Best song on Kate Bush's Hounds Of Love

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) 23
Cloudbusting 14
Hounds Of Love 13
Hello Earth 7
Jig Of Life 7
The Morning Fog4
And Dream Of Sheep 2
The Big Sky 2
Under Ice 2
Watching You Without Me 1
Waking The Witch 0
Mother Stands For Comfort 0


Surmounter, Monday, 20 August 2007 17:00 (twelve years ago) link

Hello Earth.

Surmounter, Monday, 20 August 2007 17:01 (twelve years ago) link

The title track, with "And Dream of Sleep" second.

no B-sides?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 17:06 (twelve years ago) link

i have a hard time disaggregating the ninth wave into individual tracks. i guess i'll go "jig of life," although what i really mean is "jig of life"/"hello earth."

tipsy mothra, Monday, 20 August 2007 17:10 (twelve years ago) link

(almost need separate polls for side A and side B, they seem like different albums to me.)

tipsy mothra, Monday, 20 August 2007 17:11 (twelve years ago) link

B-Sides... were not on Hounds of Love.
It is a hard call to make, really. Big Sky or Hello Earth?

ian, Monday, 20 August 2007 17:16 (twelve years ago) link

i like the Big Sky mention. i love that song, and it encapsulates so many memories for me, but it doesn't get due cred in my experience./

Surmounter, Monday, 20 August 2007 17:18 (twelve years ago) link

almost impossible to choose, comes down to either cloudbusting, mother stands for comfort, or running up that hill....so I choose cloudbusting.

akm, Monday, 20 August 2007 18:32 (twelve years ago) link

This seems to be tougher than the Dreaming poll. I can't decide on my favorite Ninth Wave track but at the same time Cloudbusting is simply perfect. 10 days might not be long enough to work this out.

Bus Driver Stu, Monday, 20 August 2007 20:49 (twelve years ago) link

"Watching You Without Me". Would have voted for the entire "Ninth Wave" had it been possible.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:01 (twelve years ago) link

this one was easier for me that the poll for the dreaming.

Charlie Howard, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 03:56 (twelve years ago) link

word. title track in a heartbeat

impudent harlot, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 05:10 (twelve years ago) link

craziness!

Surmounter, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 05:20 (twelve years ago) link

Hello Earth, then the title track, then And Dream of Sheep, then Running Up That Hill, then...

Tim F, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 05:21 (twelve years ago) link

cloudbusting, but it's been ages since i've listened to this

gershy, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 05:25 (twelve years ago) link

Hello Earth
Cloudbusting
Jig Of Life
And Dream Of Sheep
Hounds Of Love
Under Ice
Waking The Witch
The Big Sky
Running Up That Hill
Mother Stands For Comfort
Watching You Without Me
The Morning Fog

i guess

Surmounter, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 05:31 (twelve years ago) link

It's gotta be the Jig!

butchy, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 13:51 (twelve years ago) link

Under Ice.

And *COUNT* the drug references!

pisces, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 14:39 (twelve years ago) link

ugh under ice is so hot

Surmounter, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 14:56 (twelve years ago) link

i will not participate in this thread

cutty, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 16:03 (twelve years ago) link

bump for bimble

Surmounter, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 01:51 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, cheers for leaving out the bonus tracks, Surmounter, I was going to recommend doing that.

Bimble, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 01:54 (twelve years ago) link

wow, i love this entire album, but am totally surprised by the fact that most people haven't chosen 'running up that hill.' i thought that would be the obvious winner!

the table is the table, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 03:05 (twelve years ago) link

not around here - i think ILM really likes The Ninth Wave.

running up that hill should not be underrated tho.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 03:06 (twelve years ago) link

great album but the hits are the best!

M@tt He1ges0n, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 03:14 (twelve years ago) link

"Running Up That Hill" (with "Cloudbusting" napping at its heels).

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 03:47 (twelve years ago) link

"The Big Sky" is sadly neglected!

Mark G, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 09:30 (twelve years ago) link

This is so hard to pick. Could be Cloudbusting.

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 11:50 (twelve years ago) link

I said I'd vote for "Hello Earth" and that's what I'm a gonna do!

zaxxon25, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 14:43 (twelve years ago) link

word!

Surmounter, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 14:57 (twelve years ago) link

The Ninth Wave is the shit!

butchy, Thursday, 23 August 2007 00:11 (twelve years ago) link

oh don't ruin it

cutty, Thursday, 23 August 2007 00:42 (twelve years ago) link

but am totally surprised by the fact that most people haven't chosen 'running up that hill.' i thought that would be the obvious winner!

I'm pretty sure it is when we get to see what all the lurkers have voted for.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 23 August 2007 10:12 (twelve years ago) link

hmmmm

Surmounter, Thursday, 23 August 2007 14:21 (twelve years ago) link

Running up That Hill is the most dull song on the entire album for me. Whenever I listen to Hounds, I start at track 3.

butchy, Thursday, 23 August 2007 19:22 (twelve years ago) link

i really hate you

cutty, Thursday, 23 August 2007 19:23 (twelve years ago) link

i don't hate you but that is unfortunate. those first three songs are pretty magical.

hounds of love in particular - or the end of Big Sky? nothin gets me movin like that.

Surmounter, Thursday, 23 August 2007 20:32 (twelve years ago) link

you don't hate anyone, you are sir mounter

cutty, Thursday, 23 August 2007 20:33 (twelve years ago) link

i was going to say i don't hate anyone but then i thought of a couple of ppl

Surmounter, Thursday, 23 August 2007 20:54 (twelve years ago) link

I mean, I like the first side too, but the songs sound a bit too much like each other. Plus those drum machine beats are kind of annoying.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 23 August 2007 22:18 (twelve years ago) link

RONG

cutty, Thursday, 23 August 2007 22:56 (twelve years ago) link

I feel a bit prejudiced, because some songs have just aged more over time than others. If you'd asked me in 1985 or even in the 90's I would have said something different than today.

For me "The Morning Fog" is the one that has endured the most. Go figure.

Bimble, Thursday, 23 August 2007 23:59 (twelve years ago) link

i can do without the jig of life

cutty, Friday, 24 August 2007 00:18 (twelve years ago) link

I can now, but for a billion years that was my fave song on this album. So you're making a bold statement, there.

Bimble, Friday, 24 August 2007 01:57 (twelve years ago) link

certainly far from the worst on this album

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Friday, 24 August 2007 01:58 (twelve years ago) link

wow.

jig of life = exclusion and The Morning Fog = best are 2 ideas that i just can't wrap my mind around.

Obv, the most classically amazing song is fucking Hello Earth, and the song the album could do without is The Morning Fog.

i'm sorry bimble. but jig of life, i must agree, is more than can be hoped for.

Surmounter, Friday, 24 August 2007 03:25 (twelve years ago) link

The Morning Fog is the perfect song to finish the album with; especially after Hello Earth.

butchy, Friday, 24 August 2007 06:13 (twelve years ago) link

its true its a good contrast tool

Surmounter, Friday, 24 August 2007 15:18 (twelve years ago) link

i don't dislike jig of life. i just could take it or leave it. too medieval times for me--i do like the guy talking at the end, that is funny

cutty, Friday, 24 August 2007 15:24 (twelve years ago) link

hilarious

Surmounter, Friday, 24 August 2007 15:25 (twelve years ago) link

YES

abstract sand patterns, representing water (corey), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 15:47 (nine years ago) link

NO

abstract sand patterns, representing water (corey), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 15:47 (nine years ago) link

lol u young

or wait, am I old?

;_;

― he does NOT have the training (HI DERE), Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:42 PM (38 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

wait? i thought we were around the same age...her first album wiki sez was 92, i graduated in 93

hot dub grime machine (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:21 (nine years ago) link

I graduated in 91 but was all up in Kate Bush's grill from when Hounds of Love came out in 86.

he does NOT have the training (HI DERE), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:27 (nine years ago) link

Hi! Can we talk about how good some of the B-sides are?

Would love to hear Bam babble about this (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:29 (nine years ago) link

Under the Ivy is one of my favorite KT songs.

abstract sand patterns, representing water (corey), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:34 (nine years ago) link

i've never heard it :/

janice (surm), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:34 (nine years ago) link

Here you go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLaUgi1AzC0

abstract sand patterns, representing water (corey), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:36 (nine years ago) link

Sorry about the shitty video though.

abstract sand patterns, representing water (corey), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:37 (nine years ago) link

i love "be kind to my mistakes"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaB8eUDkiX4

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:41 (nine years ago) link

Love them both.

Would love to hear Bam babble about this (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:42 (nine years ago) link

it's a 'the dreaming'-era b-side but i love her version of 'lord of the reedy river'

"slapsie" (donna rouge), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:48 (nine years ago) link

sorry for all the words T. <3 u now and forever

― janice (surm), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:23 (3 hours ago) Permalink

My apologies, too. There is certainly no hostility between us. I get a little carried away in responding sometimes.

silence is a rhythm too (Turangalila), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:56 (nine years ago) link

haha! AND I DON'T

janice (surm), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:58 (nine years ago) link

will listen to these b-sides as soon as my coworker turns off phil collins radio

janice (surm), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:58 (nine years ago) link

I graduated in 91 but was all up in Kate Bush's grill from when Hounds of Love came out in 86.

― he does NOT have the training (HI DERE), Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:27 PM (31 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

probably just the difference between growing up in way southern minnesota and the relatively "cosmopolitan" hastings...

hot dub grime machine (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:59 (nine years ago) link

oooooooooo i just know that something good is gonna happen

OK (LOLK), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 19:12 (nine years ago) link

COSMOPOLITAN HASTNFGS

"the South Beach of Central Minnesota"

hot dub grime machine (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 19:47 (nine years ago) link

under the ivy is beautiful

janice (surm), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 19:50 (nine years ago) link

Burning Bridge is another fave

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zbw3X2LeaIw

abstract sand patterns, representing water (corey), Thursday, 22 July 2010 02:01 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

this came out 25 years ago, yesterday

http://www.desicomments.com/graphics/belatedbirthday/13.gif

william buttinski's 'the disintegration snoops' (donna rouge), Friday, 17 September 2010 06:10 (eight years ago) link

never fully appreciated the greatness of those lyrics about burying the YoYo in Cloudbusting until i read about the use of radium (radioactive) glow in the dark paint that used to be put on watch faces and novelty items.

Kim, Friday, 17 September 2010 14:03 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

i always forget how great this album is, like i know i like it a lot but i forget how gorgeous it sounds.

plax (ico), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 21:13 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

It's a beautiful video. Great piece too.

I saw this just now while looking for director credits: http://www.katebushnews.com/index.php/2011/07/rip-gow-hunter-1960-2011/

jmm, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:31 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

Then Play Long reaches out to Hounds of Love: http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/kate-bush-hounds-of-love.html

agincourtgirl, Friday, 18 July 2014 16:04 (five years ago) link

three years pass...

So I listened to this 12" version of "The Big Sky" for the first time in forever, and realized that midway through it has those same voices that show up in "Waking The Witch."

Which also made me think that Side One has always felt like a string of more conventional pop songs, while Side Two is this novella...but if this longer version of "The Big Sky" were on the album, it would make Side One just as much of a story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gemzegd0YZQ

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 06:19 (one year ago) link

better poll would've been what's the second best song lol

austinb, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 06:30 (one year ago) link

I've always preferred 'Cloudbusting' to 'Running Up That Hill', fwiw.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 06:37 (one year ago) link

been really enjoying 'The Big Sky' lately. it works really well as a surprise drop in a DJ set

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 08:14 (one year ago) link

cloudbusting is the best song here. One of the finest uses of a minimal drum beat in a pop song ever and the train SFX ending is perfect

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 08:27 (one year ago) link

Are these the only 12" mixes she put out? Cause they're all damn good.

Cloudbusting (The Organon Mix) 6:33
The Big Sky (Meteorological Mix) 7:45
Experiment IV (12" Mix) 6:37

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:27 (one year ago) link

The 12" Extended Mix of Running Up That Hill is mainly louder drums and some dubby echo effects on the vocals. Probably of some use for 'club play' but loses atmosphere by bringing elements into sharper focus IMO. Actually the Instrumental on the other side works better and does retain some parts of the vocal.

Gonk Steady Crew (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 16:07 (one year ago) link

Some of the Red Shoes singles had "12-inch" remixes, I think?

erry red flag (f. hazel), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:31 (one year ago) link

this is one of the finest kate bush remixes/covers i've heard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQxEVhyvA0I

(Under the Ice)

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:40 (one year ago) link

The 12" of "Hounds of Love" (the song) is close to being an entirely different song iirc?

anatol_merklich, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 22:18 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R86V64GLq4

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 23:51 (one year ago) link

Right, that's from the "Hounds Of Love" 12", I forgot about that one. It's on the "This Woman's Work" bonus discs.

The "Running Up That Hill" 12" has a 5:45 extended version.

"The Big Sky" 7" has a 4:34 "Special Single Mix". Are any of the other 7" versions more than just an edit?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 15:17 (one year ago) link

Oh, and it looks like those two I mentioned are on this CD single: https://www.discogs.com/Kate-Bush-The-Red-Shoes/release/1412937

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 15:18 (one year ago) link

It'd be neat if she did a tour where the set was just a 70-90 minute version of Running Up That Hill

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 16:29 (one year ago) link

Has there ever been a thread for extended
Mixes of 80s songs? There’s tons of dope extended mixes online of everything from kim carnes to the cars. Like the extended version of Drive is beautiful

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 16:58 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

this fuckin album

Οὖτις, Monday, 24 September 2018 20:29 (eleven months ago) link

indeed :)

love this too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQxEVhyvA0I

with the under the ice samples

sweetheart of the Neo Geo (Ross), Monday, 24 September 2018 20:48 (eleven months ago) link

^ I love this track, too. I've seen The Field live a bunch of times and he always plays it; particularly great with a live drummer. There's something super uplifting about dancing to these samples of Kate's voice.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:41 (eleven months ago) link

absolutely :)

sweetheart of the Neo Geo (Ross), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 15:58 (eleven months ago) link

five months pass...
six months pass...

Pulled this up for a listen today and found that Spotify has a “2018 Remaster” version. Through headphones, the strings are much more distinct and the drums are intense.

... (Eazy), Thursday, 5 September 2019 22:29 (one week ago) link

how the hell did Big Sky only get two votes here?

sleeve, Thursday, 5 September 2019 22:56 (one week ago) link

we never understood it

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 6 September 2019 00:02 (one week ago) link


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