An audio fanzine for legendary Scottish rock band Big Country, displaying incredible levels of geekitude when it comes to the discussion of Big Country minutiae.
The Great Divide, Episode 96
To celebrate the podcast's 10th anniversary, Tom and Svein speak at long last to Pete and Alan Wishart, the respective keyboardist and bassist in the very first incarnation of Big Country. This is an incredibly informative conversation on the earliest begninnings of the band, including the ill-fated Alice Cooper tour and the subsequent difficult decision by Stuart to revamp the lineup. Some rare live clips are played from BC's first-ever show, as well as some rare interview clips with Pete and Stuart from 1981. Joining Tom and Svein are the mighty JfnG and Stuart "Ming the Merciless" Menzies. Enjoy this incredible deep dive into this rare and formative period of the band's history.
The Great Divide, Episode 95
After talking about the possibility of a Wonderland deep-dive several times, it's finally happening. Tom and Svein dive deeper than ever before as they explore every aspect of the most significant singles release in the band's career and get into the song itself. You are welcome to join them, but encouraged to bring an extra oxygen tank for this one.
The Great Divide, Episode 94
Over thirteen months after the previous proper episode of The Great Divide, Tom and Svein are back. They may have missed out on a 2021 Christmas Yuletide episode, but as the traditional Yule season stretches well into January, your hosts make amends with a New Years Yule episode instead. 2021 is recapped and events are caught up on as our host shake off their ringrust in anticipation for a more active 2022.
The Great Divide, Special PSA v2
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The Great Divide, Episode 93
The Yuletide that nearly didn't happen is here. Join Tom and Svein for a look at the things that didn't happen this year, the things that happened, and the things we all have to look forward to. We send a Christmas letter to an old friend, and explore how Big Country music ended up in a computer game in the 1980s. Have at Yule!
The Great Divide, Episode 92
After a bit of a break since our last proper episode, Tom and Svein are joined by Bruce Watson and John Gouveia. Expect a bit of general catch-up and LOTS of questions submitted by BC fans on the Great Divide Facebook page. Hear Bruce talk about his pre-BC bands, the recent Skids online show, his Subbuteo collection (and plans to do a match video soon), memories of past shows, and much more.
Entertaining and encyclopedic
Tom and Svein are incredible in their knowledge of Big Country and entertaining way of imparting it to the rest of us. For myself, a fan that is much more than a casual BC fan , it amazes me as to the specific critiques and sound bites from BC’s history plus the frequent input from the band members themselves that they are able to get. They make me feel like I was backstage at the Barrowlands for all those shows. Thanks guys. Much appreciated.
Holy highland rout!
I did not know there was a deep dive Big Country podcast until I found it the other day. Subscribed and downloaded the episodes through The Seer. Loving it so far. Hopefully later episodes will get into lyrical content as SA’s lyrics are mind blowingly good. I snagged a PDF scan of an annotated lyric book a while back that offers great insight into the words. Can’t wait to hear more of this podcast. Thanks so much for doing this. Stay alive
The G.O.A.T. of podcasts!
This podcast is so well done, fascinating, and amusing that you don't even to have heard of the band Big Country to enjoy it. Tom and Svein are the perfect hosts and should have their own morning radio show!