One UK music critic once said that The Blue Nile ‘do virtually nothing very slowly.’ Chris Martin recently admitted he’d never heard of them. So who are they? Well, they’re from Glasgow, and amongst the cognoscenti, famously take anywhere between five and eight years to release a new album. Founded in 1981, their singer songwriter’s Paul Buchanan, and their 1989 album “Hats” from which ‘The Downtown Lights” is taken, was named by “Q” magazine in their top 100 of all time.
The track here elevates romantic yearning to an art form…which is pretty much what all Blue Nile songs do! I owe my best mate from Falkirk the heads up on this lot; he played it one smoke-filled evening and I disappeared into the musical oblivion that was required. It may be melancholic, but it’s a rare treat too.
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About the Curator: Richard Parsons
I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.
In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?”