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In a Big Country – Big Country

In a Big Country – Big Country

“In a Big Country” by Big Country is an iconic 1980s one-hit wonder and a lasting example of a distinctive sound transcending playlists, preferences or tastes. That sounds awfully pretentious, so how about I dispense with all that crap and simply claim what “In a Big Country” really is: a great song. Name me another pop song that features guitars that sound like Scottish bag pipes. Name me another song that mixes a drum introduction that teases you … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid

Maybe it’s because I can still remember the MTV debut of this video. Maybe it’s the simple optimism and self-importance of this song. Maybe it’s because they pulled British legends and one-hit wonders into a studio at the same time. Maybe it’s Bono’s “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” -inspired yelp, George Michael’s comically committed lead vocals or Phil Collins’ pursed lips as he throws down the beat with great conviction and altruistic passion. Maybe it’s the bouncy beat, clanging synthesized bells … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop