The Big Dish (band)

The Big Dish (band)

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The Big Dish were 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). Early support slots with Lloyd Cole helped them to find a wider audience. An early track - 'Reverend Killer' - appears on the 1986 compilation album, "Honey at the Core".


By the time their well-received 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 and keyboardist/saxophonist Ian Ritchie.

Creeping Up On Jesus

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 (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.

atellites and split

Lindsay and McFie recorded the band’s last record "Satellites" for the U.S. East/West label (a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records) in 1991 with assistance from Armstrong, Docherty, 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.

Rich Man's Wardrobe

A posthumous ‘best of’ 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".

teven Lindsay: 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 is now 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.



wimmer (1986)

* "Prospect Street"
* "Christina’s World"
* "Slide"
* "Big New Beginning"
* "Another People’s Palace"
* "Swimmer"
* "Loneliest Man in the World"
* "Jealous"
* "Her Town"
* "Beyond the Pale"
* "Second Swimmer"
* "From the Neighbourhood"
* "Back Door Bound"

Creeping Up On Jesus (1988)

* "Life"
* "Waiting for the Parade"
* "Faith Healer"
* "Burn"
* "Swansong"
* "European Rain"
* "Jean"
* "Monday"
* "Wishing Time"
* "Where Do You Live"
* "Can't Stand Up" (extra track)

atellites (1991)

* "Miss America"
* "State of the Union"
* "Across the Province"
* "Give Me Some Time"
* "25 Years"
* "Big Town"
* "Shipwrecked"
* "Warning Sign"
* "Bona Fide"
* "Learn to Love"

Rich Man’s Wardrobe - A Concise History (1994)

* "Christina’s World"
* "Wishing Time"
* "Swimmer"
* "Life"
* "Big New Beginning"
* "Jealous"
* "Faith Healer"
* "Jean"
* "Where Do You Live"
* "Waiting for the Parade"
* "European Rain"
* "Loneliest Man in the World"
* "Voodoo Baby"
* "Slide"
* "Prospect Street"


* 1985 "Big New Beginning" b/w "Jealous", "I Must Be In Love"
* 1985 "Prospect Street" b/w "Something from Nothing", "Tours"
* 1986 "Slide" b/w "Reverend Killer", "Presence"
* 1986 "Prospect Street" (Re-Release) b/w "From the Neighbourhood"
* 1987 "Christina's World" b/w "Everlasting Faith", "Prospect Street '85"
* 1988 "European Rain" b/w "Voodoo Baby", "Time On Your Own"
* 1988 "Faith Healer" b/w "Be My Friend", "Country Song", "Things Fall Into Place"
* 1990 "Miss America" b/w "From The Mission Bell", "Town Celebrity", "Roll Down The Flag"
* 1991 "Big Town" b/w "Good Way", "He Stumbled On Some Magic", "Medicine Jar"
* 1991 "25 Years" b/w "Swimmer" (live), "Jealous" (live), "Refugee" (live)

External links

* [ Steven Lindsay website]


* Amazon
* VH1
* Trouserpress
* Encyclopedia of Modern Music, Copyright Muze UK Ltd. 1989-2004

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