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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.

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