Stuart Adamson (William Stuart Adamson, 11 April 1958, Manchester, England, d. 16 December 2001, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; guitar/vocals) formed Big Country in June 1981 upon his departure from Scottish new wave outfit the Skids. His first recruit was childhood friend Bruce Watson (b. 11 March 1961, Timmins, Ontario, Canada; guitar), but early plans to work solely as a studio ensemble were quickly abandoned. An initial line-up completed by Clive Parker and brothers Peter and Alan Wishart proved incompatible, so in April 1982 Adamson and Watson brought in Mark Brzezicki (b. 21 June 1957, Slough, Buckinghamshire, England; drums) and Tony Butler (b. 13 February 1957, London, England; bass), two former members of On The Air, a band that had supported the Skids on an earlier tour. A month later the new line-up signed a recording contract with Mercury Records.
Despite several overtures, Adamson preferred to remain close to his adopted home town of...
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