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Scotland Goes Pop! (7)

I remember very clearly the first time I heard this record. I was a DJ at the Saints and Sinners in Glasgow (Now KIng Tuts) and had received a promotional copy of it. It was 1984 and to be honest I wasn’t keen on much of the music I was playing at the time. The ‘new romantic’ vibe was still happening and although that threw up a few decent records, like punk it was really just a fashion thing with music piggy backing it (stands back for alternative view).

Anyway I listened to this and it spoke to me immediately. I loved the whole imagery and sound. It seemed to me that The Blue Nile had raised the bar by some considerable distance with this single. Funnily enough I bought the album (A Walk Across the Rooftops) soon afterwards and I struggled with it for a long time before it became embedded as one of my favourite albums of all time. The album was released by Linn Records. Linn were (are) are Glasgow based hi-fi hardware company and they picked up on AWATR as an album which could promote their products.

My liking for this record began something for me which has lasted nearly quarter of a century. During that time only four albums have surfaced but we are told there is another one on the way (I’m not holding my breath!) In the meantime if you haven’t heard A Walk Across The Rooftops, Hats or Peace At Last (or High) they are available at knock down prices. What are you waiting for?


5 Responses

  1. Try as I might they just haven’t done it for me Rab. Maybe like you say it takes a long time and I’ve just never given it enough. It’s not that I dislike them, it’s just that can always think of other things to play in preference. It’s one of the fascinating things about music…what makes a song ‘talk’ to us?

  2. Aha! good point Richard!

    (I feel that pseuds corner perhaps beckons here)

    What I meant was that I too have those filmic moments that obviously inspire Paul Buchanan whether that is a parade or lights reflecting on a river or some cars moving slowly or even just some *tall buildings* (reaching up in vain!). I suppose many would regard these things as mundane or commonplace. However if you’ve contemplated them as having some importance, beauty even and then hear someone articulating that in song and accompanying the lyrics with such complimentary music, it’s like they’re speaking to you.

    It’s a kind of long winded way of saying I’m a space cadet really!

  3. Just a wee note to say how much I enjoyed flipping through yir blog, having chanced across it quite at random

    As a HUGE “The Blue Nile” fan myself, I particularly enjoyed your wee gig review, and did also have a good giggle at the “balls in the Falklands” gag


    stu who?

  4. Why thank you indeed Stu. I hope you keep looking in.

    I thought I recognised that name! http://www.myspace.com/stuwho2006

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