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Top Of The Pops: Big Country Live At King Tut’s in Glasgow, July 7, 2011


Hot off the press, here are a few videos I shot during Big Country‘s brilliant gig at King Tut’s in Glasgow last night.

With original members Bruce Watson, Tony Butler and Mark Brzezicki now joined by The Alarm‘s Mike Peters on vocals – taking over from his friend, the late Stuart Adamson – (plus Bruce’s son Jamie on guitar), this is not quite the same as the original Big Country and never will be, given the large shoes Adamson left to fill.

However, this line-up is undoubtedly as close as you could possibly hope to get to recapturing the spirit of the band in the glory of its 80s hey-day.

Mike Peters, still gigging with his own band (also a favourite of the Choob‘s) in addition to his new Big Country duties, is respectful and worthy of Adamson’s legacy and has the voice, personality and stage presence that has already won over the legion of Big Country fans, who have taken him to their hearts.

This week, we had a rare chance to see a band of Big Country‘s stature in a small, cosy, intimate venue when they played in front of around 250 fans at the legendary King Tut’s in Glasgow as a warm-up for their T In The Park appearance this weekend. Enjoy!

Chance

Fields Of Fire

Porrohman

Wonderland

In A Big Country

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Cool Retro Football T-Shirts From tenten*


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So, full time is rapidly approaching in the 2010 World Cup.

There’s just over a week to go now until the Final and then that’s our lot for another four years.

But though the feast of football is almost done, the festival need never end – thanks to a bunch of talented artists  who have just launched their own design and print studio with a range of stylish, hand-printed, retro football-themed T-shirts.

The inaugural offerings from tenten* – who are based near Glasgow, Scotland – celebrate football in general and the highlights of World Cups and European Championships gone by.

Here are a few of the offerings from their initial range (other colour combos are available – check the website for the full range).

Buy now and get in before the brand becomes famous and everyone is wearing the label.

This one celebrates Maradona’s legendary goal for Argentina against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico (La Mano De Dios = The Hand Of God).

Ask nicely and they might even add the “Maradona 10” back print in the photo below this one:

The white shirt below celebrates the French triumph at Euro 84, in particular the Carre Magique – the Magic Square of midfielders Luis Fernandez, Jean Tigana, Alain Giresse and Michel Platini:

The next one is a tribute to Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning squad (beer belly optional):

And here is a more generic Copa futbol shirt:

And here’s the motley crew who are responsible for them all (but don’t let that put you off buying):

I should point out that one of the guys behind the studio is a mate of mine from work but beyond that I have no connection to it. However, it’s a talented group of guys and if you want to support their future work, I know they’d appreciate your custom.

Also, for their latest product announcements, check out their Facebook page here.

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A Word From Our Sponsors… Tennent’s Lager: Caledonia


I started this classic adverts feature with a selection of the best commercials for McEwan’s Lager, so it’s only fitting that at some point we have a look at their rivals Tennent’s, Scotland’s biggest lager brand.

This choice is more personal than most, so to give you some background to the advert, which dates from around 1991, the Choob is from Glasgow and my first job (which I started in 1990), was as a computer programmer in Reading, Berkshire, in the south of England.

Fresh out of university, I soon realised the job I was doing wasn’t for me and I can’t say I was a big fan of Reading.

So I was soon feeling increasingly homesick and sorry for myself… and then Tennent’s started broadcasting this advert, which managed the rare trick of making me feel both better and worse.

The song is Caledonia, sung by the influential, though not particularly commercially successful, Glaswegian singer-songwriter Frankie Miller. It’s a cover version of a song written by Dougie MacLean.

Languishing in my miserable exile in Reading, the advert (and the song) made me feel even worse about my predicament as it summed up my feelings of displacement and despair – yet also gave me hope and optimism for the future that things can be changed for the better.

And change for the better they did – I wasn’t brave enough to chuck my briefcase in the bin and leave my job but the company I worked for (ICL) made the decision for me when I was made redundant after two years, during a cull of our part of the company.

I returned to Scotland and was lucky enough to manage to make the switch to the career that I had always dreamed of when I was at school (journalism).

But before that happened, I revelled in my misery in Reading. I bought Frankie Miller‘s Caledonia single and I’m sure I must have driven my four (English) housemates mad by repeatedly blasting it out of the stereo in my room. Sorry about that…

And so, to conclude this week’s Message From Our Sponsors, here is the music video for the full version of Miller’s version of Caledonia:

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