Out of the seventies and into the eighties, bypassing the musical revolution that was punk, although I though long and hard about God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols. It missed out because I really came to it after the event, so it impacted my life hardly at all at the time.
1984, post punk, the era of all those New Romantic bands, George Michael and a lot more besides. I have to admit to a liking for Duran Duran and early Tears for Fears is fine as is early OMD, early Adam and the Ants, early Human League, early Heaven 17 and all of Scritti Polliti and New Order. But it isn't any of them on my list.
No, this is a little known although critically acclaimed band from Glasgow who are so sparse with their album releases that it is no real wonder that nobody much has heard of them. Four albums in almost 20 years isn’t much to speak of, but the first two albums, A Walk Across the Rooftops and Hats, are both masterpieces to my mind. They are the soundtrack to what became a very troubled period in my life and they have always spoken to me of those troubles.
Anyway I give you probably my favourite Blue Nile track, an ode to
Ladies and gentleman I give you Tinseltown in the Rain.