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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 (nineteen years ago) link

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

DJ Martian (djmartian), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 12:05 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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

Sean (Sean), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 19:06 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

[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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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

geeta, Thursday, 23 January 2003 11:47 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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

Tom (Groke), Friday, 24 January 2003 18:44 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

" 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 (eighteen years ago) link

(*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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

'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 (eighteen years ago) link

four years pass...

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

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

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

oh ya! thank you, almost forgot...

Surmounter, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 20:13 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

"Do you see that little light up there?"

gets me every time.

sparkletuna, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 12:21 (thirteen years ago) link

<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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

this one never fades. like a childhood dream.

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

eleven months pass...

<3 <3 <3

dudamel (get bent), Thursday, 1 October 2009 06:33 (twelve years ago) link


ian, Thursday, 1 October 2009 17:45 (twelve years ago) link


omar little, Thursday, 1 October 2009 17:50 (twelve years ago) link


omar little, Thursday, 1 October 2009 17:51 (twelve years ago) link

that last one!

surm, Thursday, 1 October 2009 17:55 (twelve years ago) link

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

surm, Thursday, 1 October 2009 17:59 (twelve years ago) link

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


omar little, Thursday, 1 October 2009 18:02 (twelve years ago) link

Dry contact lenses there, I reckons.

Mark G, Thursday, 1 October 2009 22:36 (twelve years ago) link

whoa thats dope

xhuxk mangione (deej), Friday, 2 October 2009 10:02 (twelve years ago) link

yeah where i can i exchange dollars for that

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


omar little, Friday, 2 October 2009 17:09 (twelve years ago) link


omar little, Friday, 2 October 2009 17:25 (twelve years ago) link

He's on The Dreaming as well, isn't he?

fetter, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 15:07 (two years ago) link

yeah but just playing digideroo; could be anyone.

akm, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 16:17 (two years ago) link

"i listened to both last night and i almost prefer the director's cut version, but i think i have to replace 'lily' with the original version, something is lost in the new vox. i think i also prefer the orig 'rubberband girl.' but overall the sequencing and the addition/subtraction of tracks is an improvement."

confused by this. You mean the versions of the songs on Director's Cut, or the version of Red Shoes that was released along with DC? Because the only difference there is that it was remastered. the versions on actual Director's Cut: that doesn't count as a new version of the album to me.

akm, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 16:18 (two years ago) link

i thought of it as a reconfiguring of the red shoes since that's the album it has the most tracks in common with, but yeah i guess there was no real reason for me to think of it that way

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 16 July 2019 16:39 (two years ago) link


This Woman’s Work: A Kate Bush Symposium
Thursday 12th - Friday 13th December 2019, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

Call for Papers

Over forty years into her career, Kate Bush continues to make significant contributions to various fields of culture. In recent months, her back catalogue has been re-released in remastered form, and a book of collected lyrics, How To Be Invisible, was published by Faber in 2018. The University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce that it will host a two-day symposium on Bush’s achievements. This event will mark and celebrate four decades of diverse productivity and offers a space for reflection on and discussion of this woman’s work. Despite her prolific creativity since the 1970s – covering the fields of music, film and video, literature, and performance – comparatively little scholarly work has been produced on Kate Bush. This symposium aims to start rectifying this omission: the organisers intend to produce an edited anthology collection developed from symposium proceedings.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, as well as pre-constituted panels of 2 or 3 papers, on any aspect of the career of Kate Bush. We also welcome more creative contributions in alternative presentation formats to the symposium.

Oops that link got garbled. Try this one.

confused by this. You mean the versions of the songs on Director's Cut, or the version of Red Shoes that was released along with DC? Because the only difference there is that it was remastered.

I think they used a backup analog master from the original recording sessions... so something more than remastered but not remixed either? It's for certain less compressed, which could be enough to explain the difference I'm hearing.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 18:37 (two years ago) link

oh yeah... the version of Red Shoes released along with Director's Cut is what I'm talking about it, which is likely the same version included on the new box sets.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 18:37 (two years ago) link

Relieved Bush has taken Rolf Harris' voice off her albums. That alone justifies the remasters, although they're a welcome addition to her canon. Glad she doesn't have to do the same with Roy Harper as he's not on her albums.

Speaking of the bastard, https://katebushsongs.wordpress.com/2019/07/26/another-day/

ballardiangorse, Friday, 26 July 2019 16:36 (two years ago) link

(OK apparently Harper does backing vocals on Breathing. Never mind.)

ballardiangorse, Friday, 26 July 2019 16:37 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

before the dawn currently sits at 84 on metacritic and this causes me mild outrage.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 10 October 2019 16:19 (two years ago) link

Such an irritatingly sanctimonious review on that Kate Bush blog above. Fortunately the kind Genesis blogger’s comment saves the day, only to be given the cold shoulder by the bitter moralist blog owner, whose further perspectives on Kate Bush music I won’t be in any rush to secure, that’s for sure.

I’m not relieved that Rolf Harris is erased from the newly remastered albums’ etiolated history because I liked his voice and the new versions are shit and the changes are done in a piss-poor manner. Also, I’m not relieved to know apparently Ballard was a sanctimonious moralist himself.

Max Florian, Friday, 11 October 2019 07:43 (two years ago) link

I'm unsure what's sanctimonious about saying that child rape is bad. This seems like an uncontroversial view outside of Roy Harper and Jimmy Page fandoms.

It's also unclear what exactly themusicalfoxblog (who's not even a Genesis blogger - have you even looked at their site, which is devoid of blog posts?) salvaged when all they trotted out was a blustering and unconvincing case for Harper's innocence, the corollary of which is that guilty people are always convicted in court, and a frankly abominable claim that the safety of those accused of sexual assault is more paramount to justice than that of the victims. Try to find better touters for your argument, which consists of little more than "shhh, let people enjoy things."

It's also fucking hilarious of you to say you won't read the blog anymore after directly causing a spike in its traffic for the day. So thanks for the support. It's gained me readers. :)

ballardiangorse, Friday, 11 October 2019 19:05 (two years ago) link

before the dawn is very good?

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 11 October 2019 19:08 (two years ago) link

very good indeed. much better than an 84.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 11 October 2019 19:16 (two years ago) link


i was just wanting to revive this to big up before the dawn.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 11 October 2019 19:17 (two years ago) link

wow I just discovered Christine's blog because of this post. Looking forward to digging into it more, I like all the posts I just read.

akm, Friday, 11 October 2019 19:54 (two years ago) link

Well, good for you Christine. I wish I cared for my superpower of spiking up your traffic as much as you do.

Moving on, I wish I liked Before the Dawn. The arrangements that sound like a 1986-87 Peter Gabriel tour, the boomy bass-heavy mastering she favours these days... I'll continue trying to like it from time to time, but I'm afraid the Kate I love stops at The Red Shoes (very much included!) with just some songs off Aerial, plus the entire 50 Words for Snow.

Max Florian, Friday, 11 October 2019 21:14 (two years ago) link

continuing to enjoy the Bush blog, ballardiangorse

omar little, Friday, 11 October 2019 21:25 (two years ago) link

with just some songs off Aerial, plus the entire 50 Words for Snow

this is a backwards opinion

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 11 October 2019 21:41 (two years ago) link

they are both great

akm, Friday, 11 October 2019 22:01 (two years ago) link

i'm not a massive fan of the mix on BTD either but it's not bad

akm, Friday, 11 October 2019 22:01 (two years ago) link

A Sky of Honey is the best thing she's ever done and the extended version on Before the Dawn is pretty great.

ufo, Saturday, 12 October 2019 00:03 (two years ago) link

apart from "tawny moon" being a bit inessential and the mix being not as great, the extended live versions really add a lot to it, especially "prologue" and "aerial"

ufo, Saturday, 12 October 2019 00:18 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

New blog post on Bush's second contribution to a Peter Gabriel song: https://katebushsongs.wordpress.com/2019/11/04/no-self-control/

And incidentally, here's the previous entry: https://katebushsongs.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/games-without-frontiers/

ballardiangorse, Monday, 4 November 2019 14:46 (two years ago) link

I'd never heard that demo before and sort of fell down a rabbit hole of "Melt" demos, cool shit

tantric societal collapse (rushomancy), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:38 (two years ago) link

Back in 1997 there were very briefly rumours that Kate had been dating David Byrne, which were soon forgotten. But in the midst of those Byrne’s “Feelings” album was released, and check the back vox on this song. I’ve never seen them discussed anywhere since.


Max Florian, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 11:59 (two years ago) link

am I missing something? are you 1) insinuating those are her (they don't sound like it to me) or 2) that the song itself is somehow referencing their relationship? (I'd never heard that rumor btw but my access to such rumors was fairly limited in 97)

akm, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 14:20 (two years ago) link

Fans of my Another Day post will love this one. https://katebushsongs.wordpress.com/2019/11/13/you-the-game-part-ii/

ballardiangorse, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 13:41 (two years ago) link

Or maybe you'll like this one on All We Ever Look For. https://katebushsongs.wordpress.com/2019/11/20/all-we-ever-look-for/

ballardiangorse, Wednesday, 20 November 2019 14:09 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

And we're back with Babooshka! https://katebushsongs.wordpress.com/2020/01/13/babooshka/

ballardiangorse, Monday, 13 January 2020 17:36 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I've been hearing this cover of "Running Up That Hill," which ... it's fine, if that's what someone wants to do. But to my ears it's so faithful I think, why bother?


Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 15:03 (one year ago) link

Thank you, ballardiangorse. Until I read your Another Day post I had always thought she was singing "AYE-YAH Babooshka".

Alba, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 00:22 (one year ago) link

But to my ears it's so faithful I think, why bother?

I too have heard this in the wild several times now. idgi

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 18:48 (one year ago) link

Chromatics' cover of the same is superior and while faithful gives it enough of the Johnny Jewel treatment to stand on its own.

omar little, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 18:55 (one year ago) link

damn meg myers is getting a legit hit with a kate bush cover? more power to her

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 18:56 (one year ago) link

that video was really amazing

octobeard, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 20:31 (one year ago) link

It's a great video. The cover is good, too, imo! Just very faithful

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 22:16 (one year ago) link

Here we are! 50 posts in. https://katebushsongs.wordpress.com/2020/02/19/delius-song-of-summer/

ballardiangorse, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 15:27 (one year ago) link

one year passes...


Maresn3st, Sunday, 12 September 2021 13:16 (four months ago) link

holy moly, had no idea another taping existed.

akm, Sunday, 12 September 2021 16:27 (four months ago) link

three months pass...


Maresn3st, Friday, 7 January 2022 23:53 (two weeks ago) link

Never expected to see KB doing some Pan’s People type choreography on Japanese TV so thanks for that link. I can die happy now.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 8 January 2022 03:15 (two weeks ago) link

That's utterly bewildering. "You can't sing your own song, but you can do a complicated dance routine to a Vegas-style re-recording."

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 8 January 2022 15:56 (two weeks ago) link

she could've been a disco sensation

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Saturday, 8 January 2022 18:13 (two weeks ago) link

Whoa...that YouTube user uploaded dozens of obscure Kate Bush clips a few days ago, along with that one posted above:

ernestp, Saturday, 8 January 2022 18:51 (two weeks ago) link

Ah poop, try this link then click "Videos":

ernestp, Saturday, 8 January 2022 18:52 (two weeks ago) link

Ahhhh...one more time...try this:

ernestp, Saturday, 8 January 2022 18:54 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah that Japanese clip is wild! Apparently on that same show ("Sounds in S"?) they did let Kate sing some Beatles songs and lip-sync/dance to her own "Moving" and "The Man with the Child in His Eyes".

ernestp, Saturday, 8 January 2022 19:06 (two weeks ago) link

I'd like to imagine that top performance changed some kid's life when it was broadcast. Pure vibes.

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Saturday, 8 January 2022 22:51 (two weeks ago) link

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