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Sunday, April 02, 2006


ModMusic: Let's Go Out Tonight

It is not hyperbolic to say that The Blue Nile may be the best band that you've never heard of. Not simply because we feel that way, but because the band has been publicly touted as such by Annie Lennox, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Issac Hayes, Tom Jones, Peter Gabriel, Melody Maker, Rolling Stone, and many others. So why the low profile? It probably has something to do with their infrenquency...they've only released four albums in 22 years: 1983's A Walk Across The Rooftops, 1990's Hats, 1996's Peace At Last, and 2004's High. The Scottish trio, led by plaintive crooner Paul Buchanan (who could give Morrissey and Rufus Wainwright a run for their money) recently broke up; Remember The 80's, however, reported this week that they had reformed.

"Let's Go Out Tonight", taken from the superb Hats recording, is an exquisitely moody love song that parses Angelo Badalamenti, the Cocteau Twins, and Radiohead into a guitar-meets-electronica gem. The song was not a single (although I could have just as easily chosen one, including "Tinseltown in the Rain", "Downtown Lights", and "Headlights on the Parade"), but it is a perfect 4 A.M. winding down track, an elegy for any and everything life has to offer.

Download: Let's Go Out Tonight
Then Purchase: Hats, The Blue Nile
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