It was all very primitive back then — you had to hit it about two seconds before you wanted the sound to appear in the song. The most commonly told story [ citation needed ]  about the Blue Nile is that in they were approached by local a hi-fi manufacturer, Linn Products , and asked to produce a song that would showcase the Linn equipment to best effect.
Linn was so pleased with the resulting record that it offered the Blue Nile a contract to make a whole album, and set up its own record label specifically to release it. In interviews, both Buchanan and Moore have categorically denied that Linn approached the band to make a record for them, or that the record company influenced the album's sound in any way at all, with Moore saying, "It was a myth that we were a 'hi-fi band signed to a hi-fi company'.
We just got lucky that we'd found our way to an excellent engineer who knew the company. Since Malcolm was a friend of Linn's founder Ivor Tiefenbrun , and had ties with the company, his studio was fitted out with Linn equipment. When Linn representatives visited one day and asked to hear some music to test out their new speakers, Malcolm played them the demo of " Tinseltown in the Rain ". Impressed, Linn offered the band a contract with the record label it was in the process of setting up.
On its release, A Walk Across the Rooftops gained widespread acclaim from music critics for its mixture of sparse, detailed electronic sounds and Buchanan's soulful vocals, later described as a "fusion of chilly technology and a pitch of confessional, romantic soul". The band's profile began to grow, although its existence remained precarious. Buchanan commented, "I've always found it strange that people missed the 'punk' aspect of A Walk Across the Rooftops.
We were living in a flat in Glasgow with no hot water. We barely knew what we were doing and that was very liberating. Keen to capitalise on the positive critical reception awarded to A Walk Across the Rooftops , Linn sent the band back to Castlesound studio early in to produce a quick follow-up record. However, as the band later admitted, there was no new material ready to record, and they were not happy with the songs they were producing under pressure in the studio.
The lack of progress led to stress and arguments among the band members, and matters were not helped when Virgin Records , to whom Linn had licensed the band's records, began legal proceedings against the group and the label for not producing the new material stipulated in the licensing agreement. After two years with almost nothing to show for its efforts, the band was forced to leave the studio to make way for another band, and had to return home to Glasgow.
Away from the pressures of the studio, the group overcame the writer's block and, eventually returning to Castlesound in , was able to rapidly complete a new album. Hats was released in October to rave reviews, including a rare five-star rating from Q magazine. It was also the group's breakthrough record in the US , where it reached on the US Billboard album charts in May The Blue Nile's first live public performance after making A Walk Across the Rooftops was in December on the television programme Halfway to Paradise , a Scottish-based arts magazine show broadcast on Channel 4.
The band also composed and performed the theme tune for the programme, later released as a single B-side. The band played two songs with the American singer Rickie Lee Jones who had recently befriended the band and had become one of its biggest supporters , performing her own "Flying Cowboys" and the Blue Nile's "Easter Parade".
During , the Blue Nile supported Jones on her US tour their experience in America was filmed by BBC Scotland for a documentary titled Flags and Fences , followed by a tour of the UK culminating in two homecoming gigs in September at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall , becoming the first non-classical band to play at the newly opened venue. As a result, Buchanan moved to Los Angeles and lived there for a while, and had a relationship with the actress Rosanna Arquette between and I have to say it was lived in all earnest And there was much good there, I enjoyed it, I really enjoyed it The great thing all the time was you were constantly wanting to phone friends and say, Guess who's in the shop?
Guess who's in the supermarket? I'm not immune to all that. In the movies—celluloid's better than life isn't it? It makes everything glossy. I don't mean it's better, but it's so glamorous, I met lots of people—it was fascinating. Lennox later covered "The Downtown Lights" from Hats for her second album, Medusa , released in Records in , although it later transpired that Buchanan had made the deal by himself without informing his bandmates.
His explanation was that "none of the others were in town at the time". Having spent two years looking at and dismissing locations in cities such as Venice , Amsterdam and Copenhagen , the record was finally recorded piecemeal over three locations in Paris , Dublin and Los Angeles. It displayed a marked difference in style to the first two albums, with Buchanan's acoustic guitar work more to the fore.
Buchanan recalled that he had bought the guitar in a New York music shop, and by coincidence Robert Bell had seen the guitar earlier the same day and called Buchanan to tell him about it. Despite the release of Peace at Last on a major label, critical reaction to the album was more mixed than for the band's previous records,  although sales were good, entering the UK album chart at In , the Blue Nile appointed a full-time manager for the first time - the experienced ex- Dire Straits manager, Ed Bicknell - who extricated the group from the deal with Warner Bros.
He also attempted to persuade the band to change its recording habits, but had little success. Bicknell parted ways with the band in , later saying that "in terms of the modern recording world the history of the Blue Nile was the most screwed-up I had ever encountered".
After the longest period yet between albums, the Blue Nile released High in August Part of the lengthy delay in making the record was due to Buchanan contracting a form of chronic fatigue syndrome which affected his health for two years, but as he explained on the album's release, it was mostly a result of the band's perfectionism taking hold once again, "We recorded an album and a half and The vast majority of it we just dumped; we just put it to one side and didn't touch it any more.
Although acoustic guitar is still present on some tracks, the overall musical sound is more reminiscent of Hats. It became apparent during the recording of High that old tensions among the band members had resurfaced. Buchanan's comments in a interview seemed to indicate that the album was finished out of a sense of duty and loyalty rather than any willingness to do so. We'd gathered ourselves long enough to make it. It seemed to me a stoic record, to some extent a record about ourselves, though I didn't realise that 'til later.
It was a collected and fairly stoic record which I was proud of and, in a sense, we just made ourselves focus. We showed up, we went into the room and worked, and whatever drift had set in we were loyal to each other and we knew we had to form the wagons into a circle. During preparations for the tour in February following the album's release, Buchanan and Bell realised that Moore had stopped contacting them and would not be showing up for the tour.
Buchanan and Bell toured England and Scotland in May and June , followed by Scotland and Ireland in November , billed as "Paul Buchanan sings the songs of the Blue Nile", refraining from simply calling themselves the Blue Nile as a mark of respect for Moore's absence.
Although there has never been an official statement to clarify whether or not the Blue Nile still exists, the indications are that the band has split up. There appears to be disagreement among the band members themselves as to whether they will ever make another record together. Moore is emphatic that he will never rejoin the band, saying in communications sent in to the band's biographer that he was "finding it healthier to put all that behind me",  and in a interview his terse reply to the question of a reunion was, "I think stuff happened that was simply beyond the pale.
It's a shame, but if the feeling for sitting down together really isn't there, then continuing to do so even because you want to is pointless. In a way, I think it would be the right and proper thing to do but I'll just need to wait and see.
If the others say let's do this Certainly, if I bump into them on a corner my hope would be that we could say: so what are you doing tomorrow? Although Brown was a long-time acquaintance of Buchanan, he found Buchanan reluctant to participate, and both Bell and Moore refused Brown's invitations for interviews or any co-operation with the book's writing. In May , Buchanan released his first solo album, Mid Air , a collection of short, stripped-back songs mostly with just Buchanan's voice and piano, recorded with Calum Malcolm's son Cameron as the album's engineer and released on Buchanan's own Newsroom Records label.
In a radio interview, Buchanan mentioned that towards the end of the recording process he had called in Robert Bell to help out on two tracks "Mid Air" and "My True Country" that neither he nor Cameron Malcolm were satisfied with. Bell also later remixed "Buy a Motor Car", which appeared on the deluxe edition of the album released in October Each version had the original album remastered by engineer Calum Malcolm, along with a bonus disc of rare and previously unreleased material selected by Buchanan and Bell.
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