Horizon

Big Sky

Released in July 1995 by Polygram, catalogue number BPCD 1. Produced by Steve Louw and Shelly Yakus. Mixed by Shelly Yakus and Rob Jacobs.

Big Sky - Horizon
Big Sky – Horizon

Tracks

  1. One Cut With a Knife [4.23] single 1995
  2. Step On [3.12]
  3. Bye Bye Johnny [4.27]
  4. The River Flowing [2.41]
  5. Strange Room [3.32] single 1995
  6. Run To Me [4.49]
  7. Kathleen [2.56] single 1996
  8. Hells Gates [4.12]
  9. San Diego Serenade [3.57]
  10. City Of Love [3.24]
  11. Blue Eyes [2.53]

All songs written by Steve Louw except ‘San Diego Serenade’ by Tom Waits.

Musicians

  • Steve Louw: vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Scott Crago: drums, percussion
  • Mark Harris: bass
  • Benmont Tench: Hammond organ, piano
  • Tommy Girvin: electric & acoustic guitars, backing vocals
  • Mona Lisa & Terry Young: backing vocals on ‘One Cut With A Knife’
  • Kip Lennon & Mark Lennon: backing vocals on ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ & ‘Kathleen’
Horizon Back Cover
Horizon Back Cover

Award

FNB South African Music Awards 1996
Best Pop Music Performance, Best Rock Album
Big Sky for Horizon

FNB South African Music Awards
1996
Best Pop Music Performance
Best Rock Album
Big Sky for Horizon
FNB SAMA 1996, Best Pop Music Performance, Best Rock Album
Big Sky for Horizon
FNB South African Music Awards
1996
Best Pop Music Performance
Best Rock Album
Big Sky for Horizon
FNB SAMA 1996, Best Pop Music Performance, Best Rock Album
Big Sky for Horizon

Videos

Strange Room is a “S’Effrican in New York” thing with a reference to Sting, singing about Russians and trees, and all he’s got is a one-way ticket and a case of anti-freeze. Truly terrific.
Look to find One Cut With A Knife on the radio almost every time you switch it on; it’s just the right combination of hook and rock, a humming and bopping thing.

Reviews

MARTELL BLUES ROCK FESTIVAL 1996:
BIG SKY
– with his second album “Horizon”, Steve Louw managed to clinch the “Best Rock Act” of 1996 award at the FNB Music Awards. The album is still cruising the airwaves with songs like “Kathleen” and “Strange Room”.

Steve Louw

IN THE GROOVE
by Evan Milton
Hit the open road to this sound

BIG SKY: Horizon. A follow-up to 1990’s Waiting For The Dawn, Horizon is the lovechild of Clifton singer-songwriter Steve Louw, formerly of 80’s rockers All Night Radio. To achieve the quality necessary for his idea, Louw took his songs to Los Angeles, where producer Shelly Yakus helped polish the product. Yakus has worked with U2, Dire Straits and Tom Petty, which suits the Big Sky three-chord rock ‘n roll sound just fine. One Cut With A Knife deals with the loss of self-respect which abused women experience in relationships they struggle to escape from. Penned with sensitivity and sung with feeling, the song delves deeper into human relationships than your average pop hit, showing the terrible truth of someone in a position to say: “I hate myself for loving you.” This isn’t to say Horizon is heavy and maudlin: the album swings, grooves and gets you to shake that funky thang the way solid rock should. Big Sky’s songs capture the unique imagery of South African life and retell it in a rock ‘n roll, jeans, leather and cowboy boots, six-string on my back, motorbikes and strong whisky kind of way. Buy this before your next long trip – or maybe buy it just because you’re stuck in an office and can’t take one.


BIG SKY Horizon
by Michael Cross

Calling Steve Louw, who is Big Sky, “the local Bryan Adams” might annoy him, but it’s a tag I tend to agree with. The album is slick, epic, made-for-big-screen stuff, and sure doesn’t sound like it’s from here at all. In fact, it was recorded in the USA with the best backing musos he could afford, but it’s not all indulgent. Steve’s as passionate about what he does as the next guy. He tackles Tom Waits’ San Diego Serenade, which is a little ambitious, but by far the best is Strange Room – a “S’Effrican in New York” thing with a reference to Sting, singing about Russians and trees, and all he’s got is a one-way ticket and a case of anti-freeze. Truly terrific. Steve Louw was with Cape Town rockers All Night Radio before commuting overseas to make albums with serious session men. It beats the hell out of disappearing without a trace.

Horizon's slick, polished big rock sound won Steve the 1996 FNB Music Award for Best Rock Act, and songs like "One Cut With a Knife", "Kathleen" and "Strange Room" are still cruising the airwaves.
Horizon’s slick, polished big rock sound won Steve the 1996 FNB Music Award for Best Rock Act, and songs like “One Cut With a Knife”, “Kathleen” and “Strange Room” are still cruising the airwaves.

TOP 40 (July 1995) BIG SKY – HORIZON – TEAL

Once upon a time there was All Night Radio, led by the sometimes abrasive and generally in your rock ‘n roll face Steve Louw. They played raunchy and punchy rock songs at a time when everybody else was going ethnic, and they gave the impression that no stage or territory was big enough for them. It was a rather premature attitude, and after a couple of years of hard gigging and a reasonable amount of chart success, they went the way of so many other bands in this country. All was quiet on the All Night Radio front, and many thought that was it. Then, with little fanfare and fuss, Big Sky appeared; a mature version of the same thing, a great album which was all over your radio in 1990, an album that went on to sell thousands. Louw was back, less abrasive, more thought provoking, and producing a music that stood on it’s own, both here and abroad. Horizon is the second release by this band, and what a good one it is; the intervening period has been put to good use, and this selection of finely crafted and produced songs is evidence of that.

Produced in L.A. by Steve Louw and Shelly Yakus – he of U2 fame – Horizon stretches this band’s horizon’s considerably. It’s an unashamed rock album, paying lip service to a variety of influences; you’ll find yourself thinking oh, that’s familiar, but without being able to put your finger on it. The reason for this is clear; it’s a work that fits firmly into its genre whilst maintaining it’s own originality and individuality. With the exception of San Diego Serenade, a Tom Waits track, the songs are all written by Louw, and what an exceptional songwriter he has become. Look to find ‘One Cut With A Knife’ on the radio almost every time you switch it on; it’s just the right combination of hook and rock, a humming and bopping thing. There’s something for everybody here; Mr Louw has clearly mellowed somewhat, and there’s a bit of country, a bit of blues and some fine ballads. The cover and the name are apt; it is an album that is full of space and wide horizons, and the cover picture is emblematic of all that, a guitarist leaps into the sky, and hopefully takes you along with him. Buy it.


Lyrics

One Cut With a Knife

One cut with a knife
One hit and my life
Just shatters in pieces
Just scatters and he says on your feet

Out in the night
Out of my life
I didn’t mean it – I’m bleeding
I didn’t mean it – I’m pleading

I hate myself for loving you
For all the things you’ve made me do

One cut, one knife
One hit, one life

Honey come over here
Honey you’ve got nothing to fear
Why did you make me so bad
Why did you make me so mad

I hate myself for loving you
For all the times I’ve been used
About self-respect I just don’t know
Just can’t find my way home

Chorus


Strange Room

My comboy boots and a coat of black leather
Walking down the street I’m feeling better
Seems like it’s been so long ago
That I felt like I had somewhere to go
Out here where I’ve never been
Seen some people I’ve never seen

Got a map in my hand and a book on mars
Reading about people they say are the stars
There’s a new moon rising across a yellow moon
Clouds throwing shadows across a strange room
Sting’s on the cover of Rolling Stone
In a country where the nomads roam
Singing songs about Russians and trees
I got a one way ticket and a case of anti-freeze

My comboy boots and a coat of brown leather
Walking down the street I’m feeling better
Seems like it’s been so long ago
That I felt like I had somewhere to go
Sting’s on the cover of Rolling Stone
In a country where the nomads roam
Singing songs about Russians and trees
I got a one way ticket and a case of anti-freeze


Run To Me

The sky is crying
See the tears turn into a rainbow sun
I see you laughing with your head thrown back
You’re saying you’re the one
Shake the tree and butterflies float through your blue eyes
I hold your face as the clouds float by we learn to Hy

Oh baby run to me
Oh baby run to me
We see a purple sky
Reach up and touch us we’re so high

Fields of flowers
Turning in the chains of your long hair
I kiss the clouds
As we’re climbing up these ragged stairs

Chorus

Touch the clouds under me
Floating higher flying free

Rolling and tumbling
Through the diamonds burning in the sky
I reach up for you
And pull them down one by one

Chorus


Kathleen

Oh Kathleen you’re a real live wire
Oh Kathleen you’re my heart’s desire
Oh Kathleen feel my heart break
With every step that you take

You’re going to miss me
When I’m gone
Come here and kiss me
Let me feel those loving arms
Baby Kathleen my baby Kathleen

Oh Kathleen I love you so
With all my heart with all my soul
You came to me from the stars
Feel your love beating in your heart

Chorus

Oh Kathleen you’re a real live wire
Oh Kathleen you’re my heart’s desire


Blue Eyes

Blue eyes shining bright
Come to me, in the night
Darling blue eyes deep and wild
Sleep now my little child

Blue eyes I love you so
Fill my heart soothe my soul
Blue eyes filled with tears
Hold you close still your fears

Blue eyes I love you so
Little child heart of gold
Part of me part of you
Sleep now my baby blue

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