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Old 12-18-01, 09:34 PM
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Big Country's Stuart Adamson Gone

For those who haven't heard, Big Country singer and guitarist Stuart Adamson was found dead in a hotel in Hawaii this past Sunday, apparently after comitting suicide---asphyxiation from hanging. There weren't many details released, but he had just split up with his wife, and I seem to recall that he had an ongoing battle with alcohol.

This was really depressing to me. Growing up in the early 80's, that wave of music consisting of U2, Big Country, Simple Minds, Alarm and the Waterboys was (and is) hugely inspirational to me. I still say Big Country's Steeltown is one of the best albums of the 80's.

Not to imply that some suicides are better than others, but with some of the super-hedonistic, wild-lifestyle rock stars with harsh, jaded songs and lyrics, well, their early demise might be a little more expected. I just find it very sad that someone like Stuart Adamson, who expressed such uplifting and inspiring music, could have reached such a point of discouragement.

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Dumbass. I hate when people kill themselves. Big Country was a good band. I love Fields of Fire.
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That is very sad. I always found their music inspiring. In my opinion they were one band that always stayed true to their ideals and always had the attitude that no matter what crap you were dealt you could rise above it. I find it sad that Stuart couldn't believe in it himself.
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I saw them a couple of times, on their own and when the opened for Bowie. It's very sad that anyone should so under value a life.
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I also liked "Fields of Fire".

I still remember the very first time I ever heard "In a Big Country" and was really blown away (in Junior High).

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