was formed by Ian McNabb (3 November 1960, Liverpool, Merseyside, England; vocals/guitar), Chris Layhe (bass), and Chris Sharrock (drums). McNabb was formerly in City Limits with the near-legendary Edie Shit (b. Howie Mimms), and Sharrock played wit Read more

Howard Jones - 36% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Howard Jones, 23 February 1955, Southampton, Hampshire, England. Coming to prominence as a synthesizer-pop maestro in the mid-80s, Jones had been trying to succeed as a musician for almost 15 years. His childhood saw him on the move from country to country but by the time he reached his teens he was settled in High Wycombe, England. He joined his first band in 1976 and Read more

The Fixx - 35% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This durable UK new wave band originally comprised Cy Curnin (13 December 1957; vocals/guitar), Adam Woods (8 April 1953; drums), Rupert Greenall (keyboards), Jamie West-Oram (guitar) and Charlie Barret (bass). They formed at the turn of the 80s when college friends Curnin and Woods made the decision to pursue music as a full-time vocation. After advertising in the music pre Read more

Simple Minds - 33% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Timeless and epochal, Simple Minds was formed in January 1978 by Jim Kerr (9 July 1959, Glasgow, Scotland; vocals), Charlie Burchill (b. 27 November 1959, Glasgow, Scotland; guitar), Tony Donald (bass) and Brian McGee (drums). They rose out of the ashes of Glasgow punk outfit Johnny And The Self-Abusers who, in true anarchic fashion, deliberately folded on the day their debu Read more

The Boomtown Rats - 31% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the first new wave acts to emerge during the musical shake-ups of 1977, the Boomtown Rats were also significant for spearheading an interest in young Irish rock. Originally formed in Dún Laoghaire in 1975 as the Nightlife Thugs, the Dublin-based band comprised part-time music journalist Bob Geldof (Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof, 5 October 1951, Dún Laogh Read more

Big Audio Dynamite - 28% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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After Clash guitarist Mick Jones (26 June 1955, Brixton, London, England) was fired from that band in 1983, he formed an ill-fated outfit with former Clash drummer Topper Headon, before linking up with DJ and film maker Don Letts to form Big Audio Dynamite (or B.A.D., as they were commonly known). With Jones on guitar and Letts on keyboards and effects, they completed the li Read more

Hothouse Flowers - 28% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This folk-inspired Irish rock band, who took their name from the title of a Wynton Marsalis album, are based around the nucleus of vocalist and keyboard player Liam O Maonlai (7 November 1964, Dublin, Eire) and guitarist Fiachna O Braonain. The pair played in a punk band called Congress, before performing as the Incomparable Benzini Brothers. The duo busked in their native D Read more

China Crisis - 26% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
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This Liverpool, England-based band was formed in 1979 around the core of Gary Daly (10 May 1962, Kirkby, Merseyside, England; vocals) and Eddie Lundon (b. 9 June 1962, Kirkby, Merseyside, England; guitar). In 1982, their first single, ‘African And White’, initially on the independent Inevitable label, was picked up for distribution by Virgin Records and made a crit Read more

Lloyd Cole - 26% match to Big Country

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
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31 January 1961, Buxton, Derbyshire, England. Despite his birthplace, this literate singer-songwriter emerged from Glasgow’s post-punk renaissance. The Commotions, Neil Clark (b. 3 July 1955; guitar), Blair Cowan (keyboards), Lawrence Donegan (b. 13 July 1961; bass) and Stephen Irvine (b. 16 December 1959; drums) completed the line-up responsible for 1984’s Rattles Read more

Thompson Twins - 26% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Ian McCulloch - 25% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 May 1959, Liverpool, England. Best known as the frontman for 80s UK psychedelic post-punkers Echo And The Bunnymen, Ian McCulloch also forged a brief solo career after leaving the band in the late-80s. Like countless other British teenagers growing up in the mid-70s, McCulloch was inspired by the punk rock movement, enough so to start up his own band, Crucial Three, alongs Read more

Nik Kershaw - 25% match to Big Country

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Nicolas David Kershaw, 1 March 1958, Bristol, Somerset, England. Diminutive singer-songwriter Kershaw shone brightly for a couple of years in the mid-80s UK charts before taking a more behind the scenes role in later decades.Son of a flautist father and opera singing mother, Kershaw’s first foray into the arts was as a 13-year-old student actor p Read more


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