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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?


Deep Blue

I was originally only going to one Blue Nile Show in Glasgow this week (on Friday). However my friend Steve from Stockport in Cheshire having demurred initially on travelling (“I’ll leave it Rab – they’re bound to do Manchester”) realised his error and bought me a ticket for the show tonight (Wednesday) in return for airport transfers and a kip for the night. We shall spend the day limbering up for the gig and look forward to meeting our German friends Marc and Andrea as well as any other familiar faces we encounter in the afternoon.

In celebration here are The Blue Nile from 1996 on Jools Holland playing Tinseltown in the Rain.