Given the time gap between The Blue Nile’s first three albums, lead singer Paul Buchanan (vocals, guitar)’s work ethic is often questioned. However, Buchanan’s collaboration with Blue Nile is always well-received, no matter how long it takes to hear. Buchanan was born on April 16, 1956 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 1980, Buchanan formed Blue Nile with Robert Bell (bass) and Paul Joseph Moore (keyboards), named after Alan Moorehead’s 1962 book. The band released their debut LP, A Walk Across the Rooftops, in 1984. The album’s lush, atmospheric pop was praised in the UK; Buchanan’s velvety vocals evoked Brian Ferry’s silky crooning and Scott Walker’s somber baritone.
While A Walk Across the Rooftops earned Blue Nile critical acclaim, it was the band’s unassuming image and refusal to perform live that kept them anonymous, making their music famous.
Buchanan was once in a bar before even being recognized as a member of the group by his friends. After crossing the rooftops, The Blue Nile composed the film Goven Ghost Story and recorded the theme music for Halfway to Paradise. Five years on, The Blue Nile released their second album Hats. In 1996, Peace at Last was a top 20 hit in the UK.