The Blue Nile

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


This enigmatic Scottish band was formed in 1981 by Glasgow University students Paul Buchanan (Glasgow, Scotland; vocals, guitar, synthesizers), Robert Bell (b. Glasgow, Scotland; synthesizers) and Paul Joseph Moore (b. Glasgow, Scotland; piano, synthesizers). Taking their name from Alan Moorehead’s 1962 novel, the Blue Nile’s debut single, ‘I Love This Life’, was recorded independently and subsequently picked up by RSO Records, which promptly folded. Eventually, a demo of the track ‘A Walk Across The Rooftops’ found its way to hi-fi specialists Linn Products, so that the company could test various types of music at their new cutting plant. In spite of their lack of experience in the record retail market, Linn immediately signed the band to make A Walk Across The Rooftops, which was released in 1984 to considerable praise. Suddenly, owing to some gently emotive synthetics and an overall mood which seemed to revel in nocturnal...

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