Hard to imagine how such a banal video could be made for a song so beautiful. It should be all grey and windswept Glasgow streets, rather than coiffured L.A. aesthetics, but then the Blue Nile, famed for making an album once every 5 years or so, weren’t exactly predictable. ‘A walk Across the Rooftops’ is an album sometimes exulted to the heights of 1980s pop perfection; though it really isn’t that great. This song however is just perfect in every way. If there is a God, he must be in some way responsible for those synth strings. And Paul Buchanan’s voice is unsurpassed. Bob Marley famously sang that the one good thing about music was “when it hit you you feel no pain” but Buchanan’s plaintive vocals are so achingly resonant they almost contradict that statement. The live version below, which isn’t that distinguishable from the studio version, shows what an accomplished live outfit they were.