Kate Bush

Kate Bush, by ErnestIt’s Kate’s birthday today, providing me with a perfect excuse to show off this great painting of Ernest’s, and also find out how many of you are fans.

You all know the connection: David passed Kate’s demo recordings EMI’s way and would go on to produce tracks on her debut album, ‘The Kick Inside’. More recently, Kate would be a very welcome surprise guest at David’s final Meltdown show, in 2002.

If you have a favourite Kate Bush song, album, fact or moment, we want to know about it.

Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Ernest.

If you have something similar, we’d love to see it. Just get it online and send me the URL.

The chatroom is open, and will be until 12:00 (UK), should you care to pop in. Newcomers are most welcome. Please read this first, which should tell you all you need to know.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

55 thoughts on “Kate Bush”

  1. I don’t have a favorite, but I have a lot of memories associated with Kate Bush.

    One of her albums accompanied me on a very long road trip about 12 years ago, when I moved from Oregon (where I’d been living for five years) back to New York State (where I live now). That’s three thousand miles, including two major mountain ranges and the thousands of miles of wheat fields that lie between.

    Kate Bush, R.E.M., Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, King Crimson, k.d.lang, and countless others kept me company on that trip. By comparison, the radio often gave a choice between twangy country music and Rush Limbaugh. Either would have driven me off the side of a bridge, if not for the music I had taken with me. Also, I kinda got a crush on Kate Bush from the sound of her voice.

    The one time I was ever in a women’s bathroom, there was lewd graffiti written about Kate Bush. Apparently, at least one woman out there felt the same way as I did about Kate Bush.

  2. Favourite Kate Bush moment! What is this, Guy’s radio show? He has featured some classic Kate Bush moments. 😉

    She is fantastic. ‘Aerial’ is a masterpiece. Did you realise that the ‘landscape’ on the artwork is actually the waveform from the birdsong sound?

    The latest ‘Coverville’ (excellent podcast that features ‘good’ covers of songs) features Kate Bush [click my name).

    Happy Birthday Kate! (If you’re reading.) 😉

    PS: Belated Happy Birthday to Reeechard and Happy Anniversary to David and Polly. 🙂

  3. Hello fed,

    Cloudbusting – beautiful song & video featuring the wonderful Donald Sutherland.

  4. Kate is a highly talented and unique artiste.

    [I kinda got a crush on Kate Bush from the sound of her voice. – NewYorkDan]

    Yes Dan, know what you mean. I too have many adolescent memories of Kate’s videos and performances!

    All credit to David for spotting her potential and supporting her career launch.

    Running Up That Hill is my favourite. I have a performance of her, with David on guitar, on old fashioned video tape!

    Hope you’re all having a good time in the chatroom.

    Paul_C

  5. Hi everyone & FEd,

    Happy birthday dear Kate.

    I’m not a fan of Kate Bush but there are many songs from her that I like to listen. As Pink Floyd or David Gilmour, Kate Bush work very hard on the sound of her music. “Wuthering Heights” & “Running Up That Hill” are among my favorites. But the last record “Aerial” was quite good, particularly the title track “Aerial”, “King of the Mountain” & “Nocturn”.

    Today, I’m back to work after three weeks of holidays with my girlfriend in the south of France…2 years ago, I was in Vienne for the very good concert of David Gilmour: I’m waiting for your celebrating article FEd! 😉

    Have a good day

    Patoch’

    [I shall look forward to it, Patoch’ – thank you. – FEd]

  6. Great painting, Ernest!

    I’m a big Kate Bush fan. I have all her albums and saw her three times on her only tour in 1979, not including RFH in Jan. 2002.

    It was a WONDERFUL surprise. I couldn’t believe my luck! One of the best versions of “Comfortably Numb” ever. I only wish it was on DVD!

    Happy Birthday, Kate!

    My fact: Like David, Kate also has an Ivor Novello Award.

    [For Outstanding Contribution to British Music, 2002. Very well deserved it was, too. (Not forgetting one for Outstanding British Lyric – for ‘The Man with the Child in His Eyes’ – from 1979, if I’m not mistaken.) – FEd]

  7. Hello everyone, mates,

    just a bunch of wishes to David and Polly and the children (14 years …), to Rick for his …th birthday (better and better) and to Kate Bush, associated member in David’s band.

    A happy summer to you FEd..are you in UK in these days?
    Come to Sardinia…wonderful beach, blue sky, very good wine and delicious food..is it enough?

    With love
    diana

    [More than enough, Diana. It sounds delightful. – FEd]

  8. Must admit to not instantly enjoying her music when she first appeared.

    However over the years it enjoyed me more and more.

    I was at the RFH on David’s third night in 2002 and, if memory serves, Kate Bush was a guest.

  9. Hello,

    I have always liked “Army Dreamers” and I find the accompanying video to that song moves me to tears sometimes.

    “…what a waste, army dreamers”

    I have always been a fan of “Man with the Child in his Eyes” too.

    Kind regards.

    Julie

  10. Finally they have announced it on the Fender site… (click my name). 🙂

    [Any discussion at ‘The DG Strat’ post, not here, please. There’s a link on the right. – FEd]

  11. Cool painting.

    I only know a few of her songs, but I have “The Kick Inside” and my favourite song off it is “James and the Cold Gun”.

    Happy birthday Kate. You look great for 50!

  12. Have to admit, I’ve never been a fan of Kate Bush and her music.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  13. Happy Birthday Kate, my favourite female artist. Ever!

    I was fortunate to be at her first official gig during the Tour of Life tour at the Liverpool Empire in April 1979. It still stands out as one of the most remarkable shows I’ve ever seen, the incorporation of dance into a live music gig was completely new to me. She was also the first to use a wireless headset I believe, allowing her to dance so much.

    A great singer, song-writer and dancer and by all accounts a thoroughly nice lady.

    Hot, too. 🙂

    CJD

  14. I haven’t left a message in a while, but I read regularly and could not resist commenting today.

    Ernest’s painting was a pleasure to see this afternoon. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Kate is my favourite female artist, also.

    I attended one of her 1979 shows at the London Palladium. What a show! A phenomenal talent, who has given us quality rather than quantity, and bursts with originality.

    I couldn’t chose a favourite album or song, but The Kick Inside is a firm favourite and I am so grateful to David for his part in helping to launch Kate’s career. The world of music world is undeniably a better place for her contributions and I hope she has a very happy birthday.

    Happy Birthday, Kate!

    Do you have a favourite, FEd?

    [There are many, Luis, but a favourite lyric springs to mind (from ‘Sat In Your Lap’ from ‘The Dreaming’): “I want to be a lawyer, I want to be a scholar, but I really can’t be bothered. Just gimme it quick, gimme it, gimme-gimme-gimme-gimme!” I’ve always appreciated her humour, not to mention applauded her stubbornness. She sets herself very high standards and hasn’t seemed to compromise them for anyone or anything, even if it means putting noses out of joint, which is not only courageous (when surrounded by bullies, frankly) but deeply admirable. I second all of your comments; I think she’s great and hope she has a lovely birthday. – FEd]

  15. Although I’ve heard my dad play Kate Bush before and liked it I haven’t yet put any on my mp3 player but hopefully that will change this afternoon thanks to this topic reminding me of what I’ve been missing.

    I don’t remember seeing Aerial on many lists of favourite albums from 2000 to now but I bet there are a few people who are kicking themselves now.

    I’ve just looked and seen that ‘King of the Mountain’ was released in October 2005. I can’t believe that it was really 3 years ago.

    It’s a bit late I know but Happy Birthday to Richard as well as to Kate, and Happy Anniversary to David and Polly. Speaking of which, how do people know that today is their anniversary?

    [Yesterday. – FEd]

  16. [Not forgetting one for Outstanding British Lyric – for ‘The Man with the Child in His Eyes’ – from 1979, if I’m not mistaken. – FEd]

    Thanks FEd! Good to see from your reply to Luis G that you “Feel It” too.

    Can I ask, did you see Kate in 1979?

    [You can. – FEd]

  17. [Today, I’m back to work after three weeks of holidays – Patoch’]

    Bon courage pour le boulot, Patoch!

    Si seulement on pouvait revenir deux ans en arrière…, non?

    Michèle

  18. Loved Running Up That Hill at the Secret Policeman’s Ball.

    David was in true form and you gotta love the Steinberger guitar too. 🙂

  19. i’ve never been a fan of kate bush personally (just a bit too ‘pop’ for me). i like rock’n’roll. rock’n’roll is the only music that matters.

    [That would be Bill Haley and Elvis, then? No, don’t answer. You bored me enough with your last one. Fun’s over. – FEd]

  20. [Can I ask, did you see Kate in 1979? – Fran]

    [You can. – FEd]

    OK… Did you see Kate in 1979? LOL!

    [Sadly, I didn’t. – FEd]

  21. There are several celebrities named Bush…but they don’t all have the same sensitivity, delicacy…

    Bon, I do love ‘Aerial’ (2005), even if it’s not her most successful album. It is atmospheric, experimental, emotional, it reminds me of ‘Up’ by Peter Gabriel and even ‘Cuckooland’ by Robert Wyatt.

    It’s not a commercial album, it’s rare in the 2000s, so it’s priceless (imho).

    My favourite track is ‘A Coral Room’, this piano/vocal piece is profoundly moving. (Isn’t it dedicated to her dead mother?)

    And it’s the first time ever I heard the decimals of ‘Pi’ sung in such a poetic way!

    Tchin, Tchin, Kate!

    Et ‘Allez Les Rouges’ ce soir! ok, off topic, (no connection to ‘The Red shoes’! quoique…)

    Michèle

  22. [That would Bill Haley and Elvis, then? No, don’t answer. You bored me enough with your last one. Fun’s over. – FEd]

    no no no, you misunderstand me. i meant rock’n’roll as in bands like black sabbath, pink floyd, led zeppelin and of course AC/DC. not that old rock.

    [And everyone agrees with you. Everyone. – FEd]

  23. She’s one of my wife’s favorites and I listened to her Kate Bush LP’s over 20 years ago. My favorite album is, among others here, The Kick Inside…

    Great artist, with a absolute unique approach!

    Happy birthday to her, although I don’t think she’ll read those lines…

    Taki
    Bavaria

  24. Thanks for the compliments everyone about my painting. But, first of all: happy birthday Kate!

    Some of my favourite songs: The Man with the Child in His Uyes, Running Up That Hill, Cloudbursting…

    About my painting. Actually, I made this more then 20 years ago. Together with my brother, I ran a freelance software house / programmer team those days, in the 80s. I did all the graphics for our computer games, published in the UK for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. I remember, I had a bit of spare time and wanted to see if I could provide some “real” painting / artwork. So I decided to make a painting of one of my favourite artists, Kate Bush.

    I must say, Kate still sings (and looks) beautiful. She is indeed a great artist! Hope we don’t have to wait too long before a next album…

    Thanks for publishing FEd!

    Ernest

    [My pleasure, Ernest. Thanks for sharing it. – FEd]

  25. [Bon courage pour le boulot, Patoch! Si seulement on pouvait revenir deux ans en arrière…, non? – Michèle]

    Merci Michèle pour les encouragements!!!

    Yes, if only we could turn back 2 years ago, in this wonderful amphitheater in Vienne (France). I’m sure we attended one of the best show of this DG’s “On an Island” Tour.

    “Echoes” was one of my best moment in this show (I was sad to see that the version played that night won’t featured in the “Live in Gdansk” bonus CD) with “Time”, “On an island”, “Take a Breath”, “A Pocketful of Stones” & “Comfortably Numb”… But the near 3 hours of show were fantastic, absolutely!!!

    A bientôt Michèle,

    Patoch’

  26. Totally off-topic:

    [I did all the graphics for our computer games, published in the UK for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. – Ernest]

    My third computer I ever owned was a Spectrum and the last I programmed myself in assembler. 😉

    Cheers,

    Taki
    Bavaria

  27. I think Kate Bush is excellent. Although I haven’t listened to her in a while.

    The Man with the Child in His Eyes and This Woman’s Work are a couple of favourites.

    I shall go and listen to some in honour of her birthday.

    Martin.

  28. I have to admit that I’m not very familiar with Kate Bush, but I do rather like “Wuthering Heights”.

  29. Never been a huge fan, but a couple of songs from her first album are associated with a wonderful period from my childhood and instantly take me back to when I was 8 whenever I hear them.

    My folks were never big fans of buying records when I was a kid, so they used to tape everything they liked off the radio. Wuthering Heights and The Man With The Child In His Eyes were on constant rotation in the car during trips to the beach that summer. Lovely, wonderful, innocent times, and that’s what these two songs remind me of.

    Beautiful songs, but that’s as far as my appreciation of Ms Bush goes. Never got into any of her later stuff, when I was old enough to form my own opinions and buy my own records. U2 and The Cult were about by then, the other end of the spectrum to Kate Bush… to an opinionated 14 or 15 year old, anyway. 🙂

    Kev

  30. I certainly remember Kate bursting onto the scene with that theatrical performance on “Top of the Pops” back in 1979 (ish) ….

    Favourite songs – The Man With the Child in His Eyes probably, but I’ve a got a soft spot for WOW! – might be something to do with the arm twirling ….

    (Don’t let the kids watch the video though David….) 😉

  31. [I’m sure we attended one of the best show of this DG’s “On an Island” Tour. – Patoch’]

    Same here…

    But, I also think that everybody that saw David perform in 2006 is convinced that they attended the best show.

    I sometimes wonder, maybe even David couldn’t choose ‘his’ best one.

    BTW, what does it mean, ‘best’ concert? it’s very subjective.

    Michèle

  32. Happy birthday Kate!

    I like most of her work, but my favourite songs from Kate are:

    – Kashka From Baghdad
    – The Man With The Child In His Eyes
    – Egypt
    – Joanni
    – Somewhere In Between

  33. Kate is a wonder, simple as that. The Hounds of Love album is a brilliant piece of art as well her latest triumph, Aerial. Side two: “A Sky of Honey” rivals Pink Floyd’s best work….simply marvellous.

    Happy Birthday Kate.

  34. Although she doesn’t remember it now, my daughter’s favourite song when she was 2 years old was ‘Rubber Band Girl’ – she’s going to kill me when she reads this. 😀

    My husband’s favourite – ‘Babooshka’, think that may have had something to do with the video though.

    Me – ‘Running Up That Hill’.

  35. By the way, did I dream it or was our own David one of “them heavy people”?

  36. I would have to say that The Kick Inside is one of my favorite albums by Kate Bush. I really enjoy Wuthering Heights and The Man with the Child in His Eyes are really some of her greatest songs off of the Album.

    I just wanted to thank everyone who sent me a email about my Dad and I am so glad that I was able to fly down to Southern California to be with my Sister and Brother during this time of sadness, for I will really miss my Dad.

    Take Care, Thomas

  37. I’ve always loved her voice, and I used to play “The Sensual World” CD a lot. It’s been a while, and I think perhaps I’ll pull it off the shelf right about now…

  38. Very nice painting! I was not a big Kate Bush fan but I do recall enjoying hearing “Running up that Hill” on the radio in the 80s and I also remember how gorgeous she was in the video.

    Best regards,
    James

  39. Great painting Ernest! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    I love Kate Bush and wish her many happy returns on the day. Happy Birthday belatedly to Mr. Wright as well.

    I like Kate’s new songs and her old songs evoke many happy memories. I guess I’d choose This Woman’s Work as my favorite.

  40. Kate Bush has always been my favourite female artist, just love her work… And the bonus of course is when Mr. Gilmour joins in and provide that extra magic, like on “Rocket’s Tail”.

    Wish you all a good summer!

    Cheers!

    JT

  41. Wow! FEd, you remind me such memories, right now!

    I was 15 or 16 years old, living in Quebec City at that time, just coming back from school, going in my room and listening to Kate’s music. I was singing over Kate’s voice, trying to have this same pure, high and different sound but without success (I am not a singer but at that time, I would love to have been one).

    Kate is about the same age as me and I was so impressed by her unique voice; my favorite songs were Moving and Wuthering Heights.

    So Happy Birthday dear Kate. I would never know that one day I would send you birthday wishes (je n’aurais jamais cru qu’un jour je te souhaiterais bonne fete, chere Kate); it is better in French!!!

  42. Happy birthday Kate. I’ve always been a fan and was delighted to discover the connection with David later on.

    Aerial is a masterpiece.

    Thinking about collaborations that really seemed to work like Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris and Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, my ultimate would be David and Kate!

  43. I remember the early “Live at the Hammersmith” as one of my first music video concerts I owned. I was mesmerized by her use of a head set and the way she could sing and move on stage. Unfortunately it was on Beta max video tape and became unplayable.

    I wonder if it is available on DVD now?

    [I don’t think it is, Grant. – FEd]

  44. Hi Fed,

    Haven’t been around much lately – holiday season, so I’m not around computers much.

    I’m a huge fan of Kate Bush – loved her music even before I got into Pink Floyd. Favorites: The Man With the Child in His Eyes, Wuthering Heights, Babooshka, Pull Out the Pin, Army Dreamers, Hounds of Love, Cloudbusting….

    So, happy birthday Kate, happy anniversary to the Gilmour family, happy Thursday to you Fed…and a question for those from London: any good gigs there in August? I’ll be there from 13th to 24th, and I hope to see a good show…

    Beware, Fed, I might pay a visit to your country, too. 😉

    [Very good, Comfy. Anyone know of any good gigs? – FEd]

  45. Another awesome sounding clip, sounds to me like a mix of “Time”, “Take a Breath” and “Learning to Fly”.

    Greg

  46. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kate! Hope you had a wonderful day!

    I was luckily enough to see her performance with David at one of the 3 RFH shows in LONDON 2002. That day I was sitting behind the band in the choir section behind the background choir incl. Sam Brown and Carol Kenyon. A nice and interesting view by the way…! However it was a shame to see Kate that day only from behind perf. a GREAT version of COMFORTABLY NUMB that evening!

    My favourite from her? I really like the albums KICK INSIDE and HOUNDS OF LOVE. I have the full Japanese CD-BOX-Set and so all of her work and also the newest album, which I love too!

    The performance of “RUNNING UP THAT HILL” with DAVID on guitar from 1987 (which I have on an very old video casette) I really enjoyed also.

    With much love… Kate xxx (I love you too)!

    P.S. Much thanks and love to Dave Gilmour for “rolling the ball” in the beginning… (Kate Bush, 1978)

  47. Happy Birthday, Kate. I’ve yet to ear your work but will get around to it (shame on me being a Gilmour fan and all).

    I’ve been quite busy…am here in the Los Angeles area for a conference (and a nice little earthquake). I have the family with me and wouldn’t mind meeting any of you in the area. Lemme know…

    How are you Fed, good I hope?

    [Good, thanks. – FEd]

  48. What intrigued me is Kate’s unique voice. Rolling The Ball is what I remember.

    Happy Birthday!

  49. Happy birthday Kate!

    My favorite song is “Running Up That Hill” (followed up by “Wuthering Heights”). Great drive in that song!

    And the live version performed with David at the Secret Policeman’s Third Ball is awesome!

    Cheers,
    Marleen

    (P.S. hope you had a happy 14th wedding day, David & Polly!)

  50. Hounds Of Love was Kate’s best album, it was a true classic.

    Best song: Under The Ivy or This Woman’s Work.

    Great artist who should be doing more.

    Anthony

  51. HB Kate..Amazing voice, amazing person.

    Oh and I’d like to hear her on David’s album. 🙂

  52. Happy Birthday to you Kate Bush, you truly are a diamond in the rough!

    Thanks for all the Great Music, and thanks to David Gilmour for believing in you!

    Have a Great Weekend Everyone.

    thanks,
    joefromCanada

  53. Is anyone else disappointed about the pricing of David’s Replica Strat? The cost really does put it way beyond of the average fan.

    Why two models too? Sounds like someone over the pond is cashing in.

    I’d love to know if David approves.

    [I take it that you missed the entries ‘Second edition Black Strat’ and ‘The DG Strat’. Links on the right, under RECENT POSTS. There have been a few comments about the price… – FEd]

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