The Epic 2017 Project #21: 170121
Big Country – No place like home (1991)
No Place Like Home nearly broke up Big Country. Drummer Mark Brzezicki returned to the studio as a session drummer after leaving the band. The album found Big Country trying to reinvent themselves and shift away from their 1980s image. It was not a commercial success and was not released in America, although two re-recorded tracks showed up on 1993’s The Buffalo Skinners.
In 1991, the band was dropped by Phonogram, the label that had released all of their material for ten years. After that, Big Country became a minor act, popping up in the lower echelons of the charts in the UK and Europe with the release of every subsequent album. Only one of these, 1993’s The Buffalo Skinners, received a major label release (via Chrysalis Records), and it seemed a return to form of sorts for the band, reaching the UK Top 25.
The band’s still together and still tour. Although to be fair, nowadays it’s mainly to a cult following of diehard fans. The ‘big’ part of Big Country died when Stuart Adamson, its lead singer and founder, passed away in December 2001.