I start to re-upload all of them plus some new one now in January 2013. Every thing before that date as been deleted by the authority. Enjoy the music and if you like a band just buy it at your music store.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Big dish / Swimmer

LINK: swimmer

01. Prospect street
02. Christina's world
03. Slide
04. Big new beginning
05. Another people's palace
06. Swimmer
07. The loneliest man in the world
08. Jealous
09. Her town
10. Beyond the pale
11. Second swimmer
12. From the neighbourhood
13. Back door bound

The Big Dish 

The Big Dish
Origin Airdrie, Scotland
Genres Rock
Years active 1983–1991, 2011-
The Big Dish are a Scottish pop/rock band formed in Airdrie, Scotland in 1983. The band initially comprised Steven Lindsay (vocals/guitar), Mark Ryce (guitar) and John Harper (keyboards). The trio was subsequently augmented on stage by Raymond Docherty (bass) and Keith Burns (drums). As well as releasing three studio albums, the band performed live as support to Lloyd Cole and Big Country.


By the time their debut album Swimmer was released on Virgin Records in 1986 the line-up had undergone notable changes, with Lindsay and Docherty joined by new guitarist Brian McFie, keyboardist/saxophonist Ian Ritchie (album recordings only), Allan Dumbreck on Keyboards and Dave Cantwell on Drums. Tracks on Swimmer were significantly polished versions of the tracks that had been played live up until then. Live, however, the songs from Swimmer had a punch to them that complemented songs played by the bands they supported. Songs like Slide with its simple bass line thumping out, were anathema to the late 80s "house" music that was taking over the charts and clubs of the time.
Lindsay, McFie and Docherty then completed the follow-up album Creeping Up On Jesus in 1988 with session musicians — including drummer Blair Cunningham and hornman Gary Barnacle, Craig Armstrong and Paul Wickens (keyboards) and a horn section. Despite Bruce Lampcov's muscular production, this second effort proved commercially unsuccessful and the band was dropped from Virgin, when Lindsay refused to countenance recording a cover version.
Lindsay and McFie recorded the band's last album Satellites for the American East/West label (a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records) in 1991 with assistance from Armstrong, Docherty, record producer Warne Livesey and a number of session musicians, including bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Manu Katché. They also put together a new touring line-up featuring bassist Tracey Gilbert and drummer Skip Reid. However, despite critical acclaim for the new record and a hit single ("Miss America" entered the UK Singles Chart at #37), the group disbanded shortly afterwards.
A compilation of the group's work entitled Rich Man's Wardrobe was released by Virgin Records in 1994, featuring cuts from the band’s two albums with the label, and the inclusion of rare track "Voodoo Baby".

Post Big Dish

Not long after the split, Lindsay resumed his partnership with Armstrong. Lindsay provided vocals on Armstrong’s 2002 album As If to Nothing. To promote this release, Lindsay returned to the live arena, performing throughout Europe with a thirty-piece orchestra.
Lindsay returned to the fold in late 2004 on his own Seminal label with the piano-driven Exit Music featuring string arrangements by the Scottish Ensemble. Lindsay plays and programmes all other instruments and the album has received widerspread acclaim. The Australian edition of the album contains two additional tracks. Lindsay was then signed to Chrysalis Records, and in 2007 the second solo CD Kite was released, including a cover of "Monkey Gone to Heaven", originally by Pixies.


The band reunited to play a sold out show at Glasgow ABC on 21 January 2012 as part of the Celtic Connections festival, and the Darvel Music Festival in May 2012. The lineup for the reunion was Lindsay, McFie, Docherty, Dumbreck and Ross McFarlane (drums).


  • 1986 Swimmer
  • 1988 Creeping Up On Jesus
  • 1991 Satellites
  • 1994 Rich Man's Wardrobe - A Concise History
  • 1985 "Big New Beginning"
  • 1985 "Prospect Street"
  • 1986 "Slide"
  • 1986 "Prospect Street" (Re-Release)
  • 1987 "Christina's World"
  • 1988 "European Rain"
  • 1988 "Faith Healer"
  • 1990 "Miss America"
  • 1991 "Big Town" (remix)
  • 1991 "25 Years"

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