the blue nile - a walk across the rooftops poll

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A Walk Across the Rooftops is the debut album by Scottish band The Blue Nile, released on 30 April 1984[2][3] on Linn Records in the UK and on A&M Records in the US. Although the album was released to little fanfare and was not a big hit on its initial release, it slowly accumulated fans and sales through word of mouth as the years passed, and by the time the follow-up Hats was released in 1989, A Walk Across the Rooftops had sold 80,000 copies.[4] It continued to gather praise when reissued in 2012.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Tinseltown in the Rain" – 5:57 15
"Heatwave" – 6:28 7
"A Walk Across the Rooftops" – 4:56 5
"Automobile Noise" – 5:08 4
"From Rags to Riches" – 5:59 3
"Stay" – 4:57 2
"Easter Parade" – 4:34 1


k3vin k., Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:08 (three months ago) Permalink

impossible

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:15 (three months ago) Permalink

it's "heatwave" but i'm still mad i have to choose bc "stay" is also the greatest song of all time

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:15 (three months ago) Permalink

i have never heard, encountered, or read anything about this band anywhere but ILM.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:26 (three months ago) Permalink

i might go for "automobile noise", but right now i have it down to 7 choices

k3vin k., Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:30 (three months ago) Permalink

unlike "hats", there's no song that i can easily eliminate (even though i love you, "7 AM"). it took 5 or 6 tries but this has now reaches "hats" level for me and the blue nile are basically my favorite band of all time

k3vin k., Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:31 (three months ago) Permalink

i want to check this out at some point

https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Nile-Story-Allan-Brown/dp/1846971381

nomar, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:37 (three months ago) Permalink

this is quite hard for me. it's the eponymous opener vs. the singles + easter parade and maybe heatwave. going with the opener.

-_- (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:38 (three months ago) Permalink

I know the guy who wrote it (xp)

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:38 (three months ago) Permalink

btw i'm polling the AWATR/hats non-album tracks next :~O

k3vin k., Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:42 (three months ago) Permalink

i write a new book every day
the love theme for the wilderness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyYr6djNfbQ

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:43 (three months ago) Permalink

oh god the non-album tracks poll is gonna kill me (you should also include the peace at last b-sides imo just to kill me more)

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:44 (three months ago) Permalink

the little bridge starting at 3:15 of "automobile noise" that abruptly transitions into another verse is one of my favorite blue nile moments

k3vin k., Wednesday, 26 April 2017 20:18 (three months ago) Permalink

Going with "Stay" as that's what hooked me when I saw the video on MTV (!) in 1984.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 20:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Tempted to go for the title track. I really could be happy picking any of these songs though.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:33 (three months ago) Permalink

i want to check this out at some point

https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Nile-Story-Allan-Brown/dp/1846971381

― nomar, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 2:37 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I got the kindle version and really liked it a lot. There are some moments in there that will really hurt you in your heart, though. And not in the way that making a choice for this poll hurts you in your heart.

gimmesomehawnz (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:40 (three months ago) Permalink

voted rags to riches as that's the one I was singing most recently while cleaning the house

gimmesomehawnz (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:40 (three months ago) Permalink

heatwave all day long. a masterpiece

People like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:47 (three months ago) Permalink

i was wondering if you were a blue nile fan

k3vin k., Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:53 (three months ago) Permalink

The title track. It's such a wondrous, beguiling piece of music.

Austin, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 22:17 (three months ago) Permalink

For the first decade of me loving this album it was "The Downtown Lights". For the second it was "Automobile Noise". As I embark on the third I think it's now "Rags to Riches".

Tim F, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 22:23 (three months ago) Permalink

one day this love will all blow over

k3vin k., Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:03 (three months ago) Permalink

Time... for leaving the parade.

Tim F, Thursday, 27 April 2017 01:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Do I love you? YES, I love you! But it's easy come and it's easy go, and this talking - talking - is only bravado.

An all-time fave lyric.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 27 April 2017 01:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Correction. "All this..."

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 27 April 2017 01:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's pretty much impossible. And 'Hats' would be even more so.

Soundslike, Thursday, 27 April 2017 02:08 (three months ago) Permalink

Probable the boring choice, but "Tinseltown" for me.

o. nate, Thursday, 27 April 2017 02:13 (three months ago) Permalink

"tinseltown" i think is in my top 3 (along with "heat wave" and "automobile noise") -- what's struck me recently is the dissonance between the tempo of the vocals and that of the keyboards -- the latter being significantly quicker -- i don't really have the music vocabulary to describe it properly but it's mesmerizing. it's almost proto-house

k3vin k., Thursday, 27 April 2017 03:36 (three months ago) Permalink

and by keyboards i mean the percussion, i had "i love this life" stuck in my head as i was typing that

k3vin k., Thursday, 27 April 2017 03:48 (three months ago) Permalink

"i have never heard, encountered, or read anything about this band anywhere but ILM."

you must not go to steve hoffmann forums either

I have to give Julian Lennon credit: he's where I heard about "hats' back when it came out; in some article he noted it as his favorite album at the time.

akm, Thursday, 27 April 2017 03:52 (three months ago) Permalink

Completely impossible to choose. Today I choose Easter Parade.

On Some Faraday Beach (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:25 (three months ago) Permalink

I have to give Julian Lennon credit: he's where I heard about "hats' back when it came out; in some article he noted it as his favorite album at the time.

Think the blurb's mentioned on one of the other BN threads, but bought _Hats_ unheard when released, because the cover looked cool and Phil Collins had a sticker quote recommending it. (Plus a memory of the as-yet-unheard AWAtR in the stacks of an admired art major friend.)

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:02 (three months ago) Permalink

My Hats sticker had Peter Gabriel and Rickie Lee Jones quotes on it.

I'd always suspected that PG's "Red Rain" was heavily influenced by the Blue Nile, particularly his back-of-the-open-throat vocal sound. 3 years later, seeing Gabriel hyping Hats confirmed it, as far as I was concerned.

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 29 April 2017 05:47 (two months ago) Permalink

HEAT WAVE

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 29 April 2017 08:04 (two months ago) Permalink

HEAT WAVE

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 29 April 2017 08:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Heatwave

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 29 April 2017 08:04 (two months ago) Permalink

will i tell you
will you listen
if i tell you, what will happen?

k3vin k., Saturday, 29 April 2017 18:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Very cool album.

Creames Fartpoop, Saturday, 29 April 2017 18:33 (two months ago) Permalink

i've listened to this about 20 times since starting this poll and i think i'm relatively comfortable, at least for now, with this order. every song is amazing in one way or another

heatwave
tinseltown in the rain
automobile noise
from rags to riches
stay
easter parade
a walk across the rooftops

k3vin k., Monday, 1 May 2017 01:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 3 May 2017 00:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 4 May 2017 00:01 (two months ago) Permalink

so glad each song got a vote

k3vin k., Thursday, 4 May 2017 00:29 (two months ago) Permalink

"from rags to riches" -> "stay" -> "easter parade" -> "heatwave"

an entire lifetime of emotions in 20 minutes

k3vin k., Sunday, 14 May 2017 20:27 (two months ago) Permalink


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