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Wuthering Heights (song)

“Wuthering Heights” is a song by Kate Bush, released as her debut single in January 1978. It became a #1 hit on the UK Singles Chart, and stayed at the position for four weeks. The song is Bush’s biggest hit to date, and appears on her 1978 debut album, The Kick Inside. The B-side of the single was another song by Bush, named “Kite” – hence the kite imagery on the record sleeve. “Wuthering Heights” came 32nd in Q magazine’s Top 100 Singles of All Time as voted by readers. It is also No. 16 on Rate Your Music’s “Top Singles of All Time”[1] and No. 5 on Pitchfork’s “Top 200 Tracks of the 1970s”.[2]

The guitar solo is played by Ian Bairnson, best known for his work with Alan Parsons. It is placed rather unobtrusively in the mix, and later engineer Jon Kelly would regret not making the solo a little louder in the mix.[3] The song was significantly re-mixed and given a new lead vocal in 1986 for Bush’s greatest-hits album The Whole Story. This version also appeared as the B-side to her 1986 hit “Experiment IV”.[4]

Wow (Kate Bush song)

“Wow” is a song by English singer Kate Bush. Originally released on her second album Lionheart in 1978, it was issued as the album’s second single in March 1979. It was a top 20 hit in the UK.

“‘Wow’ is about the music business,” she told her KBC fan club magazine in 1979. “Not just rock music but show business in general. It was sparked off when I sat down to try to write a Pink Floyd song – something spacey.”[1]

The lyrics include a reference to Vaseline.

This Woman’s Work

“This Woman’s Work” is a song written and performed by the British singer Kate Bush. It was originally featured on the soundtrack of the American film She’s Having a Baby (1988). The song was released as the second single from her album The Sensual World in 1989 and peaked at 25 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

The lyric of “This Woman’s Work” is about being forced to confront an unexpected and frightening crisis during the normal event of childbirth. Written for the movie She’s Having a Baby,[2] director John Hughes used the song during the film’s dramatic climax, when Jake (Kevin Bacon) learns that the lives of his wife (Elizabeth McGovern) and their unborn child are in danger. As the song plays, we see a montage sequence of flashbacks showing the couple in happier times, intercut with shots of him waiting for news of Elizabeth and their baby’s condition. Bush wrote the song specifically for the sequence, writing from a man’s (Jake’s) viewpoint and matching the words to the visuals which had already been filmed.[3]

The version of the song that was featured on The Sensual World was re-edited from the original version featured on the film soundtrack. The version released as a single was a third, slightly different mix.

“This Woman’s Work” is one of several songs that were completely re-recorded on her 2011 album Director’s Cut. The new version features a sparse performance of Bush singing and playing piano.

Composition

According to the sheet music published in Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is set in the time signature of common time, with a slow tempo of 66 beats per minute. It is written in the key of A-flat major with Bush’s vocal range spanning from A♭3 to E♭5.[4]

There Goes a Tenner

“There Goes a Tenner” is a song by the English singer Kate Bush. It was released as a single on 2 November 1982, the third to be taken from her album The Dreaming. It was released as a 7″ single in the UK and Ireland only.

“There Goes a Tenner” is often considered to be something of a “lost single” because when it was released, the single gained no interest from any radio stations nor did the song’s video on music television programmes. Due to this lack of media interest, the single did not sell well and became Bush’s first single to miss the top 75 in the UK, peaking at #93.[1] It was originally intended to be Bush’s first 12-inch single, but its disappointing sales performance caused plans for the 12″ to be cancelled.

The song’s lyrics are about a bungled bank robbery as told by a fearful and paranoid perpetrator. As Bush stated;

“It’s about amateur robbers who have only done small things, and this is quite a big robbery that they’ve been planning for months, and when it actually starts happening, they start freaking out. They’re really scared, and they’re so aware of the fact that something could go wrong that they’re paranoid and want to go home.”[2]

Towards the end of the song, the lyrics and tone take on a dream-like state, which is reflected in the video. A review in Record Mirror commented that despite the comic tone of the song, the end left a rather unnerving effect.[3] Bush sang it in what has been described as “a curious accent that seemed to veer from an aristocrat to an East End villain” (see mockney).[4]

The B-side, “Ne t’enfuis pas” (“Don’t Run Away”) is spelt incorrectly on the actual single as “Ne T’en Fui Pas”, which does not mean anything in French.

Them Heavy People

“Them Heavy People” is a song written and recorded by Kate Bush, from her debut album The Kick Inside. It was issued as a single in Japan only with the title “Rolling the Ball” reaching number 3, its only release worldwide as an A-side.

The song is about religion, and the teachings of Jesus, Gurdjieff, among others. The song expresses an insistent desire to learn as much as possible, while she is still young.

A Seiko logo appears on the insert’s back side, which makes it Bush’s only commercial release featuring any kind of product endorsement.

A live recording of this song was the lead track on the On Stage EP which reached number 10 in the UK singles chart in 1979.[1] In the Netherlands, the EP was listed as Them Heavy People in the Top 40 chart, making it basically an A-side. It peaked at No. 17 in 1979.[2]

Bush performed “Them Heavy People” on several TV programmes including her only appearance on Saturday Night Live in the USA.

Symphony in Blue

“Symphony in Blue” is a song written and recorded by Kate Bush and is the opening track to her second album, Lionheart. It was released as a single in Japan and Canada, where it was second single taken from Lionheart. “Wow” was the second single for the rest of the world.

As with the “Wow” single elsewhere, the “Lionheart” track “Fullhouse” was used as the B-side for the Japanese single. Its picture sleeve was exclusive to this release. For the Canadian release, the single was issued on blue vinyl in a generic (i.e. non-picture) “Harvest” sleeve, with the Lionheart track “Hammer Horror” used as the B-side (“Hammer Horror” was released as a single in its own right elsewhere in the world, notably the UK). A promotional version featured “Symphony in Blue” on both sides, in ‘mono’ and ‘stereo’ form.

Suspended in Gaffa

“Suspended in Gaffa” is a song recorded by Kate Bush. It was the third single release from her album The Dreaming. “Suspended in Gaffa” was released as a single in continental Europe and Australia, but not in the UK, where “There Goes a Tenner” was released instead.

The song lyrics are about seeing something one really wants (God in this case), then not being able to see or experience it ever again.[1] The “gaffa” of the title and chorus refers to gaffer tape, the strong matte black tape used by technicians in the film and concert industries.[2]

The B-side is the original mix of “Ne t’enfuis pas”, only released on a handful of singles in late 1982. “Ne t’enfuis pas”, which is misspelled on the original sleeve as “Ne T’en Fui Pas”, means “Don’t run away” in French. In some countries, the B-side was “Dreamtime” (which originally appeared as the B-side to “The Dreaming”).

Strange Phenomena (song)

“Strange Phenomena” is a song written and recorded by Kate Bush. It was only released as a single in Brazil in June 1979 and was the sixth and final single from the album The Kick Inside.[1]

“Strange Phenomena” speaks about déjà vu, synchronicity and how coincidences sometimes cluster together in seemingly meaningful ways. It has been described as “a frank paean to menstruation” by The Guardian.[2]

This, and a number of other early Brazilian singles, were pressed at 33.3 rpm. Brazil is one of few countries that released singles at this speed, along with Argentina.[3]

The Red Shoes (album)

The Red Shoes is the seventh studio album by the English musician Kate Bush. Released in November 1993, it was accompanied by Bush’s short film, The Line, the Cross and the Curve, and was her last album before taking a 12-year hiatus. The album peaked at number two on the UK album chart and has been certified Platinum by the BPI for over 300,000 copies shipped.[1] In the US, the album reached number 28, her highest chart position there to date.

Sat in Your Lap

“Sat in Your Lap” (1981) is a song by the English musician Kate Bush. It was the first single to be released from her fourth album The Dreaming (1982), though it was issued 15 months prior to the album, which was nowhere near completion at that time. The single peaked at no. 11 in the UK Singles Chart.

Musically, the single was faster and more percussive than Bush’s previous releases. It features Preston Heyman on drums recorded in the stone room at The Townhouse Studio 2, London, and Paddy Bush and Preston on whip-like percussion (actually played on bamboo canes swooshing through the air rhythmically).[1] Critic Simon Reynolds called it “an avant-pop stampede of pounding percussion and deranged shrieks, a sister-song to Public Image Ltd’s “Flowers of Romance.”[2] The lyrics of the song deal with feelings of existential frustration and the quest for knowledge.[3]

Kate Bush stated in an early interview that the single version was remixed slightly for inclusion on The Dreaming. The vocals were raised higher and the backing track altered to fit in better with the overall feel of the album.[citation needed]

The demo version of “Sat in Your Lap” contains an extra verse at the start, which was later cut out of the song. As with subsequent singles from the album, a 12″ single was planned but was eventually withdrawn.

The B-side to the single was a cover version (Bush’s first) of “Lord of the Reedy River” by Donovan.

Running Up That Hill

“Running Up That Hill” is a song by the English singer-songwriter Kate Bush. It was the first single from her 1985 album, Hounds of Love, released in the United Kingdom on 5 August 1985. It was her first 12″ single. It was the most successful of Bush’s 1980s releases, entering the UK chart at number 9 and eventually peaking at number 3, her second-highest single peak. The single also had an impact in the United States, providing Bush with her first chart hit there since 1978, where it reached the top 30 and featured prominently in the Dance Charts. Bush also performed the song with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd at the Secret Policeman’s Third Ball. The song’s title for Hounds of Love and all subsequent releases was “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God).”

The B-side of the 7″ single contains Bush’s song “Under the Ivy”. The 12-inch single contains an extended remix and an instrumental version of “Running Up That Hill”, as well as “Under the Ivy”.

The song has been critically acclaimed. In a retrospective review of the single, Allmusic journalist Amy Hanson wrote: “Always adept at emotion and beautifully able to manipulate even the most bitter of hearts, rarely has Bush penned such a brutally truthful, painfully sensual song.”[1]

The song was featured as the main theme tune for the 1986 BBC 1 gritty children’s drama serial Running Scared.[2]

Rubberband Girl

“Rubberband Girl” is a song by Kate Bush, and was the first of four singles to be released from The Red Shoes in 1993.

“Rubberband Girl” was released on 6 September 1993 and peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart.

“Rubberband Girl” marked Bush’s return from her third three-year hiatus. Not counting “Rocket Man” (her contribution to the Elton John tribute in 1991), this was her first UK release in 39 months. Three different versions of “Rubberband Girl” were released commercially: the LP and extended mixes shown here, and a disco version called the U.S. Mix which was released towards the end of 1994 on the “And So Is Love” single. Some claim that the U.S. stood for Utah Saints Mix and not United States the country, but the CD single cover notes credit this remix to American DJ Eric Kupper (a.k.a. Eric Kuppa).

The B-Side to the single was “Big Stripey Lie”, in the U.K., and “Show a Little Devotion” in the U.S.

The Red Shoes (song)

“The Red Shoes” is a song written and recorded by musician Kate Bush. It was the third single released from, and is the title track of, the album The Red Shoes.

“The Red Shoes” was released in April 1994 and made it to number 21 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] The song is about a girl who puts on a pair of enchanted ballet slippers and can’t stop dancing until she breaks the spell. It is inspired by a character in the Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film The Red Shoes.

“The Red Shoes” was released on 7″ vinyl, as a cassette single, and as a two-part CD single. “You Want Alchemy” was the B-Side song on all formats, except the second part of the CD single.

The second part of the CD single was released one week after the first part, and was more dance-oriented. It features a 10-minute remix by Karl Blagan of “The Red Shoes”, renamed “Shoedance”, and remixes of “The Big Sky” and “Running Up that Hill”.

Night of the Swallow

“Night of the Swallow” is a 1982 song by Kate Bush. Written and produced by her, it was included on the album The Dreaming. The song has a significantly Irish theme in that it features many Irish musicians and instruments. It was released as a single in Ireland in late 1983, making it the fifth release from the album.[1]

The lyrics concern a smuggler planning his next clandestine journey, Bush takes on the role of his lover, who begs him not to go (“I won’t let you do it. If you go, I’ll let the law know”). The song ends with the smuggler speaking in defiance (“Would you break even my wings, like a swallow. Let me, let me go”).[2] Bush herself has commented on the lyrics, saying:

“In this song she wants to control him and because he wants to do something that she doesn’t want him to she feels that he is going away. It’s almost on a parallel with the mother and son relationship where there is the same female feeling of not wanting the young child to move away from the nest. Of course, from the guy’s point of view, because she doesn’t want him to go, the urge to go is even stronger. For him, it’s not so much a job as a challenge; a chance to do something risky and exciting.”[3]

The song’s release in Ireland only is most likely due to the Irish nature of the song, featuring instrumental accompaniment by Irish musicians. These include members of Planxty and The Chieftains: Bill Whelan on Bagpipes and String arrangement, Liam O’Flynn on Uillean pipes and Penny whistle, Seán Keane on Fiddle and Dónal Lunny on Bouzouki.[4] Whelan is credited as writing the string parts for the song, although this was in close association with Bush herself.[5] Bush was to explore Irish themes in later works also, such as “Jig of Life” from Hounds of Love (1985) and the single “Rocket Man” (1991). Bush’s mother was Irish and so Kate had listened to traditional Irish music from a young age and was eager to explore this style. Her brother Jay also influenced her due to his appreciation of the group Planxty.[6]

The song was the first of two (the other being “Sat in Your Lap”) to be recorded for the album. It was mainly recorded at Abbey Road studios in Spring 1981 over several sessions. The Irish musicians section was recorded in Ireland, with Bush working there with them overnight. After completing the track at seven in the morning, she headed back to London to finish mixing the song.[7]

The single was released over a year after the album and failed to chart in Ireland.[8] It also went unpromoted, with no music video made for the song.

The B-side of the single was another track from The Dreaming, “Houdini”. This song is about the story of Bess Houdini and her attempts to communicate with her deceased husband Harry, using a plan they developed while he was still alive. The album cover of The Dreaming depicts a scene from this song and in particular the line; “with a kiss, I’ll pass the key”.

Do not run away

“Ne t’enfuis pas” is a song written and recorded by Kate Bush. It was released in July 1983 in France and Canada.[1] The song was originally released as the B-side of the single’s “There Goes a Tenner” (in the UK & Ireland), and “Suspended in Gaffa” in (Continental Europe), The title was misspelled as “Ne T’en Fui Pas”.

“Ne t’enfuis pas” tells the story of a woman, worried that her lover is about to leave, wrestling with her conscience over her plans to make him stay.

The B-side, “Un baiser d’enfant”, is a French-language version of “The Infant Kiss”, from Bush’s album Never for Ever. Based on the movie The Innocents, it is the story of a governess who is frightened by the adult feelings she has for her young male charge (who is possessed by the spirit of a grown man).

The A-side is a remix. The vocals are cleaner and more forward than on the version that was released in late 1982. Additionally, the spelling was corrected. This version was eventually included on the This Woman’s Work box set in 1990.

In English “Ne t’enfuis pas” means “Don’t run away”.

Moving (Kate Bush song)

“Moving” is a song written and recorded by English singer-songwriter Kate Bush for her debut album, The Kick Inside (1978). It was released only in Japan on 6 February 1978 by EMI Music Japan reaching number 1. Written by Bush and produced by Andrew Powell, the song is a tribute to Lindsay Kemp, her mime teacher. “Moving” opens with a whale song sampled from Songs of the Humpback Whale, an LP including recordings of whale vocalizations made by Dr. Roger S. Payne.

Bush performed “Moving” at Tokyo Music Festival, also performed “Moving” on BBC’s Saturday Nights at the Mill, on a Dutch TV show about Efteling park and on her only tour, The Tour of Life (1979).

Moments of Pleasure

“Moments of Pleasure” is a song written and recorded by musician Kate Bush. It was released as the second single from Bush’s album The Red Shoes in 1993.

“Moments of Pleasure” was released 15 November 1993 and its highest charting position in the UK was number 26.[1] In this song Bush remembers friends and family who have died, including guitarist Alan Murphy, film director Michael Powell, dancer Gary Hurst, lighting engineer Bill Duffield and others. Composer and musician Michael Kamen arranged and conducted the orchestra, expanding on Bush’s original piano accompaniment.

Bush wrote the chorus “to those we love, to those who will survive” for her mother, who was sick at the time of recording. She died a short time later. The Director’s Cut version does not feature the chorus.

The second track, “Show a Little Devotion”, is one of Bush’s more elusive songs. It only appears on a small handful of CD singles that were released just prior to Christmas 1993. The version of “December Will Be Magic Again” that appears on this release is slightly different from all the other mixes previously released. It is basically the same as the original single mix, but it’s brighter, and the percussion instruments are different. The CD release also includes “Experiment IV” which was released in 1986. The 12″ and cassette releases contain an instrumental version of “Moments of Pleasure”, which has yet to be released on CD, and a third track entitled “Home for Christmas”, which was also released on the US “Rubberband Girl”, CD single. This was the first and only Kate Bush single (that received a physical release) not to be issued on 7″ vinyl in the UK.

The Man with the Child in His Eyes

“The Man with the Child in His Eyes” is a song by Kate Bush. It is the fifth track on her debut album The Kick Inside and was released as her second single, on the EMI label, in 1978.

Bush wrote the song when she was 13 and recorded it at the age of 16. It was recorded at AIR Studios, London, in June 1975 under the guidance of David Gilmour.[2] She has said that recording with a large orchestra at that age terrified her.[3] The song was Bush’s second chart single in the United Kingdom where it reached number six in the summer of 1978. In the United States the single was released in December of the same year. It became her first single to reach the Billboard Pop Singles chart, peaking at number 85 early in 1979.[4] Bush performed this song in her one appearance on Saturday Night Live, singing on a piano being played by Paul Shaffer.

The single version slightly differs from the album version. On the single, the song opens with the phrase “he’s here!” echoing, an effect added after the album was released.[3]

According to the sheet music published in Musicnotes.com by EMI Music Publishing, the song is set in the time signature of common time, with a moderate tempo of 88 beats per minute. It is written in the key of E minor.[5]

In 2010, former radio and television presenter Steve Blacknell, Bush’s first boyfriend, offered the original hand-written lyrics for the song for sale through music memorabilia website 991.com.[6] The lyrics were written “in hot pink felt tip, complete with Kate Bush’s own little pink circles in place of dots over the “I”’s.”[7]

The song received the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding British Lyric” in 1979.[8]

Lyra (song)

“Lyra” is a song written, produced and performed by British recording artist Kate Bush, from the 2007 soundtrack album The Golden Compass from the film of the same name. It is used in the closing credits of the film. Bush was commissioned to write the song, with the request that it make reference to the lead character, Lyra Belacqua.

According to Del Palmer, Bush was asked to do the song on very short notice and the whole project was completed in 10 days.[1] The song was produced and recorded by Bush in her own studio, and features the Magdalen College, Oxford choir. It contains the introduction of an unused song written for Disney’s “Dinosaur”.

Love and Anger (song)

“Love and Anger” is a song written and performed by the British singer Kate Bush. It was the third and final single to be released from her album The Sensual World in 1990, and peaked at no.38 on UK Singles Chart.[2] The song also reached no.1 on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart,[3] Bush’s only chart-topper on any U.S. chart.

“Love and Anger” was also Bush’s debut single on her new U.S. label, Columbia Records. EMI America allegedly “forgot” to renew her contract, so Columbia picked her up.

Kite (Kate Bush song)

“Kite” is the fourth track from Kate Bush’s 1978 album, The Kick Inside. It was also the B-side to her first single, “Wuthering Heights”, released on 6 January 1978. The verses feature a reggae style.

“Kite” features two modulations created through using the ♭VII or subtonic as a pivot.[1]

King of the Mountain (Kate Bush song)

“King of the Mountain” is a song by British singer-songwriter Kate Bush. Taken from her album Aerial, it was released in 2005 and is the album’s only single. The song was written and produced by Bush.

“King of the Mountain” was released as a single by EMI Records on 24 October 2005, Bush’s first single since “And So Is Love”, which had been released 12 years before. It was first played on BBC Radio 2 on 21 September 2005. Written about ten years before most of the songs on Aerial,[2] the lyrics enquire whether Elvis Presley might still be alive someplace, “…looking like a happy man…” and playing with “Rosebud”, Kane’s childhood’s sled, and comment on the pressures of extreme fame and wealth. In a November 2005 interview with BBC Four’s “Front Row” Bush said, “I don’t think human beings are really built to withstand that kind of fame.”[3] Sung in a slightly slurred Elvis-type manner,[4] the track was produced by Bush; the recording was engineered by Del Palmer and mastered by James Guthrie. The cover art is a drawing by her son Bertie.

Hounds of Love (song)

“Hounds of Love” is the title track of the studio album called Hounds of Love and also from The Whole Story greatest hits album by Kate Bush, the third of the album’s four singles. The single was released on 24 February 1986, and reached number 18 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] British band The Futureheads covered the song in 2005, scoring a UK top 10 hit with it.

The song is about being afraid to fall in love; in the song this feeling is compared to being chased by a pack of hounds. The music video (directed by Bush herself) was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film The 39 Steps and Hitchcock also features in the video (a nod to the director’s famous cameo appearances in his movies).

The versions worldwide differ slightly: the US single mix included an additional chorus just after the second chorus. The words “it’s in the trees, it’s coming!” heard at the beginning of the track are sampled from the British 1957 horror film Night of the Demon and are mouthed by an actor from the film, Reginald Beckwith,[2][3] who plays a medium channelling a character played by Maurice Denham, who provides the voice.[4][5]

In October 2004, Q magazine placed this song at No.21 in its list of the 50 greatest British songs of all-time.[6]

Hammer Horror (song)

“Hammer Horror” was Kate Bush’s third single release and first single from her second album Lionheart. It was released on 27 October 1978. Following the top ten success of her first two singles, the song charted at a much lower #44 in the UK singles chart.[1] The parent album released a few weeks later was unaffected however as it entered the top ten. “Hammer Horror” proved to be a temporary blip as Bush’s next single returned her to the top 20. In other countries it fared better, such as Ireland where it reached #10.[2]

The song is a tribute to Hammer Films, a company specialising in horror movies. The story of the song concerns an actor who gets thrust into the lead role of The Hunchback of Notre Dame after the original actor dies in an accident on the film set.[3] The guilt-ridden narrator of the song ends up being haunted by the ghost of the jealous original actor, who was a former friend. A promotional video was made for the single featuring Bush and a black-masked dancer performing the song against a black background.

The B-side of the song was “Coffee Homeground”, which also featured on Lionheart.

The Sensual World (song)

“The Sensual World” is a song by the English singer Kate Bush. It was the title track and first single from her album of the same name, released in September 1989. The single entered and peaked at no.12 in the UK single charts. The song was later re-recorded using only words taken from Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from James Joyce’s Ulysses, as Bush had originally intended whilst recording The Sensual World album. This version, re-titled “Flower of the Mountain” appears on the 2011 album Director’s Cut.

The B-Side to the original single was “Walk Straight Down the Middle,” a bonus track on the CD and cassette editions of The Sensual World album. The 12″ vinyl release of the single had a double-grooved A-side so that either the song or an instrumental version of the song would be played depending on where the needle was placed.

Experiment IV

“Experiment IV” is a song by the English singer Kate Bush. It was released as a single on 27 October 1986, in order to promote Bush’s greatest hits album The Whole Story. The single peaked at 23 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] simultaneously with “Don’t Give Up”, Bush’s duet with Peter Gabriel, which reached number 9.[1]

The song tells a story about a secret military plan to create a sound that is horrific enough to kill people. The ending of the story is unclear, but in the music video nearly every person working on the project is killed by the horrific sound, which is personified by Bush herself as she changed from an angelic woman into a banshee (a horrifying screaming apparition of Irish lore).

The song features Nigel Kennedy on violin, who at one point replicates the screeching violins from Bernard Herrmann’s famous scoring of the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho.

The B-sides of both the 7″ and 12″ singles included a re-working of “Wuthering Heights”, the single which catapulted her to stardom in 1978. On the 12″ single, the 1980 song “December Will Be Magic Again” was included as an additional B-side.

An extended version of “Experiment IV” appeared on the 12″ vinyl release of the single. Both versions of the song were included on the second CD, second cassette or second LP of rarities on the box set This Woman’s Work, released in 1990.

Eat the Music

“Eat the Music” is a song written and recorded by Kate Bush. Columbia Records published it as the lead release from Bush’s album The Red Shoes in the United States, while EMI chose “Rubberband Girl” everywhere else in the world. In the United Kingdom, a small handful of extremely rare 7″ and promotional CD-singles were produced, but were recalled by EMI Records at the last minute. A commercial release followed in 1994 in the Netherlands and Australia, along with a handful of other countries.

“Eat the Music” is about opening up in relationships to reveal who we really are inside. The single reached #10 in the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart.[2]

Tricky included the song on his edition of the mix album series Back to Mine.

The Dreaming (song)

“The Dreaming” is the title song from Kate Bush’s fourth studio album The Dreaming and was released a single on 26 July 1982. Bush hadn’t released a single since “Sat in Your Lap” thirteen months earlier. “The Dreaming” made it to #48 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song is about the destruction of Aboriginal homelands by white Australians in their quest for weapons-grade uranium. Musical guest Rolf Harris plays the didgeridoo on the recording.

Bird impersonator Percy Edwards provided sheep noises.[1]

The original title for the track was “The Abo Song”, which unwittingly made use of a racial slur; promotional 7″ copies were circulated before being recalled.[2]

An alternative version of “The Dreaming”, entitled “Dreamtime”, was used as the UK single b-side. It is usually referred to as an instrumental version of “The Dreaming”. This is not strictly true in that while the track omits all the sung lead vocal lyrics it still retains most of the backing vocals such as the stretched dreamtime harmonies heard during the chorus. It is also of note that “Dreamtime” contains both an extended intro and outro. It starts with approximately 4 bars of double-tracked didgeridoo drone before the original arrangement comes in and finishes with approximately 30 seconds of the same following a breakdown of the original arrangement.

Don’t Give Up (Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush song)

“Don’t Give Up” is a song written by English rock musician Peter Gabriel and recorded as a duet with Kate Bush for Gabriel’s album So. The single version was released as the second single from the album in the UK in 1986 and fifth in the United States in 1987. It spent eleven weeks in the UK Top 75 chart in 1986, peaking at number nine.

Gabriel drew inspiration from Dorothea Lange’s images such as this, her most famous: “Migrant Mother”.

The song was inspired by the Depression-era photographs of Dorothea Lange, showing poverty-stricken Americans in dust bowl conditions. Gabriel saw Lange’s images in a 1973 book titled In This Proud Land. He felt that a song based on this was wholly appropriate to difficult economic conditions in England under Margaret Thatcher.[1] He composed lyrics within a situation about a man whose unemployment causes stress in his domestic relationship. The verses, sung by Gabriel, describe the man’s feelings of isolation and despair; the choruses, sung by Bush, offer words of hope and encouragement.

Gabriel originally wrote the song from a reference point of American roots music and he approached country singer Dolly Parton to sing it with him. However, Parton turned it down, so his friend Kate Bush took her place.[2]

Two videos were created for the song. The first, by Godley & Creme, consisted of a single take of the singers in an embrace, as the sun enters total eclipse and re-emerges; the second, by Jim Blashfield, featured Gabriel and Bush’s faces superimposed over film of a town and its people in disrepair.

Deeper Understanding

“Deeper Understanding” is a song by Kate Bush released as the lead single from the 2011 album Director’s Cut.[1] The single was a re-working of the song originally released on her 1989 album, The Sensual World. The song’s lyrics describe an increasingly intense relationship between a lonely person and a computer.[2] It is her first single release since 2005.

Kate Bush explained that the song is about how people are replacing human relationships with technology:[3]

“This is about people… well, about the modern situation, where more and more people are having less contact with human beings. We spend all day with machines; all night with machines. You know, all day, you’re on the phone, all night you’re watching telly. Press a button, this happens. […] And this is the idea of someone who spends all their time with their computer and, like a lot of people, they spend an obsessive amount of time with their computer. People really build up heavy relationships with their computers!”[4]

December Will Be Magic Again

“December Will Be Magic Again” is a one-off single by English singer-songwriter-pianist Kate Bush. The single was released in the U.K. in November 1980.

“December Will Be Magic Again” was written and originally recorded in 1979 at Abbey Road Studio 2 London with Preston Heyman on drums, sleigh bells and maracas, Alan Murphy on guitar, Kuma Harada on bass and Kate herself on piano, but not released until the Christmas season of the next year on 17 November 1980. The single peaked at number 29 on the UK Singles Chart, but due to its early release date had slipped before the Christmas week.[1] No promotional video was filmed for this single, but an alternative recording of the song was performed on Bush’s 1979 Christmas television special. In addition to the version on the single release, another very different cut exists (on CD) with congas played by Tour Of Life Drummer Preston Heyman and slide whistles on the rhythm track. Neither has ever appeared on a Kate Bush album, except for the This Woman’s Work box set, but both have managed to find their way on to various Christmas compilations.

Cloudbusting

“Cloudbusting” is a song written, produced and performed by British singer Kate Bush.[1] It was the second single released from her number one 1985 album Hounds of Love. “Cloudbusting” peaked at no.20 in the UK Singles Chart.

The song is about the very close relationship between psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich and his young son, Peter, told from the point of view of the mature Peter. It describes the boy’s memories of his life with Reich on their family farm, called Orgonon where the two spent time “cloudbusting”, a rain-making process which involved pointing at the sky a machine designed and built by Reich, called a cloudbuster. The lyric further describes Wilhelm Reich’s abrupt arrest and imprisonment, the pain of loss the young Peter felt, and his helplessness at being unable to protect his father. The song was inspired by Peter Reich’s 1973 memoir, A Book of Dreams, which Bush read and found deeply moving.[2]

In a retrospective review of the single, Allmusic journalist Amy Hanson praised the song for its “magnificence” and “hypnotic mantric effects”. Hanson wrote: “Safety and danger are threaded through the song, via both a thoughtful lyric and a compulsive cello-driven melody.[3] Even more startling, but hardly surprising, is the ease with which Bush was able to capture the moment when a child first realizes that adults are fallible.”[4]

Breathing (Kate Bush song)

“Breathing” is a single by Kate Bush, the first cut from her 1980 album Never for Ever, with backing vocals by Roy Harper.

The single was issued on 14 April 1980, four months before the album was released, and reached number 16 in the UK charts, remaining in the charts for seven weeks.[1] It was the first single by Bush to feature a non-LP track on its B-side, “The Empty Bullring”.

The Big Sky (song)

“The Big Sky” is a song by English singer-songwriter Kate Bush. Released in 1986, it was the fourth and final single to be released from her No. 1 album Hounds of Love. The single became another Top 40 hit for Bush, peaking at No. 37 in the UK singles chart.

The 7″ single was released as the “Special Single Mix,” which includes an alternate intro. This version appears as a B-side on the 1994 CD single “The Red Shoes.” The 12″ single includes an extended version of “The Big Sky” called the “Meteorological Mix”.

The song is about remembering some of the simple pleasures enjoyed as children that most no longer find the time for, such as spending the afternoon looking at the sky, watching the clouds take on shapes.

The B-side is a song called “Not This Time”. The 12″ single includes an additional B-side, “The Morning Fog,” a track on the Hounds of Love album. The music video was directed by Bush herself. In 1987, “The Big Sky” was nominated for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Babooshka (song)

“Babooshka” is a song by English singer Kate Bush, taken from her album Never for Ever. Released as a single in June 1980, it spent 10 weeks in the UK chart, peaking at number five.[2] It was an even bigger hit in Australia, where it peaked at number two and was the 20th best-selling single of the year.[3]

According to an interview Kate Bush gave to the Australian TV series Countdown in 1980, the song chronicles a wife’s desire to test her husband’s loyalty. To do so, she takes on the nom de plume of Babooshka and sends notes to her husband in the guise of a younger woman—something which she fears is the opposite of how her husband currently sees her.[4] (Hence the barbed lines Just like his wife before she “freezed” on him/Just like his wife when she was beautiful.)[5]

Army Dreamers

“Army Dreamers” is a music single, the third and final song to be released from the album Never For Ever by Kate Bush. It was a UK top 20 hit in October 1980.

“Army Dreamers” was released on 22 September 1980 and peaked at number 16 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] The song is about the effects of war and about a mother who grieves for her young adult son, who was killed on military manoeuvres. Saddened by his unnecessary death, she wrestles with her guilt over what she could have done to prevent it. The song’s waltz tempo marks a change to Bush’s previous singles. The version on the original single release is longer than on the LP/CD release. The LP version fades; the single release has a hard ending (the version of the single from The Single File, however, fades like the LP release).

The single includes two B-sides, “Delius” and “Passing Through Air”. “Delius” is Bush’s tribute to English composer Frederick Delius. The subtitle, “Song of Summer”, comes from one of Delius’ works, and from a BBC film Bush saw about the composer’s life. Again, it’s of note that the LP version is different in that the previous track “Babooshka” segues into it, whereas the single B-side version begins unobscured. “Passing Through Air” is one of Bush’s earliest works—originally recorded in 1973 at David Gilmour’s studio, a few weeks after her 15th birthday.[2]

The reference in the lyrics to “BFPO” refers to “British Forces Post Office”, the postal system for the British armed forces, who deliver the message: “Our little army boy is coming home, from BFPO.”.

“Army Dreamers” was one of 68 songs considered inappropriate for airplay by the BBC during the first Gulf War.

And So Is Love

“And So Is Love” is a song written and recorded by musician Kate Bush. It was the fourth and final single release from the album The Red Shoes. Guest star Eric Clapton plays guitar on the track.[1] The Hammond organ is by Gary Brooker of Procol Harum.[citation needed]

Released on 7 November 1994, the single climbed to number 26 in the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed] Its entry into the Top 40 marked Bush’s first appearance on Top of the Pops in nine years. The lyric is about the end of a love affair, with the narrator declaring that both life and love are sad, and deciding that for the “sake of love,” the two must set each other free.

“Eat the Music” also appears on the UK “And So Is Love” CD single, in the same version as on the 12-inch single featured on the U.S. CD and cassingle. Additionally, there is a third version, the so-called “Extended Mix” which appears on the European and Australian singles, and which is actually 12 seconds shorter than the LP mix.

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