The Blue Nile sell out of vinyl records after Taylor Swift name-drop

The band is mentioned in the ninth track, Guilty as Sin?, of Swift's latest record-breaking album The Tortured Poets Department.

The Blue Nile website sells out of vinyl records after release of Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department Getty Images

Scottish band The Blue Nile have completely sold out of vinyl albums following a name-drop in Taylor Swift’s latest album.

The band is mentioned in the ninth track, Guilty as Sin?, of Swift’s latest record-breaking album The Tortured Poets Department.

Following the release of the song, fans were quick to delve into the Scottish band’s back catalogue – with The Blue Nile now having completely sold out of vinyl copies of their albums on their website.

A spokesperson for the Blue Nile said: “The Blue Nile’s online store has sold out of all vinyl copies of their catalogue albums including Hats, which features the song The Downtown Lights referenced by Taylor Swift, however, they won’t be out of stock for long.”

In true Swift fashion, her mentioning of the song comes with many Easter eggs that eager fans have already discovered.

The song she mentions by The Blue Nile was released in 1989, the year in which she was born.

The lyrics of The Downtown Lights also allude to similar themes Swift explores in her new album such as uncertainty in relationships and heartbreak.

“Drowning in the Blue Nile,

He sent me Downtown Lights,

I hadn’t heard it in a while,

My boredom’s bone deep,

This cage was once just fine,

Am I allowed to cry?”

Guilty as Sin? – Taylor Swift

The song featured on The Blue Nile’s hit album Hats, and the was their only chart entry in the US, peaking at No 10 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.

Swift mentions the band again in the song’s final lines.

The group, made up of singer and guitarist, Paul Buchanan, bassist Robert Bell and keyboardist Paul Joseph Moore, were active from 1981 to 2004.

The trio met while studying at the University of Glasgow in the late 1970s. Their debut album A Walk Across The Rooftops received great acclaim when it was released in 1984.

Reviews lauded the mix of sparse, electronic sounds, samples and Buchanan’s soulful vocals.

The band have become known for shying away from publicity and a slow work rate as result of perfectionism – making just four albums in two decades.

Asked about Swift, Buchanan told STV News that he was “touched that The Downtown Lights is mentioned” in her song.

Taylor Swift in Edinburgh

The Scottish nod comes ahead of the 34-year-old kicking off her highly-anticipated UK leg of The Eras Tour in Edinburgh this June.

The singer is set to play three sold-out shows at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield stadium before heading to Liverpool, Cardiff and London.

Fans of Guilty as Sin? who are heading to the Edinburgh show will no doubt be brushing up on the lyrics, as the singer may play it as a nod to Scotland during the surprise song set in her three and a half hour show.

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