Sunday, September 02, 2012

Sunday Music: The Blue Nile - "Happiness"

Finished an Ian Rankin novel that mentions this Scottish band and decided to look them up. The Blue Nile story isn't exactly one of high ambition; here's how they came to release their first music:

When local hi-fi manufacturer Linn Electronics heard their music, through friend and recording engineer Calum Malcolm, the company offered the band money to record a track that would showcase the sonic range of the company's high-end audio equipment.[4][5] Linn was so pleased with the result, they formed their own record label in order to release The Blue Nile's debut, A Walk Across the Rooftops, in 1983.[1] sample (help·info) Buchanan later commented that during that time Linn was not really a record company, and The Blue Nile was not really a band.[2] Although it received positive reviews, it sold modestly.

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