Thanks for all the congrats on the new job. The first week has been mostly admin stuff and lots of forms. Forms for health insurance and nice stuff like that. It’s already clear I’m going to be a busy bee, but hopefully I’ll have time to blog more often now that my brain is clear to write about topics other than the horrors of 26 months of un-or under-employment. Blogmistress Kiri is also getting back on the bandwagon as well.

In the 80s and 90s I was never really a huge fan of Kate Bush. Her music was always in the background of my awareness despite releasing tons of music videos during that time. I liked her collaboration with Peter Gabriel and that was about it.

My Computer” was another collaboration she did with Prince in 1997 that started to pique my interest in her music a little more. It was an interesting song about being lonely despite a high download speed with your AOL dialup. The song wasn’t that catchy but I was starting to get the impression she sang about deeply personal situations and my interest grew.

Maxwell did a touching soul cover of “This Woman’s Work,” which my purist Kate Bush fan friend Doug decried as an abomination to the meaning of the song and everything Kate Bush. I liked it anyway, and looked that song up to understand what it meant. Still not clear on the meaning but the song is a testament to the human condition, or something.

Then for some reason lately I’ve been on a major Kate Bush roll. I think it was the first time I really listened to the lyrics from “Wuthering Heights” that started my fanaticism. I was like, “What the hell is this song about?” Then thanks to the Internets I was able to read the lyrics in earnest and I was like “OMFG SHE’S SINGING FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A GHOST!” based on the novel of the same name. That’s pretty creative. After a good workout you might find me screeching out the words when there’s nobody at home. “HEATHCLIFF! IT’S ME KATHY I’VE COME HOME!”

One of her more recent releases, “Eider Falls at Lake Tahoe” is about a dog running away from home. Maybe it’s about something else but I have yet to find the deeper meanings to this one. Still, writing about a dog’s romp through the woods is pretty trippy too.

During the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony NBC cut out “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” due to broadcast time restraints. Curse NBC for this crime. The song is about understanding the opposite sex, but presented in a sport venue the song takes on a different meaning. It might ask: do you understand the struggle and pain of sport, either victory or defeat? Kate did not perform the song live but the video montage of the athletes was a powerful interpretation of the music.

The touching video for “Moments of Pleasure” drew me in, and again I looked up the lyrics. It may have been written during a time when her cretive friends were dying during the AIDS casualties in the 90s. Makes me tear up every time. “Cloudbusting,” about a mad scientist. “Rubberband Girl” about getting back up again to recover. “The Man with the Child in His Eyes,” “Wow, “Love and Anger,” and “The Sensual World.” The list seems to grow every day for me and I’m a giddy fan.

But despite her recent series of shows in London she’s unlikely to perform in the States. I hear she doesn’t like to travel overseas, and right now it’s unlikely I have a budget that would support a trip across the pond should she perform again. I’m caught up on seeing all my favorite 80s and 90s artists live, but Kate Bush is a glaring and painful omission from this list. I’m too late to this game, but I will continue to hope she tours again soon.

6 Comments

  1. Blobby says:

    honest to g-d, my friend thought the lyrics were: “Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m camping….”. I love Kate’s version, but Pat Benatar has a decent version. ‘Hounds of Love’ was my actual first CD purchase (even before I got the player). “Under Ice” is still one of the most haunting songs ever.

  2. brettcajun says:

    “This Woman’s Work”, “Running Up That Hill”, and “Sensual World” are my favorite Kate Bush’s songs.

  3. cb says:

    You realize, of course, that I went and saw her perform in London during her recent stint of shows at the Apollo Hammersmith….

  4. Sean Dilley says:

    I can’t say that I’m a hardcore Kate Bush fan, but she has a handful of songs, most of which you mention in your post, that really knock me out. “Moments of Pleasure” is so beautiful, and her shout-out in it to the archangels isn’t your average pop song.

  5. SharkeyNY says:

    I was ostracized in the 80’s more for liking Kate Bush (and many other “underground” musicians) than for being queer. Similar to Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense” or “Home of the Brave” from Laurie Anderson, I was captivated by the artistry in “The Line, the Cross & the Curve”, a film which accompanied the release of Kate’s “The Red Shoes” album. After the BBC documentary, take another hour to indulge: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1fzxv4_kate-bush-the-line-the-cross-the-curve-1993_shortfilms

  6. Shawn says:

    Love this post. Haven’t listened to Kate for awhile but thanks to Google Play she’s been playing all day.