Stuart Adamson of Big Country, “In A Big Country” – Suicide
The 80s were a time when rock truly went international, with interesting voices cropping up from all over the world. Scottish alternative band Big Country scored a Billboard hit with 1983’s “In A Big Country,” an anthemic rock number with electric guitars heavily processed to resemble bagpipes.
They were dropped by their label in 1991 and eventually turned into a touring support act, cashing in on the last of their fame to grab gigs warming audiences up for bands like the Rolling Stones. Their attempt at a comeback was scuppered by the mysterious disappearance of singer Stuart Adamson, who vanished without a trace in 2001. A month later, Adamson was found dead in the closet of a hotel room in Honolulu, having drunkenly hung himself.