Altogether now: “Ooooooh baby I love your way, every day yea eh yea”! 1994. Big Mountain. Where are they now?!

by Christopher Smith

Six-piece group Big Mountain formed in San Diego, CA in 1986, but it wasn’t until 1994 that they hit the big time with a cover of Peter Frampton’s 1975 song “Baby I Love Your Way”, which was featured in the film ‘Reality Bites’ and made the top ten in over twenty countries around the world. Their version would beat Frampton’s original, which reached No.12 in the US and No.43 in the UK, when it peaked at No.6 in America and spent three weeks at No.2 in the UK, becoming the 28th biggest seller of the year there. The song would also top the charts in Denmark, Spain, Sweden and the US mainstream top 40 chart.

When formed, the group travelled and toured as Rainbow Warriors but when vocalist Joaquin ‘Quino’ McWhinney joined in 1988, he persuaded the remaining members to change theie name to Big Mountain. He secured the group a record deal with Giant (Warner) Records and later that year they released their debut album “California Reggae”. The follow up, “Wake Up”, came in 1992 and gave the group their first US singles chart success with the song “Touch My Light”, which reached No.51 there.

Numerous line up changes have occurred since the group’s inception, twenty one to be exact, and at the time of recording their third album “Unity” in 1993/94, no fewer than eleven members of the group passed through the recording studio! The album was headlined by “Baby I Love Your Way” which received mass radio play on both sides of the Atlantic ensuring that when released as a single, it quickly took off and became the huge hit it would turn out to be. A previous cover of the song had topped the US singles chart in 1989 (Will To Power), but had not been as successful as Big Mountain’s version would be throughout the rest of the world, not least in the UK where it entered the singles chart at No.7 (that week’s highest new entry) and climbed to spend its three weeks in second place. It was kept off the top by Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around”!

“Unity” would become far and away their biggest selling long player with over a million units sold to date. A second single “Sweet Sensual Love” would peak at No.51 in the UK and No.80 in the US.

The group released the single “Get Together” in 1995 which made No.44 in The States but failed to find an audience elsewhere. It was taken from their fourth album “Resistance”, released at the beginning of 1996. Big Mountain would tour and release an album roughly every 15 months from then on until “New Day” in 2002, after which they decided to take a break with McWhinney pursuing a career as a teacher at a high school in San Diego!

In 2013 with yet more new members, Big Mountain reformed and began playing at various festivals across America and in 2016 released a brand new album “Perfect Summer” and the single “Here Comes The Sun”. And just last month it was announced that their twelfth studio album “Young Dread” was due to launch this Summer, preceded by the title track which is now available on all media and across all listening platforms! Welcome back BM!

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