The Teacher – Big Country (1986)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, The Teacher by Big Country. The record was released in 1986, on the Phonogram record label and has been reworked into the shape of a mortarboard or square academic hat as worn by university graduates and teachers.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Big Country,  teaching, graduates, graduation hats,  or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: The Teacher
Media Artist/s: Big Country
Record Label: Phonogram
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Pop Rock

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Additional information about this, Big Country vinyl art.

Big Country – The Artist

Big Country are a Scottish rock band formed in Dunfermline, Fife, in 1981. The height of the band’s popularity was in the early to mid 1980s, although they still retain a cult following. The band’s music incorporated Scottish folk and martial music styles, and the band engineered their guitar-driven sound to evoke the sound of bagpipes, fiddles and other traditional folk instruments. Big Country originally comprised of Stuart Adamson (formerly of Skids, vocals/guitar/keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar/mandolin/sitar/vocals), Tony Butler (bass guitar/vocals) and Mark Brzezicki (drums/percussion/vocals).

The Teacher – The Song

‘The Teacher’ is a song by Scottish rock band Big Country, released in 1986 as the second single from their third studio album The Seer. It was written by Stuart Adamson and produced by Robin Millar. ‘The Teacher’ reached No. 28 in the UK, and No. 14 in Ireland. A music video showing a car trip through the Scottish Highland was filmed to promote the single.

The Graduation Hat – The Shape

Modelled into a square academic cap, Graduation hat or Mortarboard hat. This squared shaped hat is part of Academic dress which is a traditional form of clothing for academic settings, mainly tertiary (and sometimes secondary) education, worn mainly by those who have obtained a university degree (or similar), or hold a status that entitles them to assume them. The square academic cap, graduate cap, cap, mortarboard (because of its similarity in appearance to the mortarboard used by brickmasons to hold mortar or Oxford cap, is an item of academic dress consisting of a horizontal square board fixed upon a skull-cap, with a tassel attached to the centre. In the UK and the US, it is commonly referred to informally in conjunction with an academic gown as a “cap and gown”. The cap, together with the gown and sometimes a hood, now form the customary uniform of a university graduate in many parts of the world, following a British model. In reality teachers themselves really wore a mortarboard but are often portrayed wearing such hats in comics and book illustrations.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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