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..... has anyone else read the new issue of Mojo with the massive Kate Bush feature and cover story?
What's everyone's favourite KB moment? Single or album?
And when the f*ck do we think the new album's due? It's now 10 years since the last (pretty dire IMO) 'Red Shoes'.
Personally, I think she's one of the few artists the word 'genius' belongs to.
And how much do we hate Tori frigging Amos? Dreadful derivative sixth-form poetry nonsense, I reckon.

russ t, Wednesday, 22 January 2003 11:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

latest info:
Kate Bush (title TBA) (U.K. - EMI, September 2003)

DJ Martian (djmartian), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 12:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i did a piece on hounds of love for the Church of Me abt a year ago. go to http://cookham.blogspot.com/2002_01_27_cookham_archive.html and scroll down past the so solid crew section.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 22 January 2003 12:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Great link, DJ Martian. Didn't know about that site.

As for the Kate Bush album, if it's ready by then great, but I wouldn't count on it.

Favourite album has to be 'Hounds of Love'.

James Ball (James Ball), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 12:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Marcello - absolutely stunning. Well observed and fasntastically written. Damn impressed. It never ceases to amaze me that people don't own Hounds of Love - if there ever was an 'essential album' in your collection, there is no other one, really.

russ t, Wednesday, 22 January 2003 15:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Marcello - absolutely stunning. Well observed and fasntastically written. Damn impressed. It never ceases to amaze me that people don't own Hounds of Love - if there ever was an 'essential album' in your collection, there is no other one, really.

DJ Martian - interesting site....I think it'd be a colossal mistake to not release her album this year. What she must remember is that the age bracket who religiously bought her music has now grown up..... and rarely purchase CDs as such any more.... and she's not endeared herself to a new audience at all. Since her break, copyists like Amos, Harvey etc have appeared and cornered that end of the market. I've a feeling EMI will be very worried about this new album's release...

...great to see The Beloved still around, though.

russ t, Wednesday, 22 January 2003 15:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah I'm looking forward to the new Kate Bush album, and from the list on that link, Lou Reeds new album (the Raven) looks pretty cool: (David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, Ornette Coleman, etc as guests) The new Massive Attack (100th Window) should be good too.

A Nairn (moretap), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 17:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hounds of Love is hard to beat for melody, majesty and the whole 9th Wave operetta. But The Dreaming is still my favorite, because it's her darkest, weirdest, most charmingly unhinged record. I mean, "Sat In Your Lap" is some seriously odd music, but it's also catchy as hell. And "Leave It Open," and the donkey braying at the end of "Get Out of My House," and the scary-sexy-demon way she spells "dreamtime" on the title track. I think that album is where she put it all together; Hounds of Love (which is great, don't get me wrong) is where she buffed and polished it.

Jesse Fox (Jesse Fox), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 18:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My favorite is "The Kick Inside"... but then again I love Laura Nyro.

Sean (Sean), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 19:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think her finest moment was the 'This Woman's Work' single which, IMO, is the finest song ever written - it's just perfect, lyrically and musically.

Even her b-sides are incredible - Under The Ivy, b-side to Running up that hill is another fine song.

Didn't like the Red Shoes album much at all (Eric Clapton?!),apart from Song of Solomon and Big stripey lie.

The Dreaming is a brave, dark record....hard to believe it's 20 years old.

Next month, it's 25 years since Wuthering heights hit number one, too!? Where did that go?

But my favourite album is Hounds of Love - Mother stands for comfort is like a warm blanket, and 9th Wave is breathtaking.

Kate Bush never ceases to amaze and fascinate me, though, and the new album, in this sterile music scene, will be so welcome.

russ t, Thursday, 23 January 2003 11:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

[Re: The Beloved

Yes, The Beloved (jon marsh) is back and working on new material, however the Beloved listed via the link is a hardcore rock band.]

DJ Martian (djmartian), Thursday, 23 January 2003 11:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Right, you bastards, I'm going to go and buy it at lunch time and if it isn't grate I'm gonna burn your fucking houses down.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Thursday, 23 January 2003 11:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

it's grebt nick -- our houses will be safe!!

geeta, Thursday, 23 January 2003 11:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's considerate of you to do it today now the firemen are back at work, Nick. But geeta's right - you'll have to find some other outlet for your arson-lust.

James Ball (James Ball), Thursday, 23 January 2003 12:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They may be back at work but they're out of practice! I will find a reason to burn things!

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Thursday, 23 January 2003 12:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Kate Bush: I loved everything up to and ending with Hounds. I love in particular, Lionheart with its weird tinkly piano and the idea of a young witch-in-the-making with her glass-shattering voice in a crooked little house swaying in the windy dark. I love the sheer musicality of Never For Ever. I love the majesty of Hounds.

I once had a dream with her "All the Love" as a soundtrack, I woke up completely creeped out and wondering where the words "I needed you - to love me too. I wait for your move" came from.

However her videos are unremitting pap. They are a complete embarrassment and I wonder why she doesn't hire e.g. Madonna's directors. I know it might all turn out horribly wrong and commercial and her delicate imagery and ideas wither but ANYTHING ANYTHING would be better than (god help me) "Army Dreaming" etc.

M Chong, Friday, 24 January 2003 18:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Well it was 1980, nobody's videos were exactly great!

Tom (Groke), Friday, 24 January 2003 18:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Favorite Kate Bush moment? Wish I had a link to verify it, but in some interview a number of years ago, someone asked her when the last time she cried was, and her answer:

"When I heard Killing Joke broke up!"


Kate was a huge fan of the Joke. Youth even played bass for her on the HOUNDS OF LOVE album. Thus, KATE BUSH HONORS THE FIRE!!!


Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 24 January 2003 19:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

" Kate was a huge fan of the Joke."
- besides allegedly 'onouring the Joke (+breathing fire since birth),
the young pre-fame La Bush most certainly was pulled by the Incedible String,
purple hearting them fan clubbingly

(*goes to honour the fire in own kitch'': to strike match, light cig*)

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 25 January 2003 01:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(*on returning from honoring the fire*)

Alex in NYC -- what's your fave Jaz'ed-up orchestra'vaganza then?

Jaz does Doors,
Jaz ups Zep,
Jaz goes Pink F ?

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 25 January 2003 01:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They're all pretty needless and dreadful, honestly. But, if I had to pick one, I'd probably opt for the Zep one. Actually, of Jaz's usually ill-advised orchestral outings, the record he did with Anne Dudley of Art of Noise called SONG FROM THE VICTORIOUS CITY is pretty interesting.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 25 January 2003 14:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'd pretty much agree with you, Alex, on orchestral Jaz (the worst of which must be the Jaz-in-Pink plunder)
'Victorious City', tho', mostly listenable even now, yes --

BTW, there ever been a separate thread on Anne Dudley?

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 25 January 2003 15:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Surmounter, Is "The whole story" a good starting place?

I know, right?, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 19:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

to be honest, i haven't even listened to it.

i rly would start with the dreaming. i'm not a compliation person myself.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 20:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Either am I.

It's just I managed to find it on rapidshare. I am listening now. I might leave it, I'm sure HMV will have it knocked down for January.

You must also listen to Arthur Russell pretty soon.

I know, right?, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 20:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh ya! thank you, almost forgot...

Surmounter, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 20:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

I just pulled out _The Whole Story_ the other day and it's still a damn good place to start. Clearly she's due for a new retrospective as _TWS_ only goes through 1986! But it culls choice tracks from her early albums, enough to help you decide if you want to pursue them further.

Mr. Odd, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 20:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Just another gratuitous revive of a random Kate Bush thread...*cough* *Ah HEM!* Move along, nothing to see here.

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Monday, 28 July 2008 08:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

It was raining and I was alone this week so I put on Hounds of Love and it made me cry.
It's not an album to dip into, it has to be heard from start to finish, then again. For when those
moments pop out at you and make you sit up, "pause for a jet", "look who's here to see you", "Murderer!".
the key change when the Hello Earth theme returns. I put this moment here.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 11:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Do you see that little light up there?"

gets me every time.

sparkletuna, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 12:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

<3 <3

kate on a piano in dream of sheep is so perfect, so singer songwriter with something bigger, so crystal clear.

i'll wake up to the sound of engines. ::vrrrrooom::

Surmounter, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 13:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

i can't listen to hol or the dreaming without crying. it's like watching steve martin without smiling.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 13:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

this one never fades. like a childhood dream.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 13:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

<3 <3 <3

dudamel (get bent), Thursday, 1 October 2009 06:33 (eight years ago) Permalink


ian, Thursday, 1 October 2009 17:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

that last one!

surm, Thursday, 1 October 2009 17:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

loolll. i love that mean expression that she can do. is that the RUTH video?

surm, Thursday, 1 October 2009 17:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

i'm not sure...i need to go watch a shitload of her vids


omar little, Thursday, 1 October 2009 18:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Dry contact lenses there, I reckons.

Mark G, Thursday, 1 October 2009 22:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

whoa thats dope

xhuxk mangione (deej), Friday, 2 October 2009 10:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah where i can i exchange dollars for that

ok star grumbles (lukas), Friday, 2 October 2009 15:56 (eight years ago) Permalink


omar little, Friday, 2 October 2009 17:09 (eight years ago) Permalink


omar little, Friday, 2 October 2009 17:25 (eight years ago) Permalink


Like, I was prepared for it to be great but nowhere near as surprising and astonishing as that.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 2 September 2014 22:52 (four years ago) Permalink

Fucking incredible. So glad I avoided this thread & had no idea what was in store. The 2nd half was exactly what I was praying it would be, and executed better than I could have hoped. Jamie otm, so many ear-to-ear grins

kick yr eyeballs (wins), Tuesday, 2 September 2014 23:01 (four years ago) Permalink

Had to love the unofficial merch guy outside selling BEFORE THE DOWN posters for £2 :-D

kick yr eyeballs (wins), Tuesday, 2 September 2014 23:02 (four years ago) Permalink

incredible show. her voice is in such fine shape

lol @ all the concern trollers upthread who thought it'd all be too much for her

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 September 2014 23:28 (four years ago) Permalink

Ha yes

kick yr eyeballs (wins), Tuesday, 2 September 2014 23:56 (four years ago) Permalink

I feel like week one of a really long engagement is maybe not quite time to judge ykno

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Wednesday, 3 September 2014 08:54 (four years ago) Permalink

You're right, I withdraw my earlier praise & will reserve judgement on the show until all the data is in

smithery loves cuntery (wins), Wednesday, 3 September 2014 09:44 (four years ago) Permalink


♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Wednesday, 3 September 2014 10:09 (four years ago) Permalink

That was pretty great overall, but personally I thought the Ninth Wave was a bit too actor-y for me and I didn't enjoy the final song at all - way too umpty-tum for my taste. The main part of the second half was astonishingly good though, and the new part to it just made it even more prog (which is of course no bad thing).

and she's crying in a stairwell in Devon (aldo), Saturday, 6 September 2014 23:09 (four years ago) Permalink

prayers answered and all that:


john wahey (NickB), Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:51 (four years ago) Permalink

I will confess that the staging of the end of the Ninth Wave did remind me of that bit in Zelda where all the characters come to greet you on the beach and start dancing around.

Matt DC, Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:58 (four years ago) Permalink

Went on Friday. Was in more or less the worst seats in the house* but that was incredible, the second half especially. Emotionally drained after it. A Sky of Honey seemed to end up somewhere much darker than the record.

*back of the circle under some house lights that stayed on. Gave us a good view of anyone slipping off to the loo, arriving late, etc. Special shout out to the couple leaving about a minute before the end of The Ninth Wave, during the Georgian fish-bone-head funeral procession.

woof, Monday, 22 September 2014 16:27 (four years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Anyone read Graeme Thompson's Kate bio? Saw it used today and thought about picking it up.

Wimmels, Friday, 3 July 2015 20:28 (three years ago) Permalink

/hijack thread revival
Apparently there is 2 versions of the Red Shoes album. The good version is one of my favorite albums. Seriously underrated album. I skip to the end of the first track though.

The Once-ler, Friday, 3 July 2015 23:20 (three years ago) Permalink

Not the very end. I still listen to the weird experimental section of rubberband girl.

The Once-ler, Friday, 3 July 2015 23:24 (three years ago) Permalink

which is the good version? there was a remastered one that came out with director's cut box, which I haven't heard but does it really sound any different beyond some mastering changes?

akm, Saturday, 4 July 2015 02:14 (three years ago) Permalink

Just finished the Thompson bio. Liked it very much. Lots of detail re: recording. It's worth picking up for sure.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 4 July 2015 02:46 (three years ago) Permalink

The 2011 remaster is the one I'm most familiar with.
Honestly, I don't know if it's much different than the original - but boy did that original get a lot of hate back then.

only 480p but here you go

The Once-ler, Saturday, 4 July 2015 02:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Maybe I've just always assumed there are 2 versions since I don't really know what the haters are listening to

The Once-ler, Saturday, 4 July 2015 03:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Only 480p? But I want to watch that album artwork in 720p!

Chewshabadoo, Sunday, 5 July 2015 16:26 (three years ago) Permalink

480p is typically 128kbps stereo, albeit comparable to something better because YouTube down samples quite well. With 720p and higher you can usually expect 192kbps or higher stereo AAC quality

The Once-ler, Sunday, 5 July 2015 19:41 (three years ago) Permalink

I got the Rob Jovanovic bio last year in the Google Play store, but it's still there laying dormant. I'm pretty much a non-fan of Jovanovic, unluckily he's the only one writing bios of some of my favorite groups. I've already had to endure his books on Big Star and Pavement.

cpl593H, Tuesday, 7 July 2015 12:41 (three years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

did we never talk about the fact that those live shows contained a very long interlude about sausages

oh, amazonaws (wins), Saturday, 25 June 2016 13:54 (two years ago) Permalink

the film of this is never coming out, is it

akm, Saturday, 25 June 2016 15:19 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Kate Bush live album from 2014 shows to be released


01. ‘Lily’
02. ‘Hounds Of Love’
03. ‘Joanni’
04. ‘Top Of The City’
05. ‘Never Be Mine’
06. ‘Running Up That Hill’
07. ‘King Of The Mountain’
08. ‘The Astronomer’s Call’
09. ‘And Dream Of Sheep’
10. ‘Under Ice’
11. ‘Waking The Witch’
12. ‘Watching Them Without Her’
13. ‘Watching You Without Me’
14. ‘Little Light’
15. ‘Jig Of Life’
16. ‘Hello Earth’
17. ‘This Morning Fog’
18. ‘Prelude’
19. ‘Prologue’
20. ‘An Architect’s Dream’
21. ‘The Painter’s Link’
22. ‘Sunset’
23. ‘Aerial Tal’
24. ‘Somewhere In Between’
25. ‘Tawny Moon’
26. ‘Nocturn’
27. ‘Aerial’
28. ‘Among Angels’
29. ‘Cloudbusting’

the tightening is plateauing (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 29 September 2016 11:40 (one year ago) Permalink

did we never talk about the fact that those live shows contained a very long interlude about sausages

Mädchester Amick (wins), Thursday, 29 September 2016 12:24 (one year ago) Permalink

nice, but I thought they filmed it and were gonna release a video?

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 29 September 2016 17:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Been listening to two boots from the first couple of nights for a while now. I skip the silly "comedic" interludes w/ her kid but the rest is so great. Looking forward to this release.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 30 September 2016 02:20 (one year ago) Permalink

there is video on youtube, which I haven't watched yet, of entire shows

akm, Friday, 30 September 2016 02:40 (one year ago) Permalink

But I imagine that is not an official recording?

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 30 September 2016 05:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Prologue from this is really fantastic, extended to twice the length of the studio version with a completely new section. it's a real shame they're not releasing the video though.

ufo, Friday, 30 September 2016 06:23 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...
two weeks pass...

live album is quite a nice piece. really wish i'd been there.

akm, Sunday, 27 November 2016 17:12 (one year ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Suspended in gaffa is one of the best songs I've ever heard

Treeship, Friday, 4 August 2017 13:00 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

best artist ever, no one will ever come close

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 13 November 2017 01:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

did it really turn out she was a tory/brexiter? that would bum me out so much

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 13 November 2017 17:10 (ten months ago) Permalink

she came out as a supporter of Theresa May/Tory, yeah.

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 13 November 2017 19:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

Wasn't her Thatcher and May support limited to her appreciation of there being women in politics? And confessing she didn't really follow politics?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 13 November 2017 20:19 (ten months ago) Permalink


She also sang "Ken" about Ken Livingstone, a bunch of years ago.

Mark G, Monday, 13 November 2017 20:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

dang...well..she seems pretty uppercrust i guess :/

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 13 November 2017 20:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

Person from Bexleyheath in Tory support shocker.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Monday, 13 November 2017 20:41 (ten months ago) Permalink

Kate Bush - Ken
United States Of America - Love Song For The Dead Ché
Morrissey - Last Of The Famous International Playboys

New thread - people who don't deserve good tribute songs.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 13 November 2017 20:46 (ten months ago) Permalink

The love of Richard Nixon..

Mark G, Monday, 13 November 2017 21:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

If anyone's interested, I write a blog on Kate's music song-by-song: https://katebushsongs.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/the-man-with-the-child-in-his-eyes/

ballardiangorse, Saturday, 1 September 2018 21:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

awesome thanks!

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 1 September 2018 23:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink


yes, said (Ross), Sunday, 2 September 2018 05:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Caught up with, and RSSed for future posts -- thanks! :-D

anatol_merklich, Monday, 3 September 2018 22:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Oh, I don't believe I linked this, but here's my most recent blog post. My "Violin" essay should be up next week. https://katebushsongs.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/pick-the-rare-flower-on-fire-inside-a-snowball-so-soft-neverthless-youll-do-stranded-at-the-moonbase/

ballardiangorse, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 22:59 (one week ago) Permalink

Wow good work

Ross, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 04:52 (six days ago) Permalink

Kate Bush photo book is very very expensive. Cant do it.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 22 September 2018 10:02 (three days ago) Permalink

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